HIGH POINT, N.C. – Chowan University forward Carolina Lucci was voted both the 2017 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year. Lees-McRae College goalie Alexis Feely was honored as the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, North Greenville University coach Andy Robinson was tabbed the Coach of the Year, the Conference announced today.
Lucci, a freshman from Monaca, Pa., becomes the first player in Chowan history to be named Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year and Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year. Lucci's dominance on the pitch led her to a Division II program record 19 goals, which is fourth best among Division II and the top freshman scorer in Division II. In addition to goals, Lucci also led Conference Carolinas in points (42) and game-winning goals (10) while also posting four assists, which ranked 11th in the league.
Feely, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., has been an integral part of Lees-McRae's success this season. She led Conference Carolinas with 133 saves, posted the fourth-best save percentage (.842) and ranked seventh with a 1.37 goals-against average. Feely also made 10 or more saves in eight contests to go along with three shutouts this season.
Coach Robinson wrapped up his fourth season at NGU, leading the team to an 8-6-4 overall mark and its best Conference Carolinas record in program history at 6-4-1. The Crusaders finished fourth in the Conference standings, which allowed them to host the first Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Championship match ever in Tigerville, S.C. Robinson is only the second Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year recipient from North Greenville University.
Lucci was joined at forward on the first team by Alex Mathis and Millie Shaw of Limestone College and Morgan Patton of Belmont Abbey College. Nicole Ferren and Alex Butorovich of Belmont Abbey joined Holly Rawcliffe of Limestone in the middle as first team midfielders.
Feely is joined on defense by a stellar backline of first team defenders, which features Belmont Abbey's Rachel Coutinho, Limestone's Lea Hippauf and North Greenville's Asheton Robinson.
Women's All-Conference First Team
Carolina Lucci, Chowan – Forward
Alex Mathis, Limestone – Forward
Morgan Patton, Belmont Abbey – Forward
Millie Shaw, Limestone – Forward
Holly Rawcliffe, Limestone – Midfielder
Nicole Ferren, Belmont Abbey – Midfielder
Alex Butorovich, Belmont Abbey – Midfielder
Rachel Coutinho, Belmont Abbey – Defender
Lea Hippauf, Limestone – Defender
Asheton Robinson, North Greenville – Defender
Alexis Feely, Lees-McRae – Goalkeeper
Women's All-Conference Second Team
Laisy Scardazzi, Barton – Forward
Nicole Doolittle, Converse – Forward
Rebekah Beal, Barton – Forward
Selina Boveleth, Limestone – Midfielder
Taylor Doeble, Barton – Midfielder
Tori Owens, North Greenville – Midfielder
Ashton Bowles, Limestone – Defender
Naiara Kapstein, Limestone – Defender
Emma Hickson, Limestone – Defender
Rebecca Fraser, Barton – Defender
Olivia Borer, Chowan – Goalkeeper
Women's All-Conference Third Team
Ashley Romanowski, Southern Wesleyan- Forward
Riley Neese, Lees-McRae- Forward
Kiara Montenegro, Lees-McRae - Forward
Sabrina Henderson, Chowan - Midfielder
Mackenzie Imamura, Chowan - Midfielder
Melissa Carlyle, Converse- Midfielder
Allie Winglosky, Limestone- Midfielder
Savannah Goodin, Belmont Abbey- Defender
Asia Fort, Chowan- Defender
Shannon Park, Chowan- Defender
Veronica Smeltzer, Limestone- Goalkeeper
Offensive Player of the Year
Carolina Lucci, Chowan
Defensive Player of the Year
Alexis Feely, Lees-McRae
Freshman of the Year
Carolina Lucci, Chowan
Coach of the Year
Andy Robinson, North Greenville
Women's Soccer Regular Season Champions
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA DII membership process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.