Photo by Robert Cifone
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio --- Three Carlow University women's soccer
players earned All-River States Conference honors, the league
All-RSC awards are voted on by the league's head coaches. There
are 14 players each named to the All-RSC First and Second Teams.
That includes four forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and
two goalkeepers on each team.
Center back Rachel Flory (SR/Huntington
Beach, Calif.) and goalkeeper Lauren
Forte (SO/Johnstown, Pa.) were named to the All-RSC
First Team, and forward Alexa Schwab (JR/Conway,
Pa.) was named to the second team. Abby
Marinucci (SO/Uniontown, Pa.) earned to Champions of
Character award, which recognizes one player from each school who
best exemplifies the five values of NAIA Champions of Character:
Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and
This season saw the Celtics end the year 4-9-5 overall and 2-3-5
in the RSC, narrowly missing the playoffs.
Flory was the anchor that held the back line together during her
time as a Celtic. She played a significant role in five shutout
games this season.
Forte was first in the league with a 0.85 goals against average
(GAA) and ninth in the league with 4.81 saves per game. She racked
up a total 77 saves in 1369:50 minutes in net.
Schwab led the team with six goals and ended the season third in
the conference in shots on goal per game with an average 2.67.
Flory and Forte also earned USCAA All-American second team
honors, as well as RSC Defensive Player of the Week nods this
season. Schwab was awarded USCAA honorable mention, announced earlier this
week. Forte and Marinucci were also named to the USCAA
All-Academic team, which is awarded to sophomores or above with a
3.5 or higher GPA.
Ohio Christian University senior forward Brooke Lezotte earned a
big honor as RSC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year. She
led the forward category of the All-RSC First Team after putting up
22 goals, 46 points and five game-winning goals.
IU East junior Dejhanna O'Bryant led the midfielders in votes
and was named the RSC Women's Soccer Player of the Year.
WVU Tech sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Miller was voted the RSC
Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year. She played in 15 games
with 1.15 goals against on average and led the Golden Bears to
fourth place in the standings.
IU East's Shane Meridith was named RSC Women's Soccer Coach of
the Year in his third season. He has the Red Wolves at 12-3-3
overall entering the championship game.
IU East freshman goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum notched another award
for the Red Wolves as the RSC Women's Soccer Newcomer of the Year.
She gave up 0.98 goals per game in 16 starts.
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