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W&M Schaffer Headlines All-CAA Women's Soccer Team for Second Straight Year

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          Release: 11/01/2012
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (November 1, 2012) - William & Mary senior midfielder Mallory Schaffer was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in voting by the league's head coaches. The award was presented Thursday night on the eve of the semifinals of the CAA Women's Soccer Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

Also receiving top women's soccer honors from the conference were Drexel sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana as CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Hofstra freshman forward Leah Galton as CAA Rookie of the Year and Drexel's Ray Goon as CAA Coach of the Year.

Schaffer led William & Mary and ranked third in the CAA in goals (10) and points (23) despite often being the focus of opposing defenses. She contributed a goal or an assist in 10 of the Tribe's 19 contests and recorded game-winning goals in road victories at Auburn and Villanova. A three-time first-team all-conference honoree, Schaffer is just the fourth player in CAA history to earn multiple Player of the Year awards, joining former W&M players Natalie Neaton (1993, 1995), Missy Wycinsky (1998-99) and Claire Zimmeck (2006-07). Schaffer received first-team All-America and Academic All-America accolades in 2011 and is currently one of 10 national finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.

Badana anchored a Drexel defense that allowed a league-low 12 goals in 18 matches this season. The sophomore goalkeeper led the CAA and ranked 29th nationally with a 0.67 goals against average and was third in the conference with an .836 save percentage. Badana topped the CAA and set a Drexel season record with 10 shutouts, six of which came in league play. She made 61 saves, which included eight games with at least four stops. 

Galton was one of the CAA's top offensive threats in her first collegiate season. The freshman forward led the Pride and ranked second in the CAA in goals (11) and points (26). Eight of her 11 goals came in conference play, including multiple-goal performances against Georgia State, Delaware and Northeastern. Galton, who is the first Hofstra player to receive Rookie of the Year honors since 2005, was also selected to the All-CAA first team.

Goon guided Drexel to its best season in school history with a 13-3-2 overall record. The Dragons earned a berth in the CAA Women's Soccer Championship for the first time after finishing second with a 7-2-1 league mark. Drexel shattered school records for overall wins, CAA wins and road victories (7) in a season. The Dragons also extended their home unbeaten streak to 15 games (11-0-4), which dates back to the 2010 season. The CAA Coach of the Year honor is the first for Goon.

William & Mary placed a league-high three players on the All-CAA first team with Schaffer joined by senior midfielder Cortlyn Bristol (5g, 13a) and senior defender Kiersten Harpe (2a). Drexel was represented by Badana and sophomore defender Melissa Chapman (3g), while Hofstra had Galton and freshman midfielder Jill Mulholland (6g, 5a) on the squad.

Making the first team from Delaware were senior forward Ali Miller (7g, 1a) and sophomore defender Allegra Gray. Rounding out the squad were UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose, who led the CAA in goals (13) and points (37), and Northeastern junior midfielder Hanna Terry (2g, 5a).

2012 All-CAA Women's Soccer Team

(Selected by CAA Women's Soccer Coaches)

First Team

Player, School Cl. Pos. Hometown/Previous School
Leah Galton, Hofstra Fr. F Harrogate, England/St. John Fishers Catholic
Ali Miller, Delaware* Sr. F Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson
Stephanie Rose, UNCW% Sr. F Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak
Cortlyn Bristol, William & Mary* Sr. MF Oak Hill, Va./Chantilly
Jill Mulholland, Hofstra Fr. MF Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
Mallory Schaffer, William & Mary* Sr. MF Allison Park, Pa./Hampton
Hanna Terry, Northeastern Jr. MF Park City, Utah/Park City
Melissa Chapman, Drexel So. D Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic
Allegra Gray, Delaware So. D West Chester, Pa./Unionville
Kiersten Harpe, William & Mary Sr. D Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary
Eve Badana, Drexel# So. GK Markham, Ontario/Saint Brother Andre

Second Team

Player, School Cl. Pos. Hometown/High School
Tiana Kallenberger, George Mason# Sr. F Irvine, Calif./University
Dani Rutter, William & Mary Jr. F York, Pa./Central York
Greta Samuelsdottir, Northeastern% Sr. F Kopavogur, Iceland/Menntaskolinn i Kopavogi
Cheyenne Skidmore, Towson% Sr. F Eldersburg, Md./Liberty
Kim Currie, UNCW Sr. MF Lumberton, N.C./Lumberton
Chelsea Duffy, Delaware% Jr. MF Glassboro, N.J./Gloucester Catholic
Sam Greenfield, Drexel Jr. MF Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood
Emily Fredrikson, William & Mary# So. D Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge
Mary Kate Lowry, George Mason% Sr. D Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley
Becky Sparks, James Madison# Jr. D Laurel Springs, N.J./Paul VI
Caitlin Hunter, UNCW Sr. GK Ashburn, Va./Broad Run

Third Team

Player, School Cl. Pos. Hometown/High School
Maddie McCormick, UNCW Fr. F Newark, Del./Alexis I. DuPont
Whitney Ravan, Georgia State So. F Whitewater, Colo./Grand Junction
Lauren Wilson, James Madison# Jr. F Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown
Stephanie Bronson, UNCW So. MF Raleigh, N.C./Leesville
Tania Domingos, Delaware% Sr. MF Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown
Katie Menzie, James Madison Sr. MF Chantilly, Va./Chantilly
Brooke Bendernagel, Hofstra% Sr. D Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Lindsay Henry, UNCW Sr. D Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge
Ruby Staplehurst, Hofstra Jr. D London, England/St. Thomas More
Awnalisa Walker, Northeastern So. D Sugar Land, Texas/Clements
Paige Burnett, Northeastern% So. GK Placentia, Calif./Cypress

2012 CAA Player of the Year:  Mallory Schaffer, William & Mary
2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year:  Eve Badana, Drexel
2012 CAA Rookie of the Year:  Leah Galton, Hofstra
2012 CAA Coach of the Year:  Ray Goon, Drexel

* - All-CAA First Team in 2011          
# - All-CAA Second Team in 2011      
% - All-CAA Third Team in 2011

2012 CAA Women's Soccer All-Rookie Team

Player, School Cl. Pos. Hometown/High School
Nicole Baxter, William & Mary Fr. MF Pennington, N.J./Pennington
Lindsey Byrne, UNCW Fr. D Charlotte, N.C./W.A. Hough
Caroline Casey, William & Mary Fr. GK Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield
Gabby Dixon, Drexel Fr. F West Granby, Conn./Granby
Leah Galton, Hofstra Fr. F Harrogate, England/St. John Fishers Catholic
Elissa Halik, James Madison Fr. D Spring, Texas/Klein Collins
Leci Irvin, William & Mary Fr. D Charlottesville, Va./Tandem Friends
Emily Market, Delaware Fr. MF Holland, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie
Maddie McCormick, UNCW Fr. F Newark, Del./Alexis I. DuPont
Jill Mulholland, Hofstra Fr. MF Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
Oksana Nicholls, Northeastern Fr. D Glendora, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory
Barbara Platenberg, William & Mary Fr. F Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson