Messiah Lands Nine on All-Conference Teams
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Messiah placed nine players on the Commonwealth Conference All-Conference First and Second Teams announced by the league office. Six athletes were honored on the First Team nd three individuals received Second Team honors. Freshman forward Erin Hench (Carlisle, PA) was named the Commonwealth's Rookie of the Year.
Falcon seniors Corrie Jones (Hagerstown, MD), Avie Fitzgerald (State College), and Stef Rowe (Milton, PA) culminated their final season by being voted to the All-Commonwealth First Team. Jones, a forward on the Messiah squad, has scored eight goals this season and picked up three assists for 19 points. Avie is making her fourth appearance to the All-Conference teams. She controlled the center of the field for the Falcons as they put together a perfect regular season record of 17-0. Avie has scored two goals this fall and dished out three assists. Stef Rowe is making her third straight First Team appearance. The 2006 Commonwealth Player of the Year leads Messiah in scoring with 17 goals and three assists. She will graduate from Messiah as the Falcons career goals leader (59) and will be second on the career points chart (133).
Junior Kacie Klynstra (Grand Rapids, MI) is making her third appearance on the All-Conference Team as well. Kacie began the season as a winger for the Falcons and picked up a team leading eight assists. However an injury in the Messiah defense forced a change to move Klynstra back to the defensive end where she had played the previous two seasons. Sophomore Katlyn Musser (Columbia, PA) was named a First Team defender with Kacie. A part of a solid core that has allowed just five goals on the year and just over three shots per game by opponents. Forward Erin Hench was the only first year player named to the First or Second Team. Hench stands second on the club in scoring with 13 goals and five assists.
All-Commonwealth Second Team honors were earned by junior forward Rachel Horning (Morgantown, PA), midfielder Amanda Naeher (Seymour, CT) and goal keeper Brindley Beckwith, Upper Montclair, NJ). Rachel is a threat on the outside for Messiah and has tallied three goals with three assists. Sophomore Amanda Naeher in her first year with the squad was a force in the midfield as she stands third on the team in goals scored with 10 and is second on the club in assists with seven. Beckwith, a junior goalie, sports an impressive .29 goals against average and has posted 15 shut outs on the year.
Messiah (19-0) is making their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007. The Falcons are currently ranked #2 in the country and received one of the four First Round byes in the Tournament. Messiah has advanced to the Final Four in each of the past three seasons, capturing the National Championship in 2005.