Four Bellarmine University women’s soccer players received All-Midwest Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Senior midfielder Lauren Holder garnered first-team All-Region accolades, senior forward Mary Beth Gorham and senior defender Lexy Hazlereaped second-team plaudits and senior goalkeeper Hannah Poteet earned third-team acknowledgement.
“We are very happy for four seniors that have meant so much to our program to get this recognition in their final campaign,” Bellarmine CoachChris Tinius said.
The first-team All-Midwest Region notice was the second such honor this season for Holder, who was also recognized by the D2CCA. The NSCAA has placed Bellarmine’s all-time assists leader on the first team the last two seasons and overall it’s her third acknowledgement from the organization. The native of St. Louis distributed a team-best six assists and chipped in three goals this year.
“Lauren has been the catalyst of our attack for several years and that was no different this season,” Tinius said. “Her skill on the ball and ability to make plays was invaluable to our team.”
Recognized on the NSCAA’s All-Region teams for the fourth time, Gorham finished her career at Bellarmine as the program’s chart-topper in goals and points. This season, the Nicholasville, Kentucky, native led the team in goals (seven), points (18) and game-winning goals (four) and tied for second in assists (four).
This is the first All-Region accolade for Hazle, who is a two-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection. As a senior, the stalwart defender appeared in all 18 matches with 17 starts and led the team in minutes played with 1,582 while spearheading a defense that allowed the second-fewest goals in a season in program history. The Elizabethtown, Kentucky, native tallied one goal and two assists.
“Mary Beth and Lexy have been cornerstones of this team in different capacities in opposite parts of the field,” Tinius said. “They go all the way back to having played club together, so it’s cool to see them get this honor together as they wrap up their careers.”
Like Holder and Gorham, Poteet this season received All-Region notice from the D2CCA as well as the NSCAA. The native of Lebanon, Illinois, this year accumulated four shutouts and 33 saves while posting a 0.61 goals-against average and 78.6 save percentage.
“I’m very happy for Hannah,” Tinius said. “She’s had injuries the last couple of years, especially in 2015, but she was a wonderful captain and leader the entire time no matter her circumstance. It was nice to see her back on the field and getting this recognition her senior year.”
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2016 NSCAA NCAA Division II
Women’s All-Midwest Region Teams
|K||Katie Mattingly||Jr.||Truman State University||Perryville, Mo.|
|D||Megan Whitehead||Sr.||Truman State University||St. Peters, Mo.|
|D||Kayla Delgado||Sr.||University of Missouri-St. Louis||Belleville, Ill.|
|D||Sophie Callis||Jr.||Trevecca Nazarene University||Nashville, Tenn.|
|D||Clare Carlson||Sr.||Grand Valley State University||Ada, Mich.|
|M||Marti Corby||Sr.||Grand Valley State University||Ada, Mich.|
|M||Courtney Silberberg||Sr.||Rockhurst University||Wildwood, Mo.|
|M||Lauren Holder||Sr.||Bellarmine University||Imperial, Mo.|
|F||Gabriella Mencotti||Jr.||Grand Valley State University||Novi, Mich.|
|F||Sydnee Carroll||So.||McKendree University||Millstadt, Ill.|
|F||Kendra Stauffer||Sr.||Grand Valley State University||Alto, Mich.|
|F||Kaley Nieters||Jr.||Rockhurst University||Ballwin, Mo.|
|F||Jill Bohling||Fr.||Ursuline College||Darmstadt, Germany|
|K||Kiresen Hudak||Jr.||Michigan Tech University||Racine, Wis.|
|D||Rachel Strahorn||Jr.||Ursuline College||Dayton, Ohio|
|D||Caity Schmitt||Jr.||Truman State University||St. Louis, Mo.|
|D||Emily Morin||Sr.||Michigan Tech University||South Barrington, Ill.|
|D||Lexy Hazle||Sr.||Bellarmine University||Elizabethtown, Ky.|
|M||Hannah Atkinson||Fr||Cedarville University||Carol Stream, Ill.|
|M||Meghan Kilkenny||Sr.||Rockhurst University||Lone Tree, Colo.|
|M||Hannah Barney||Jr.||Trevecca Nazarene University||Nashville, Tenn.|
|M||Allison Lockett||Jr.||Truman State University||Shorewood, Wis.|
|F||Jaci Mielke||Sr.||Michigan Tech University||Green Bay, Wis.|
|F||Mary Beth Gorham||Sr.||Bellarmine University||Nicholasville, Ky.|
|F||Stephanie Williams||Sr.||Truman State University||Waukee, Iowa|
|F||Jillian Hetfleisch||Sr.||University of Wisconsin-Parkside||Shorewood, Ill.|
|K||Hannah Poteet||Sr.||Bellarmine University||Lebanon, Ill.|
|D||Sarah Berger||Jr.||Walsh University||Wadsworth, Ohio|
|D||Bria Spraggins||Sr.||Saginaw Valley State University||Grand Rapids, Mich.|
|D||Natalie Quisenberry||Jr.||Quincy University||Wilwood, Mo.|
|D||Hannah Whicker||So.||Cedarville University||Crawfordsville, Ind.|
|M||Cassie Cripe||Sr||Ursuline College||Westfield, Ind.|
|M||Kat Farkas||Jr.||Michigan Tech University||Brighton, Mich.|
|M||Jess Splittgerber||Sr.||Michigan Tech University||DePere, Wis.|
|M||Liz Kaiser||Sr.||McKendree University||St. Louis, Mo.|
|M||Lauren Bialas||Sr.||University of Wisconsin-Parkside||Tinley Park, Ill.|
|F||Karina Giantsopolous||So.||Davis & Elkins College||Markham, Ont.|
|F||Christine Najjar||Sr.||Malone University||Richfield, Ohio|
|F||Abby Pulliam||So.||Quincy University||Eureka, Mo.|
by Adam Pruiett