Watson Earns First Team All-CAA

November 01, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 1, 2006

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (November 1, 2006) - Old Dominion's junior forward Katie Watson who scored 12 goals with five assists this year was named to the CAA's first team All-Conference. Freshman defender Dani Hammer was selected to the CAA All-Rookie team.

ODU (16-4) will take on top seed and 11th ranked William and Mary Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.in the CAA semi-finals at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex.

William & Mary sophomore forward Claire Zimmeck was selected as the 2006 Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer Player of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches. The award was presented Wednesday night on the eve of the semifinals of the CAA Women's Soccer Championship in Virginia Beach.

Also receiving top women's soccer honors from the CAA were Hofstra junior defender Sue Weber as Defensive Player of the Year, Northeastern freshman midfielder Sophia Palmquist as Rookie of the Year and UNC Wilmington's Paul Cairney and William & Mary's John Daly as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Zimmeck was the top offensive player in the CAA this season, leading the league in goals (14), points (31) and game-winning goals (6). She scored at least one goal in nine of W&M's 19 contests and recorded four multi-goal performances, including a hat trick in the Tribe's 3-1 win over James Madison. Zimmeck was especially strong down the stretch, scoring 10 goals in her final six games to help lead W&M to a first-place finish in the CAA regular-season standings. She earned National Player of the Week honors from three publications in mid-October after scoring seven goals in a three-game stretch.

Weber is a repeat winner of the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the second player in league history to achieve that feat. A 2005 NSCAA All-American and one of 25 players on the Hermann Trophy Watch List, Weber anchored an inexperienced Hofstra defense that lost three starters to season-ending knee injuries. The Pride allowed just 23 goals in 19 matches and posted six shutouts. Weber, who has played every minute of every game in her Hofstra career, also contributed three assists this season.

Palmquist made an impact in her first year as a starter in the Northeastern midfield, scoring four goals and leading the team with four assists. She converted a penalty kick in the regular-season finale at Hofstra that tied the game and earned the Huskies a berth in the CAA Tournament for the first time. Palmquist, who also scored the game-winning goal for NU against George Mason, was tied for second on the team with 12 points.

Cairney guided UNC Wilmington to its most overall victories in school history with a 13-5 mark. The Seahawks also posted a school-record eight CAA wins and their second-place conference finish was the highest ever. UNCW is currently ranked #8 in the Southeast Region by Soccer Buzz. Daly led William & Mary to its most regular-season victories in school history with a sparkling 16-1-2 mark. The Tribe went unbeaten in CAA play, setting a league record for conference wins with a 10-0-1 finish. William & Mary has been nationally ranked for the past nine weeks and is currently ranked #11 by Soccer Buzz and #12 by Soccer America.

Nine CAA teams had at least one player on the All-CAA first team. At forward, Zimmeck was joined by James Madison junior Annie Lowry (8g, 5a), Old Dominion junior Katie Watson (12g, 5a) and Northeastern senior Kristin Kowalik (5g, 3a). In the midfield, Palmquist was joined by UNC Wilmington sophomore Kelly Renkin (10g, 1a), VCU junior Hayley Moorwood (6g, 4a) and UNCW junior Jenny Cauble (3g, 2a).

On defense, Weber was joined by William & Mary sophomore Danielle Collins and George Mason junior Laura Salichs. Towson junior Brandi Daniels, who topped the CAA with 123 saves, earned first team honors at goalkeeper.

2006 All-CAA Women's Soccer Team (Selected by CAA Women's Soccer Coaches)

FIRST TEAM Claire Zimmeck, W&M So F Annie Lowry, JMU, Jr. F Katie Watson, ODU, Jr. F Kristin Kowalik, NU Sr. F. Kelly Renkin, UNCW, So. MF Hayley Moorwood, VCU, Jr. MF Sophia Palmquist, NU, Fr., MF Jenny Cauble, UNCW, Jr. MF Sue Weber, Hofstra, Jr. D Danielle Collins, WM, So. D Laura Salichs, GMU, Jr. D Brandi Daniels, Towson, Jr. GK

CAA All-Rookie Jamie Balzarini, UNCW GK Lelsie Cabe, GMU, MF Diane Caldwell, Hofstra MF Laure Dupont, VCU, D Brittany Hadaway, Towson, MF Dani Hammer, ODU, D Corky Julien, JMU MF Jill LIpari, Hofstra, F Liza Rebello, NU, MF Sophia Palmquist, NU, MF Krissy Vornadore, Wm, MF

CAA Player of the Year:Claire Zimmeck, W&M CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Sue Weber, Hofstra CAA Rookie of The Year: Sophia Palmquist, NU CAA Co-Coaches of the Year: Paul Cairney UNCW & John Dalye W&M