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Honors Roll In For CAA Fall Sports Athletes and Coaches

Dec 6, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

Northeastern field hockey All-American Crystal Poland.

While the fall sports season has mostly come to a close in the CAA, awards for deserving coaches and student-athletes continue to roll in.

In women’s soccer, William & Mary’s Mallory Schaffer received second-team All-America honors from the NSCAA and was also chosen to the Senior CLASS All-America second team. The senior midfielder is just the ninth player in the Tribe’s storied women’s soccer history to earn All-America accolades in consecutive seasons. Schaffer, who was the 2011 and 2012 CAA Player of the Year, contributed 10 goals and 23 points this season and completed her career with 41 goals and 96 points.

Schaffer was one of eight CAA players recognized on the NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic region squad. Four players made the first team with Schaffer joined by Drexel sophomore defender Melissa Chapman, UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose and Hofstra freshman forward Leah Galton. Named to the second team were W&M senior defender Kiersten Harpe and Tribe senior midfielder Cortlyn Bristol. Selected to the third team were Drexel sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana and Delaware senior forward Ali Miller.

Five CAA field hockey players picked up All-America honors from the NFHCA. Leading the group was Northeastern senior Crystal Poland, who made the first team for the second year in a row. The 2012 CAA Player of the Year had a spectacular season, ranking among the top five nationally with 28 goals and 63 points. Receiving second-team All-America accolades were Drexel’s Amanda Fleischut and ODU’s Christy Longacre, while ODU’s Sarah Breen and Northeastern’s Deirdre Duke were named to the third team.

Northeastern’s Cheryl Murtagh was chosen as the NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Co-Coach of the Year for the eighth time in her career after posting a school record-tying 14 wins this season and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Poland was the Northeast Region Player of the Year and was one of 19 CAA players who were selected to various All-Region squads.

In volleyball, Northeastern junior outside hitter Kelly Bacon was selected to the AVCA East Region squad, while Towson’s I’ishah Keliikoa received honorable mention. Bacon, the 2012 CAA Player of the Year, recorded a team-high 326 kills and was second on the team with 247 digs. Keliikoa set a Towson record by hitting .438 this season and was second on the team with 70 blocks.

Most of the major men’s soccer awards won’t be announced until next week, but a few honors after already been accumulated. Northeastern’s Brian Ainscough was chosen as the South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding the Huskies to the CAA title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. JMU freshman defender Bjarki Aðalsteinsson was chosen to the College Soccer News National All-Freshman team. Also, Northeastern senior Don Anding is a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate player.

The CAA announced its major award winners in cross country on Wednesday and it was a clean sweep for conference champion William & Mary on the men’s and women’s side. The Tribe’s Alex McGrath was the men’s Athlete of the Year, freshman Ryan Gousse was the Rookie of the Year and Stephen Walsh earned his third straight Coach of the Year honor.

W&M junior All-American Elaina Balouris was the female Athlete of the Year, fellow All-American Emily Stites was the Rookie of the Year and Jill Miller was the Coach of the Year in her first season at the helm at W&M.