KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Four America East women's soccer players earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Region honors, the organization announced Wednesday. All four honorees were also America East major award winners.
Hartford junior Stephanie Santos was the lone America East player to be named to the All-Northeast Region Second Team. UMBC junior Jessy Brown, Stony Brook junior Ashley Castanio and Maine senior Maggie Malone earned All-Northeast Region Third Team accolades.
Santos was America East Co-Midfielder of the Year as the playmaker for the Hawks, leading the conference with eight assists to help Hartford rank second in the conference with 29 goals. The junior also earned her first selection to the All-Conference First Team and helped Hartford finish fourth in the regular-season standings.
Brown joined Santos as Co-Midfielder of the Year and was the first America East major award winner for UMBC in program history. A three-time America East Player of the Week, Brown helped UMBC complete the best turnaround in America East history, as the Retrievers were co-regular season champions on their way to the team's first America East tournament title and NCAA appearance. The junior totaled seven goals and three assists, including netting the game-winner in the America East title game vs. Stony Brook. She was named the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player.
Castanio helped lead the Seawolves to a share of the America East regular season title to earn Goalkeeper of the Year honors. She started 19 matches, posted a 1.12 goals against average and stopped 83 percent of shots on goal faced. She recorded four shutouts on the season. In the America East Championship semifinals, Castanio made a tournament-record 16 saves and then turrned away two shootout attempts to help Stony Brook advance past Maine in penalty kicks. She was named to the All-Tournament team for her performance.
Malone was named the America East Defender of the Year and also earned a spot on the America East First Team. She scored three goals and added two assists for six points on the season to lead Maine to a 9-5-5 record including 5-2-1 in America East play. The Black Bears finished third and hosted an America East quarterfinal game before falling to Stony Brook in the semifinals in penalty kicks.