CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Boston University, the America East regular-season champion in women’s soccer, has been honored with four major postseason awards, which were determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches and released today. The Terriers’ Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass./Andover) has been named Midfielder of the Year, while teammate Casey Brown (Natick, Mass./Natick) was chosen Defender of the Year for the third straight time. Janie Reilly (Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was tabbed Goalkeeper of the Year and head coach Nancy Feldman and her staff were selected Co-Coaching Staff of the Year along with University at Albany’s Mary-Frances Monroe and her assistants. Additionally, University of Maine’s Laura Martel (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) was selected Striker of the Year and Albany’s Chelsea DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) became the second Great Dane in three years to be named Rookie of the Year.
Pallotta, a senior midfielder, is second in the conference in goals (7) and tied for third in points (16). Pallotta, a Terrier captain, was a first-team all-conference honoree in 2007 and a second-team choice last year.
Brown, a senior back, is the first player in America East history to win a positional Player of the Year award three times. The Most Outstanding Player at the 2007 America East Championship, Brown anchors a Terrier back line which has allowed just four goals in eight conference games and produced 11 shutouts overall in 2009.
Reilly, a second-team All-America East choice in 2008, leads the league in nearly every goalkeeping category, ranking first in goals-against average (0.52), save percentage (.855) and shutouts (8). Also the first-team all-conference goalkeeper, Reilly allowed just four goals and recorded four shutouts in eight conference games.
Nancy Feldman, who is in her 15th season as Boston University head coach, leads a staff that earns the league’s top coaching honor for the second straight year. The Terriers compiled 12 wins and won their third-straight America East regular-season title and seventh this decade. A seven-time Coach of the Year, Feldman also received the honor in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. She is assisted by Liz Driscoll and Jessica Clinton.
Mary Frances Monroe, who is in her fourth year as Albany’s coach, led the Great Danes to a program-record eight wins and their first-ever America East Championship appearance since joining the league in 2001. She is assisted by Kristin Shaw and Geneva Sills.
Martel, a senior forward, tallied a league-leading 12 goals this season, nearly double anyone else in the league. Martel, who led the Black Bears to their best America East record (5-2-1) since 2005, tallied seven scores against league opponents and scored in nine of 15 games overall this season.
DeVerna, a freshman forward who also earned second-team all-conference accolades, ranks fifth among league leaders with 15 points and is tied for third with six goals. DeVerna, whose teammate, Teresa Boring, was tabbed America East’s top rookie in 2007, has Albany in the conference tournament for the first time in school history.
Martel is joined at forward on the all-conference first team by Boston University’s tandem of Farrell McClernon (West Chester, Pa./Merion Mercy) and Jessica Luscinski (Bedford, N.H./Trinity), who have combined for five goals and nine assists.
Pallotta is accompanied in the first-team midfield by Binghamton’s Mandi Casares (Rahway, N.J./Rahway), the 2009 Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, the Terriers’ Shauna Kelleher (Canton, Mass./Fontbonne), a second-team choice last season, and University of Hartford’s Becky Flowers (Santee, Calif./Santana), a second-team selection in 2007.
Brown is joined at defender on the league’s top team by Maine’s Anjelica Hodgson (Nepean, Ontario/John McCrae), whose team ranks second among league leaders with 1.07 goals allowed per game, and Stony Brook University’s Alex Teti (Dowington, Pa./Dowington).
Albany’s Ashley Tirabassi (Cambridge, Ontario/Monsignor Doyle) and University of New Hampshire’s Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham/Framingham), who was also a first-team selection in women’s lacrosse last spring, join DeVerna to make up the second-team forwards.
Second-team midfielders include Albany’s Maggie DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Rebecca Lee (Selkirk, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), Maine’s Christina Di Ielsi (Laval, Quebec/Vincent Massey Collegiate), a second-team defender last season, and UNH’s Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla./Freedom).
Albany’s Casey Marks (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland), Boston University’s Mara Osher (Ellington, Conn./Ellington/Sacred Heart), a first-team forward in 2008, and New Hampshire’s Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass./Canton) are the second-team defenders.
Stony Brook’s Marisa Viola (Cutchogue, N.Y./Mattituck), the 2008 Goalkeeper of the Year, was the second-team selection at that position.
The all-rookie team, which consists of 12 players (regardless of position) due to a tie in voting, is made up of Chelsea and Maggie DeVerna, Marks, Lamotte, Binghamton’s Jamie Holliday (Apalachin, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) and Emily Pape (East Northport, N.Y./East Northport), Boston’s Megan McGoldrick (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial), Hartford’s Caitlin Alves (Ludlow, Mass./The Williston Northampton School), Maine’s Meagan Price-Leibenzeder (Surrey, British Columbia/Clayton Heights), Stony Brook’s Sa’sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) and Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del./Padua Academy) and University of Vermont’s Jessica Herbst (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder).
Thirty-one All-Conference and All-Rookie honorees will compete for the 2009 America East Women’s Soccer Championship, which begins on Thursday with two quarterfinal contests. Visit Championship Central on AmericaEast.com for up-to-date tournament information.