Four Teams Split CAA Women's Soccer Major Awards in Parity-Filled 2022 Campaign

Four Teams Split CAA Women's Soccer Major Awards in Parity-Filled 2022 Campaign

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RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 26, 2022) – Four teams – Drexel, Monmouth, Towson, and William & Mary – earned major regular-season awards for 2022 in Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer with the Dragons and Hawks collecting multiple pieces of hardware.
 

Drexel’s honors included Attacking Player of the Year for Delaney Lappin and Midfielder of the Year for Annalena O’Reilly, while Monmouth’s Jesi Rossman was voted Defensive Player of the Year, and the two head coaches – Drexel’s Ray Goon and Monmouth’s Kylee Flynn – earned Co-Coach of the Year distinction. Towson’s Riley Melendez is the Goalkeeper of the Year in the CAA, while William & Mary’s Ivey Crain earned Rookie of the Year selection. Voting was conducted following Sunday’s games by the league’s 12 head coaches.
 
The four different league members to collect a major award matches the highest total in the last 14 seasons. Monmouth is the first CAA member to win regular season major honors in its inaugural campaign in the league since Hofstra in 2002.
 
Lappin powered Drexel with 10 goals and 23 points – both good for second in the CAA. The South Jersey native’s 12 points in league action (five goals, two assists) helped the Dragons to a return to the CAA Championship for the first time since 2018, the No. 2 seed, and hosting rights this weekend for one half of the bracket. O’Reilly did the majority of her damage in conference play with 12 points (four goals, four assists) in conference action and 19 on the year. The combination of Lappin and O’Reilly contributed to Drexel’s 35 goals in the regular season, which ranked third in the league. They are the first Dragons to win CAA major awards for a player since Christiana Ogunsami was named Co-Defender of the Year in 2016.
 
The conference’s top two defenses were represented in the awards at the defensive end of the field. Rossman and Monmouth limited opponents to seven goals in league play and 11 in the regular season, while Melendez stymied foes to the tune of a 0.457 goals-against average that ranks eighth nationally and .877 save percentage that places 13th along with a nation’s-best 11 shutouts. On the team side, Towson (3rd) and Monmouth (22nd) rank among the nation’s stingiest back lines. Melendez is the first Tiger to win a major CAA honor since Towson joined the league for the 2002 season.
 
Crain concluded the regular season tied for third among Division I freshmen with nine goals and alone in second with 23 points. The freshman forward scored in five of nine league games including a brace against defending league champ Hofstra. Crain is the first W&M player to capture a major conference award since Clara Logsdon was Co-Defender of the Year in 2016 and the first Tribe Rookie of the Year since Katie Hogwood in 2003.
 
Goon delivered the Dragons back to postseason soccer after a 7-0-3 start to the fall, while Flynn steered the Hawks to a regular season title in Monmouth’s first year in the CAA – and her first year at the helm after being promoted during the summer. Goon’s award is his third in Philadelphia after winning in 2012 and 2016.
 
Drexel, Northeastern, and Towson each collected two first-team All-CAA selections and eight different league members were represented on the first team. Eleven CAA teams collected multiple honors on the three all-conference squads.
 
The 2022 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Primis begins Thursday with quarterfinal sites hosted by Monmouth and Drexel. The two teams to advance from the opening weekend will square off the first weekend of November. All seven games of the Championship can be seen on FloFC.
 
2022 All-CAA Women’s Soccer Honors
First Team
Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Vivian Akyirem Northeastern F Fr. Kumasi, Ghana
Nia Christopher Towson F Jr. Devonshire, Bermuda
Ivey Crain William & Mary F Fr. Milton, Ga.
Delaney Lappin Drexel F Jr. Corbin City, N.J.
Jessie Hunt Northeastern M Jr. Edina, Minn.
Annalena O’Reilly Drexel M Sr. Ardmore, Pa.
Grace Powell Charleston M Sr. Daniel Island, S.C.
Abby Fusca Elon D Sr. Vienna, Va.
Jesi Rossman Monmouth D Gr. Lady Lake, Fla.
Anja Suttner Hofstra D Sr. Bodenkirchen, Germany
Riley Melendez Towson GK Jr. Springfield, Va.
 
Second Team
Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Ashlee Brehio Elon F Fr. Hopkinton, N.H.
Kayla Burroughs UNCW F So. Asheboro, N.C.
Phoebe Canoles Towson F R-Jr. Baltimore, Md.
Jasmine Hamid Towson M Jr. Alexandria, Va.
Alexis Legowski Northeastern M Sr. South Hadley, Mass.
Dagny Run Petursdottir Hofstra M Fr. Kópavogur, Iceland
Lauren Bruno Monmouth D Jr. Manalapan, N.J.
Lily Dunbar Drexel D Sr. Columbia, Md.
Maja Hansson Towson D Jr. Sandviken, Sweden
Catharina von Drigalski Stony Brook D Sr. Oberursel, Germany
Cassie Coster Monmouth GK So. Poughquag, N.Y.
 
Third Team
Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Ellen Halseth Hofstra F Sr. Bekkestua, Norway
Lauren Karabin Monmouth F Gr. Wall, N.J.
Reilly Rich Stony Brook F Jr. Ilion, N.Y.
Linn Beck Stony Brook M Fr. Frankfurt, Germany
Sara D’Appolonia Delaware M R-Sr. Yarmouth, Maine
Wiktoria Fronc Hofstra M Fr. London, England
Maddison Perna Monmouth M Sr. Rockaway, N.J.
Lea Panagiotidis Delaware D Jr. Norwalk, Conn.
Makaya Parham UNCW D Jr. Raleigh, N.C.
Shae Yocum Charleston D So. Point Pleasant, N.J.
Holland Stam Northeastern GK Gr. Ipswich, Mass.
 
2022 CAA Attacking Player of the Year: Delaney Lappin, Drexel
2022 CAA Midfielder of the Year: Annalena O’Reilly, Drexel
2022 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Jesi Rossman, Monmouth
2022 CAA Goalkeeper of the Year: Riley Melendez, Towson
2022 CAA Rookie of the Year: Ivey Crain, William & Mary
2022 CAA Co-Coaches of the Year: Kylee Flynn, Monmouth; Ray Goon, Drexel
 
2022 CAA Women’s Soccer All-Rookie Team
Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Vivian Akyirem Northeastern F Fr. Kumasi, Ghana
Linn Beck Stony Brook M Fr. Frankfurt, Germany
Ashlee Brehio Elon F Fr. Hopkinton, N.H.
Ivey Crain William & Mary F Fr. Milton, Ga.
Bubbles Dever Charleston M Fr. Leonardtown, Md.
Elise Duffy Drexel F Fr. Furlong, Pa.
Wiktoria Fronc Hofstra M Fr. London, England
Odaliana Gomez Delaware GK Fr. Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Izzy Lane Delaware F Fr. Buckinghamshire, England
Summer Reimet Monmouth F Fr. Ocean City, N.J.
Dagny Run Petursdottir Hofstra M Fr. Kópavogur, Iceland
 
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