Atlantic Sun Summer Sessions: Women’s Soccer Edition

Monday, June 20, 2011

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Women’s Soccer standings saw a seismic shift in 2010 as the top four finishers (FGCU, Jacksonville, Mercer and UNF) all improved their position by at least two spots from the previous season, while UNF jumped five teams to earn a three-seed in the A-Sun Championship hosted by the Dolphins.

FGCU claimed its first women’s soccer title by sweeping through the competition with an 8-0-2 record to improve upon its third-place finish (6-2-2) in 2009. The A-Sun Player and Defensive Player of the Year, KC Correllus led the charge for the Eagles stifling defense, which recorded 11 shutouts and only allowed nine goals all season – two in conference play. Five Eagles landed on the all-conference team including three first-team selections with Correllus being the lone unanimous selection.

Jacksonville’s resurgence came at the feet of a seven-member senior class, which guided the Dolphins to an 8-1-1 conference record. JU hosted the A-Sun Championship for the first time in program history as the top seed after completing the 2009 campaign as the four seed at 5-1-4. Devon Dowell, Liz Fink and Lisa Hensley all appeared on the A-Sun First Team All-Conference list and helped the Dolphins to their first appearance in the A-Sun Championship game since 2006.

2010 A-Sun Championship victors, the Mercer Bears, captured their first NCAA Women’s College Cup appearance after a 7-3 A-Sun regular-season record earned them the two-seed in conference tournament. The Bears’ seven-player senior class propelled MU to the title by winning their last six contests including two in Jacksonville. Olivia Tucker, the A-Sun Tournament MVP, and Kacie Hudson both garnered first team all-conference honors after the team improved their points total by five to earn one of two tournament first-round byes.

While most programs used senior-laden teams to improve in the standings, UNF’s 10-member freshman class launched the Ospreys from their 2-6-2 ninth-place finish in 2009 to a 6-4 mark in 2010, good for the three-seed in the A-Sun Championship. Carolina Lencina, the A-Sun Freshman of the Year, and Lauren Hopfensperger accounted for 16 of UNF’s 27 goals (59.2%) and 37 of its 72 points (51.3%), which landed the duo first team all-conference honors.

As a whole the women’s soccer student-athletes excelled in the classroom with 207 achieving Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference honors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The 75 percent mark is the fourth-highest amongst 15 conference sponsored sports.

Other Conference Notes from the 2010 season:
- Kennesaw State: Newly-built KSU Soccer Stadium selected as the host of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup.
- ETSU: Six-straight seasons with at least four conference victories; returned to the A-Sun Championship for first time since 2008.
- Stetson: Tessa Gavilsky, the two-time A-Sun Player of the Year, finished her senior season with nine assists to cap her career with 29 assists – fifth most in A-Sun history.
- Campbell: Earned four total A-Sun Offensive/Defensive Player of the Week honors – most in the conference.
- Belmont: Led the A-Sun women’s soccer programs with 24 student-athletes achieving Academic All-Conference honors.
- USC Upstate: First-Year Head Coach, Renee Lopez led Spartans to first conference victory since 2008 and highest point total since joining the conference.
- Lipscomb: Recorded highest percentage of Academic All-Conference honorees (18-of-19; 94.7) amongst women’s soccer programs.

From June 20-July 1, the A-Sun office will highlight each season of every conference sponsored sport.

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