Reader’s Pick: 2017 WSOC D3 Sports News Freshman of the Year

The D3 Women’s Soccer regular season is in the books, and the conference tournaments have been played out. As we start to look toward the NCAA D3 Tournament we thought it would be a good time to start sorting through some stats and come up with some end-of-season awards.

We’ve put together a list of some of the top performing freshman from this past season, and figured we’d let our readers decide;

Who is the 2017 D3 Sports News WSOC Freshman of the Year.

Voting will end at 7pm on 11/14.

Riley Rudd, M – Immaculata

Immaculata’s Riley Rudd (Hunter Martin/Immaculata Athletics photo)

7 goals, 4 assists – 18 points

Immaculata midfielder Riley Rudd was a Colonial States Athletic Conference second-team selection. Rudd started all 16 games for the Mighty Macs and finished second on the team in points with 16. Her six goals and four assists were also good for second on the team. She had 62 shots, 33 of them on the goal and played 1,281 minutes, amongst the tops on the team.

Danielle Wheeler, F – Gallaudet

Gallaudet’s Danielle Wheeler (Gallaudet Athletics photo)

16 games/20 goals (14th) – 1.25 goals/game (12th)
3 assists
43 points
2.69 pts/game (16th)

A North Eastern Athletic Conference First-Team selection, Gallaudet’s Danielle Wheeler set a new Bison single-season goals record with 20 goals this season as the program posted their best season in school history. GU set records for wins (8), conference wins (4) and goals scored (55).  She is second in the NEAC for goals, points, shots (107), seventh in penalty kicks (1-for-1) and 11th in game-winning goals (2). Wheeler also had five hat tricks this season as she scored a goal in half of the 16 games (15 starts) she played in.

Emma Greenfield, GK – WashU

WashU’s Emma Greenfield (WashU Athletics photo)

15 games, 1100 minutes –  3 goals/.245 GAA (7th)
.893 save pct. (T12th)
7 shutouts

Two-time University Athletic Association WSOC Athlete of the Week, this fall, WashU keeper Emma Greenfield finished the regular season ranking second in the UAA in goals-against average (0.25), goals against (3), and save percentage (.893).

Deserae Sequeira, F – St. Joseph’s (Brkln)

St. Joseph’s Brooklyn forward Deserea Segueria (St. Joseph’s Brooklyn Athletics photo)

16 games/23 goals (17th) – 1.44 goals/game (5th)
11 assists (T30th)
57 points (5th)
3.56 pts/game (3rd)

Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-Conference selection Deserea Sequeira scored a conference-best 23 goals in her rookie season while also adding 11 assists for a Skyline-best 57 points.  Her 10 goals in Skyline play led all freshmen and was fourth in the league, while her five game-winning goals also topped the Skyline stat-sheet.

Lydia Ewing, GK – Messiah

Messiah’s Lydia Ewing (Messiah College Athletics photo)

16 games, 1479 minutes – 3 goals allowed/.183 GAA (1st)
.889 save pct. (19th)
13 shutouts

Messiah freshman Lydia Ewing earned All MAC-Commonwealth First-Team honors, as well as becoming the first keeper in program history to earn MAC-Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year honors. The first-year goalie has been nothing short of outstanding, and her 0.13 goals against average is No. 1 in all of NCAA Division III. She also holds a 0.889 save percentage, good for No. 19 in the nation

Jordanne Ellingboe, GK – Hope

Hope’s Jordanne Ellingboe (Hope Athletics photo)

20 games, 1658 minutes –  6 goals allowed/.326 GAA (10th)
.880 save pct. (22nd)
12 shutouts

Named to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Second-Team, Hope keeper Jordanne Ellingboe topped MIAA goalies with 11 shutouts, a .929 save percentage and a 0.20 goals against average in league play.

Carley Preacher, F –Immaculata

Immaculata’s Carley Preacher (Hunter Martin/Immaculata Athletics photo)

16 games/17 goals (33rd) – 1.06 goals/game (T23rd)
2.19 points/game (41st)
5 game-winners

Colonial States Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection, Immaculata’s Carley Peacher set the single season goal scoring record at Immaculata with 17 this season to lead the team. She added an assist for a team-high 35 points to go with four game-winning goals. Peacher scored a career-high four goals against Clarks Summit and added two more hat tricks against Cairn and Cedar Crest in a strong rookie season.

Lauren Ashby, F – Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence’s Lauren Ashby (Sarah Lawrence Athletics photo)

2.13 points/game (45th)
15 games/14 goals – .93 goals/game (T47th)

After being selected to the All Skyline Conference Second Team, Sarah Lawrence forward Lauren Ashby became the first Gryphon women’s soccer player to receive Skyline All-Conference recognition.

Ashby set program records for points (32) and goals (14). The two-time Skyline Rookie of the Week recipient set single-game records for goals (6) and points (16), while helping the Gryphons pick up their first-ever win over Old Westbury with a pair of scores.

Olivia Cairrao, M – Johnson & Wales (RI)

Johnson & Wales Olivia Cairrao (Johnson & Wales Athletics photo)

39 points (T42nd)

Johnson and Wales Olivia Cairrao dominated the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors this fall, winning it four out of the nine weeks to go along with a pair of Player of the Week nods. Her 17 goals rate second in the GNAC and is ninth-best among all NCAA freshman. Cairrao is also second in the GNAC with 39 points. She had five multi-goal games, including a hat trick in her collegiate debut against UMass Boston.

Lily Brock, GK – UW-La Crosse

UW-La Crosse’s Lily Brock (Jim Lund/UWL Athletics photo)

16 games, 1176 minutes – 5 goals allowed/.383 GAA (12th)

Freshman keeper Lily Brock topped all keepers in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in goals-against average (0.38) and save percentage (.894) this fall, while leading the Eagles to the WIAC Championship with a pair of shootout victories in the WIAC Tournament.


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