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All-league women’s college honors: St. Joe’s Herlihy, Roessler earn A-10 awards; Stahl, Geary claim CAA honors

Friday, 1st May 2009

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/01/09

    St. Joseph’s coach Denise Roessler was named Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year and senior goalie Suzy Herlihy was named Defensive Player of the Year to highlight the all-league honors.

    George Washington freshman Sarah Phillips (Downingtown West) was named Rookie of the Year. Phillips finished the year with 18 goals and 18 assists, the third-highest total for a Colonial freshman in program history. The April 6 A-10 Rookie of the Week totaled 34 points over her final 10 regular-season games, including 13 goals and 15 assists in seven conference games, and wrapped the regular-season with a 10-game point scored streak.

Joining Herlihy on the first team are Hawks teammates Jenna Martino, Helene Tursi and Abby Renninger (Conestoga).


First-Team School Pos. Cl. Hometown Gms Goals Assts Pts

Jenna Martino Saint Joseph’s A Jr. Oceanport, N.J. 16 49 17 66

Helene Tursi Saint Joseph’s M Sr. Medfield, N.J. 16 34 5 39

Abby Renninger Saint Joseph’s D r-Sr. Berwyn, Pa., Conestoga High6 8 6 14

Jackie Rosenzweig Massachusetts D Sr. Massapequa, N.Y. 16 0 0 0

Suzy Herlihy Saint Joseph’s G Sr. Clarksville, Md. 16 8.48 52.1 9-7

Second-Team School Pos. Cl. Hometown Gms Goals Assts Pts  

Taylor Donohue George Washington A Jr. Villanova, Pa., Radnor High 16 28 27 55

Stefany McKee La Salle A Jr. Baldwinsville, N.Y. 15 31 6 37

Jontell Lyons Saint Joseph’s D Sr. Downingtown, Pa. 16 0 0 0

Mollie Montgomery Duquesne D Sr. West Chester, Pa., Bishop Shanahan High 17 0 0 0

Tracy Zimmer Temple D Jr. Richboro, Pa., Council Rock North High 15 1 0 1

Jessica Colucci Temple G Jr. Roxbury, N.J. 15 12.20 47.7 3-11


Rookie Team School Pos. Cl. Hometown Gms Goals Assts Pts  

Meghan McDevitt Saint Joseph’s A Fr. Lancaster, Pa. 16 28 5 33

Nora McGurkin La Salle M Fr. Oreland, Pa., Penn Charter High 14 11 13 24

Julie Mineweaser Saint Joseph’s M Fr. Harleysville, Pa., North Penn High 16 15 9 24

Sarah Phillips George Washington M Fr. Downingtown, Pa., Downingtown West High 16 18 18 36

Melissa Schweitzer Temple M Fr. Pottstown, Pa., Owen J. Roberts High15 17 2 19

Samantha Tajirian Richmond M Fr. Springfield, Pa., Springfield-Delco High 16 12 2 14

Major Honors 

Defensive Player of the Year: Suzy Herlihy, Saint Joseph’s

Rookie of the Year: Sarah Phillips, George Washington

Coach of the Year: Denise Roessler, Saint Joseph’s


Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Major

Jill Davis La Salle A Jr. Folsom, Pa., Ridley High Education

Mollie Montgomery Duquesne D Sr. West Chester, Pa., Bishop Shanahan High Elementary Education

Christine Readinger Saint Joseph’s D So. Narberth, Pa., Archbishop Carroll High Finance

Chelsea Rosiek Temple M Jr. Blue Bell, Pa., Wissahickon High English

Jessica Westlake Saint Joseph’s M Sr. Lumberton, N.J. Accounting

ODU’s Stahl, Geary (Springfield-Delco) earn CAA honors

    Philly graduates at Old Dominion raked in two of the four major awards for the women’s season in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

    Head coach Sue Stahl – a former assistant at Temple and native of Chester Couty – was named CAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career and redshirt freshman Sarah Geary (Springfield-Delco) earned the Rookie of the Year commendation.

    Geary is the first ODU player since 2001 to receive CAA Rookie of the Year accolades. The freshman goalkeeper played all but 30 minutes in cage for the Lady Monarchs this season. With a record of 11-4, she tallied 146 saves, 45 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. She ranks among the top five in several CAA categories, including ground balls per game (3.00), goals against average (10.20), save percentage (.493) and saves per game (9.73).

    Stahl earned CAA Coach of the Year honors for the second time in the past three years and the fifth time in her career. She guided the Lady Monarchs to an overall record of 11-4 and they finished in a three-way tie for second in the CAA at 5-2.

    ODU recorded three victories over nationally ranked opponents this season, including a 13-10 triumph over #9 Virginia. The season marked a huge turnaround for ODU, after finishing 0-7 in CAA action a year ago and 4-9 overall.

    In addition to the four major awards handed out on Wednesday, the CAA also announced the 2009 All-CAA first and second teams along with the CAA All-Rookie squad.

    Old Dominion landed junior Ashley Kellogg on the First Team, Geary on the Second Team and freshman Lisa Bernardini (George) as well as Geary on the All-Rookie squad.

    Kellogg was an All-Rookie team member in 2007 and has posted career-highs in every statistical category this season. She leads the team in goals with 45 and has added seven helpers for 52 points.

    Bernardini walked on to the women’s lacrosse team after starting full time with women’s soccer this fall and finished the season the fourth leading scorer for the Lady Monarchs. She has 31 points on 23 goals and eight assists headed into the CAA Tournament.

CAA Honors

First Team

Ashley Kellogg, Old Dominion A  Jr  Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West

Erin Zimmerman, Delaware D Sr  Malvern, PA/Great Valley

Second Team

Jaime Dardine, James Madison A  Sr  Broomall, PA/Marple Newtown

Deb Sloan, Delaware M  Sr  Thornton, PA/West Chester East

Sarah Geary, Old Dominion G  Fr  Springfield, PA/Springfield

Rookie of the Year: Sarah Geary, Old Dominion

Coach of the Year: Sue Stahl, Old Dominion

America East

Second Team

M  Mel Rorie So.  Albany Lansdale, Pa./North Penn

American Lacrosse Conference

1st Team

Kelly Haggerty (Unionville), Ohio State, M

2nd Team

Stephanie Ellis (Radnor), Penn State, G



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