Navy Women's Soccer Garners Major Athletic, Academic Honors
Nov. 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Patriot League regular season champion Navy women's soccer team (18-1-1, 6-0-1 PL) earned four major year-end awards and six Midshipmen were named to the All-Patriot League Teams on Thursday, the league office announced.
Head coach Carin Gabarra was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, junior Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year and sophomore Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio) was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
Hoerner was also named the Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the Patriot League All-Academic Team.
Additionally, Hoerner, Seabrook, freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.) and junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) were selected to the All-Patriot League First Team. Junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) and sophomore Julie Schumacher (Plantation, Fla.) were chosen to the All-Patriot League Second Team.
Gabarra, in her 20th season at Navy, has led the Mids to an 18-1-1 overall record to date and a Patriot League regular season title with a 6-0-1 league mark. Navy leads the nation in wins and winning percentage (.925) and the team is 18-0-1 over its last 19 games.
Gabarra earns her third career coach of the year accolade, as she was also honored in 1996 and 2006. Gabarra won her 250th career game earlier this season and holds an overall record of 261-123-34. Gabarra leads all active Patriot League coaches in career winning percentage and overall wins.
Hoerner earns the fourth Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year accolade in Navy program history and did it in her first season as the team's starter.
Hoerner leads the league in overall goals-against average (1.07) and GAA in league play (0.55). Hoerner has posted four solo shutouts, all against league opponents, and combined for three more.
Hoerner has a 16-1-1 record in goal and has 72 saves on the season and an .800 save percentage. Hoerner has posted shutouts against Army, American, Lehigh and Bucknell.
Hoerner was named the league's goalkeeper of the week on October 29.
In addition to her on-the-field laurels, Hoerner earned the league's top academic honor on Thursday in being named the Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Hoerner carries a 3.77 GPA as an oceanography (honors) major and has a 4.0 GPA in her major. Hoerner is the Secretary of the Class of 2014 at the Naval Academy and has been named to Superintendent's List three times and the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice.
This is the sixth time a Midshipman has earned the league's top academic laurel.
Seabrook earns the sixth Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in Navy history and the first since Shelly Moeller in 2008.
Seabrook is the leader of Navy's defensive backline and leads all field players with 1504 minutes played. Seabrook has helped Navy post the league's best goals-against average (0.89) and Navy has nine shutouts.
Seabrook has also contributed on the offensive end, scoring two goals and adding four assists for eight points. Seabrook scored the game-winning goal in Navy's 1-0 win over Army in the annual Star Game. Seabrook also had the primary assists on Navy's game-winning goals against Boise State and Lehigh.
Seabrook was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this year and earns her first career postseason accolade.
Perez is one of four Navy players to start all 20 games this season. She ranks third on the team and seventh in the league this season with a career-best 18 points. Perez has scored five goals and has eight assists. The eight assists are the second most on the team and the third most in the league.
Perez was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on August 27 after a five-point effort on two goals and one assist in Navy's 6-0 win over USC Upstate. Perez also scored two goals in Navy's 3-0 win over Rider.
Perez earns All-Patriot League honors for the second time in her career, as she was selected to the all-league second team as a freshman in 2010.
Also on the all-league first team is Davidson, a freshman midfielder. Davidson saw action in all 20 games and ranks third on the team with seven goals and is fourth with 17 points.
Davidson set a Navy record by earning four Patriot League Rookie of the Week accolades. Davidson scored a team-best three goals during conference play and netted the game-winning goals against Lehigh (in overtime) and Bucknell.
Davidson registered a five-point game against USC Upstate with two goals and one assist. Davidson scored a key goal against Lafayette and also had the game-winner against Howard.
Davidson is the first Navy freshman to earn all-league first-team honors since Moeller in 2006.
Soellner was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team this season after earning first-team all-league honors in 2011.
Soellner leads the team and ranks third in the Patriot League with 27 points scored. Soellner shares the team lead of 10 goals with sophomore Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) and also has seven assists. Soellner has started all 20 games for Navy.
Soellner was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on September 3 after a five-point effort in Navy's 5-3 win over North Florida on two goals and one assist.
Soellner also scored both of Navy's goals in a 2-1 win over Boise State and had a five-game scoring streak that included goals in four straight games.
Soellner scored six points during conference play on one goal and four assists.
Schumacher earns her first career postseason accolade from the Patriot League after earning all-league second-team honors.
Schumacher ranks second to only fellow defensive backliner Seabrook among field players with 1438 minutes played.
Scuhmacher has a team-best and Patriot League-best nine assists, a figure that ranks 18th nationally. Seven of Schumacher's nine assists came on game-winning goals, including against Army, Lafayette, James Madison and Boise State.
Schumacher's play on the backline has helped Navy post an overall goals-against average of 0.89 and amass nine shutouts.
Soellner and Schumacher were also on the All-Patriot League Preseason Team.
Also on Thursday, senior midfielder Brittany Fruin (McLean, Va.) earned Capital One Academic All-District Honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Fruin carries a 3.56 GPA as an oceanography (honors) major and has a 4.0 GPA in her major.
Fruin was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2011 and the 2011 Patriot League All-Academic Team.
Fruin has played in all 20 games with 19 starts and has one goal and five assists for seven points. Fruin scored one of Navy's biggest goals of the season, the team's lone tally in a 1-1 tie at Colgate.
Navy is hosting the Patriot League postseason tournament this weekend and will first meet Lehigh in the league semifinals on Friday at 7:00 PM.
Patriot League Coach of the Year
Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Patriot League Women's Soccer All-Academic Team
CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team