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

First Team

Pos. Player Class School Hometown
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

Second Team

Pos. Player Class School Hometown
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.

Third Team

Pos. Player Class School Hometown
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