Seven Lady Monarchs Earn Postseason Conference Honors

November 06, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 6, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. - ODU senior forward Katie Watson was named to the All-CAA First Team for the second time in her career and six other Lady Monarchs earned postseason honors when the Colonial Athletic Association released the women's soccer All-Conference teams today. Watson was third in the conference in scoring (31 pts), tied for third in goals (12) and tied for fifth in assists (7).

Watson led the team in every offensive category and scored a career-high tying 33 points this season. She helped lead ODU to its best offensive season in school history, breaking team marks for goals, assists and points in a single season. She climbed the career charts as an individual as well, ranking fourth all-time in points (75), sixth all-time in goals (26), and second all-time in assists (23).

Named to the All-CAA Second Team were senior defensive leader Elizabeth Brewster and senior goalkeeper Lauren Tupman. The ODU defense was statistically the best in the league this year, allowing a school-record low goals against average (0.77) and setting a new high in shutouts with 11. Brewster anchored the backline that allowed just 17 goals this season, also a new school record. In goal, Tupman posted nine solo shutouts to lead the league and never saw her goals against average rise above 1.00 this season.

Senior forward Shavon Knight earned All-Conference honors as a member of the Third Team. She, with Watson, led the league's top offensive team with her second 25 point season. She posted ODU's second-highest total of assists in a season with 10, second only to Jen Henley's 11 in 2000. She also scored nine goals giving her 28 points on the season, ranking sixth in the league. Knight climbed all the way to third all-time on the points list with 84, just two shy of Laura Beeman for second all-time. She's also third in career assists (18) and tied for third in career goals (33).

Joining Knight on the Third Team is sophomore midfielder Ashley Kukura. Kukura had a solid offensive season, posting five goals and four assists for 14 total points. She controlled the middle of the field with 19 starts this year, leading all midfielders in minutes.

Also honored by the conference were a pair of freshmen for head coach Joe Pereira, Lisa Bernardini and Victoria Johnson. Both were named to the All-Rookie squad, giving ODU at least one honoree in each of the last four seasons.

Bernardini was a force defensively for the Lady Monarchs, and extremely consistent as she started in 19 games and played more minutes than all but one ODU player. She helped lead the defense to a strong season that included holding opponents to just three goals in 10 home games this season.

Johnson was one of three Lady Monarchs with 20 or more points, marking the first time in school history a trio has done so. In 19 starts, Johnson posted nine goals and seven assists for 25 points, giving her the second best offensive campaign by a freshman in ODU history. She was second on the team in scoring in conference play, posting 13 of her 25 points against league opponents.

ODU's record is 14-4-2 including a 7-3-2 CAA mark.

2008 All-CAA Women's Soccer Team
(Selected by CAA Women's Soccer Coaches)

First Team
Player, SchoolCl.Pos.Hometown/High School
Corky Julien, James MadisonJr.FWilliamstown, Ontario/Char-Lan District
Katie Watson, Old DominionSr.FWoodbridge, Va./Potomac
Claire Zimmeck, William and Mary*Sr.FFairfax, Va./Woodson
Dani Collins, William and Mary*Sr.MFCream Ridge, N.J./Peddie School
Kim Germain, James Madison*Sr.MFMcLean, Va./Langley
Laurel Pastor, VCUSo.MFSpringfield, Va./West Springfield
Teresa Rynier, James MadisonSo.MFLeola, Pa./Conestoga Valley
Tiffany Yovino, Hofstra#So.MFHoltsville, N.Y./Sachem East
Jess Crankshaw, Hofstra%Sr.DLanoka Harbor, Lacey Township
Abby Lauer, William & Mary%Sr.DOak Hill, Va./Jefferson
Kelly Renkin, UNC Wilmington*Sr.DMidlothian, Va./Clover Hill
Meghan Walker, William & Mary#Sr.GKWallingford, Pa./Strath Haven

Second Team
Player, SchoolCl.Pos.Hometown/High School
Kay Harbrueger, Georgia StateSr.FBradenton, Fla./Bayshore
Edel Malone, Hofstra*Sr.FEnnis, Ireland/Colaiste Mhuire
Cate Tisinger, James Madison#So.FClifton, Va./Centreville
Courtney Breen, HofstraFr.MFHicksville, N.Y./Hicksville
Megan Flanagan, VCU#Sr.MFFranktown, Colo./Ponderosa
Erin Pardini, UNC WilmingtonFr.MFSmithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Stephanie Power, VCU#Sr.MFDartmouth, Nova Scotia/Dartmouth
Elizabeth Brewster, Old DominionSr.DClifton, Va./Centreville
Marie Curtin, HofstraSr.DKilmallock, Ireland/Ard Scoil Mhuire
Teri Maykoski, James MadisonJr.DFairfax, Va./Robinson
Samara Stephen-Dowd, VCU#Sr.DVienna, Va./Oakton
Lauren Tupman, Old DominionSr.GKVirginia Beach, Va./Kellam

Third Team
Player, SchoolCl.Pos.Hometown/High School
Caitlyn Germain, Delaware#Jr.FAuburn, Mass./St. Peter-Marian
Shavon Knight, Old DominionSr.FWaldorf, Md./Thomas Stone
Veronica Napoli, NortheasternFr.FNewport, R.I./Prout
Aleka Yiantsos, DrexelSr.FVoorhees, N.J./Eastern
Alli D'Amico, DelawareSr.MFManasquan, N.J./Red Bank Catholic
Brittany Hadaway, TowsonJr.MFPasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame
Gabbi Jatkola, NortheasternFr.MFYarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth
Ashley Kukura, Old DominionSo.MFVirginia Beach, Va./Kellam
Brittany Croce, UNC WilmingtonSr.DStafford, Va./North Staffor
Kaitlin O'Connor, William & Mary*So.DChantilly, Va./Chantilly
Jessica Paris, George Mason%Sr.DClifton, Va./Centreville
Kaitlin Bond, Drexel%Sr.GKLandisville, Pa./Hempfield

2008 CAA Player of the Year: Corky Julien, James Madison
2008 CAA Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Jess Crankshaw, Hofstra and Abby Lauer, William & Mary
2008 CAA Rookie of the Year: Veronica Napoli, Northeastern
2008 CAA Coach of the Year: Paul Cairney, UNC Wilmington
* - All-CAA First Team in 2007    # - All-CAA Second Team in 2007    % - All-CAA Third Team in 2007

2008 CAA Women's Soccer All-Rookie Team

Player, SchoolCl.Pos.Hometown/High School
Jessica Barndt, James MadisonFr.DNovi, Mich./Novi
Lisa Bernardini, Old DominionFr.DLanghorne, Pa./George School
Courtney Breen, HofstraFr.MFHicksville, N.Y./Hicksville
Brittany Butts, HofstraFr.MFMassapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa
Kelly Dodd, UNC WilmingtonFr.FApex, N.C./Apex
Gabbi Jatkola, NortheasternFr.MFYarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth
Victoria Johnson, Old DominionFr.FNorfolk, Va./Granby
Jenna Lindsay, DrexelFr.FThorofare, N.J./West Deptford
Erin Pardini, UNC WilmingtonFr.MFSmithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Veronica Napoli, NortheasternFr.FNewport, R.I./Prout
Diana Weigel, William & MaryFr.DFairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson