CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Boston University, holder of the sixth-longest shutout streak in NCAA history, has swept the 2010 America East women’s soccer annual awards. The winners, which were determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, were announced this afternoon.
The Terriers, bolstered by a defense that has not allowed a goal in 11 straight games, captured its fourth-straight America East regular-season title and all six major awards. Junior Jessica Luscinski (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) earned Striker of the Year honors, junior Shauna Kelleher (Canton, Mass./Fontbonne) picked up Midfielder of the Year accolades, senior Corie Halasz (Milford, Conn./Lauralton Hall) garnered Defender of the Year recognition and junior Alice Binns (Dorchester, Mass./Beaver County Day/William Smith) took home the Goalkeeper of the Year award. Additionally, freshman Kelly King (Solon, Ohio/Laurel) was named Rookie of the Year and Boston University’s coaches, led by head coach Nancy Feldman, were tabbed Coaching Staff of the Year.
Luscinski, a junior forward, has been a major contributor ever since arriving on Boston’s campus in 2008. An all-rookie selection that year and a first-team all-league choice in 2009, Luscinski ranks second in America East with 24 points and nine goals. Her six assists are tied for the league lead.
Kelleher, a junior midfielder, serves as the field general for the Terriers. A first-team all-league choice a year ago, Kelleher has three assists this season and has played a significant role in Boston U.’s league-leading scoring offense (2.26 gpg). The Terriers have won 49 of the 75 career games she has played.
Halasz, a senior defender, leads a defense that ranks eighth nationally with a 0.52 goals-against average and is tied for second with 13 shutouts. Halasz, who has a goal and an assist this season, was a first-team all-conference selection in 2006 and has battled back from injury to regain her all-conference form.
Binns, a junior goalkeeper, has allowed just three goals all season while splitting games with King. The transfer from William Smith leads the conference with a miniscule 0.34 GAA and a .923 save percentage. She has not allowed a goal in her last 527:11 of action.
King, a freshman goalkeeper, has surrendered just seven goals all season and none in her last 512:02 of action. King ranks second behind Binns with a 0.70 GAA and has an .816 save percentage. The tandem has combined for 13 clean sheets this season.
Feldman, who is in her 16th season at Boston U., won her 200th game as the Terriers’ head coach earlier this year. Boston U. captured its fourth-straight America East regular-season title and became the first team ever to shut out eight conference foes in one season. An eight-time America East Coach of the Year, Feldman is assisted by Liz Driscoll and Jessica Clinton.
Joining Luscinski at forward on the all-conference first team is teammate Lisa Kevorkian (Arcadia, Calif./Monrovia/Cal-Berkeley) and University of Hartford’s Amelia Pereira (Madeira Island, Portugal/Escola da APEL/Martin Methodist College). Kevorkian leads the conference with 31 points and 13 goals while Pereira, the Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, is third with 12 points against conference opponents.
Kelleher is accompanied on the first-team midfield by fellow Terrier Brittany Heist (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster), University at Albany’s Rebecca Lee (Selkirk, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), and Stony Brook University’s Dominique Adamo (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey). Lee led Albany to its first winning season since 1988 while Adamo ranks third among league leaders with 17 points.
Along with Halasz on the first-team back line is teammate Angelina Cords (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) and University of New Hampshire’s Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass./Canton). Cords, a 2008 first-team choice, contributed to the Terriers’ record defensive numbers and Mooney led a UNH defense that ranks third in the league with a 1.24 GAA.
The second-team forwards are made up of Albany’s Shayla Bergeron (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne/Duquesne), Boston University’s Tiya Gallegos (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair) and New Hampshire’s Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee).
The Great Danes’ Chelsea DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), Hartford’s Caroline Dixon (Manchester, England/Irlam and Cadishead Community/Oklahoma City U.), University of Maine’s Kelsey Wilson (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) and UNH’s Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla./Freedom) comprise the second-team midfielders. DeVerna and Wilson are repeat choices.
The second-team defenders are Albany’s Casey Marks (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland), a repeat selection, Hartford’s Michele DeSanti (Meriden, Conn./Mercy) and Stony Brook’s Alexis Lindo (Dallastown Area/York, Pa.)
Albany’s Breanna Maggio (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central), who is tied for the league lead with seven shutouts, is the second-team goalkeeper.
The all-rookie team, which consists of 11 players regardless of position, is made up of King, Albany’s Katie Dunn (Devon, Pa./Conestoga), Binghamton University’s Kaitlyn Cook (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell), Boston University’s Emma Clark (York, Maine/York) and Kylie Strom (Endicott, N.Y./Union Endicott), Maine’s Lisa Bijman (Brantford, Ontario/St. John’s), UMBC’s Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) and Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier), New Hampshire’s Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), Stony Brook’s Chelsea Morales (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley) and University of Vermont’s Haley Marks (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield).
Twenty-nine all-conference and all-rookie honorees will compete in the 2010 America East Women’s Soccer Championship, which begins on Thursday with two quarterfinal contests. Visit Championship Central for up-to-date tournament information.