Doyle, Johnson and Toaspern Lead Seven All-UAA Selections for Women’s Soccer
St. Louis, Mo., November 14, 2013 — Washington University in St. Louis had a conference-best seven student-athletes named to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Women’s Soccer Team, as announced Thursday by the conference office.
In addition, sixth-year head coach Jim Conlon and assistant coaches Stephanie Ackerman, Caitlin Malone and Emma Brown were selected as the UAA Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Bears to their second UAA women’s soccer championship in a row. This marks the first time in Conlon’s career that he and his staff have received the honor.
Senior midfielder/back Kate Doyle, senior forward/midfielder Jessica Johnson and junior midfielder Lillie Toaspern each received first-team all-UAA recognition to highlight the Bears’ seven honorees.
Doyle, who received all-UAA honors for the fourth time in her career, has started 18 games for the Bears this season with six goals and two assists for 14 points. She is sixth on the squad in goals scored, and netted the game-winner in a 1-0 win at then No. 7-ranked Emory University Oct. 6. Doyle has started 78 of 82 career games played, and ranks 10th in school history with 19 assists.
Johnson started 15 of 17 games played in the regular season and was fourth on the team in scoring with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. She led the UAA in goals scored in conference play (four) and is fourth in goals overall (eight). Johnson scored two goals each in a 7-0 win over DePauw University Sept. 7 and in a 4-2 victory over the University of Rochester Oct. 20, and netted her lone game-winning goal of the year in a 4-0 win at New York University Nov. 3. She has appeared in 80 career games and is 12th in school history in goals scored (22).
After earning second-team honors in each of her first two seasons, Toaspern garnered first-team honors in 2013 after starting 17 games and finishing regular-season play second on the team in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points. She led the conference with two game-winning goals in UAA games, including scores in a 2-1 win vs. No. 14 Carnegie Mellon University Oct. 12 and in a 3-0 win at Brandeis University Nov. 1.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French and sophomore forward Olivia Lillegraven picked up second-team accolades for Washington U.
French has posted a 16-1 record this season with a 0.25 goals against average and leads the conference with 10 shutouts. She leads the UAA and ranks second in NCAA Division III in save percentage (.932), and is fourth in goals against average (0.25). French made a career-high nine saves in a 1-0 win at then-No. 7 Emory Oct. 6 and is a four-time UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week honoree.
Lillegraven led the team in scoring with 11 goals and two assists for 24 points in the regular season despite only starting 13 of 17 games played. She leads the UAA in points (24) and is second in goals (11). Lillegraven tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals, including the game-winner in a 4-2 win vs. Rochester Oct. 20.
Senior midfielder Becky Berels and junior back Tessa Delaney rounded out the honorees by earning honorable-mention all-UAA accolades.
Berels has had a breakout senior season scoring six goals and dishing out a team-best 11 assists for 23 points. Berels, who started 16 of 17 games in the midfield, leads the conference and is 19th in NCAA Division III with the 11 assists. She had multiple assists in three games, and also scored the game-winning goal in a 7-0 win vs. DePauw Sept. 7 and in a 3-0 win over Fontbonne University Oct. 9. Berels has appeared in 75 career games with 10 goals and 15 assists for 35 points.
Delaney earned all-UAA honors for the first time in her career after starting 17 games at center back for the Bears. She helped anchor the back line that posted 15 shutouts and allowed just four goals in 18 games played. As a team, Washington University’s goals against average of 0.221 ranks second in NCAA Division III.
Washington University has a 17-1 overall record, and captured the program’s second-straight and ninth UAA championship with a 7-0 record against conference foes. The Bears are the seventh team in UAA history to go undefeated in league play.
Washington U. is hosting NCAA Division III First and Second Round play Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at Francis Field. The Bears take on St. Norbert College in the first round Friday at 5 p.m.