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Falcons Land Four on NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Team
Posted: 12/18/2008
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Messiah placed four players on the 2007 NSCAA NCAA Division III All Mid-Atlantic Region team.  All four were named to the First Team.  Seniors Avie Fitzgerald (State College, Pa) and Stef Rowe (Milton, Pa) were named as mid-fielders.  Juniors Brindley Beckwith and Kacie Klynstra were selected as goalkeeper and defender respectively.  The Falcons finished the 2007 by advancing to their fourth consecutive NCAA Final Four.  They finished the season 23-1 with their lone loss coming in the national championship by a 1-0 score to Wheaton College of Illinois.

Fitzgerald played in a defensive mid-field role where she was a key figure in a defense that allowed just seven goals on the year.  She also had a great ability to start the attack and find the open player or change the direction of play.  She will finish her career ranked 10th on the Career Points list with 57.  She dished out 25 assists, fifth overall on the Career Assists list, and tallied 16 goals over her four years.  She was named to the All-Commonwealth Team four consecutive years and was honored on the All-Region team in 2006 and 2007.

Rowe is now a two time First Team All-American. Stef was named All-America in 2006 as well as being honored as the Commonwealth Player of the Year last season.  Stef finished her career with 61 goals, the most ever by a Falcon.  Her 138 Career Points places her at #2 on that chart (61 goals, 16 assists).  She led Messiah in scoring his past fall with 42 points including a team high 19 goals.  Stef is a three time All-Commonwealth and All-Region selection. 

Beckwith finished the 2007 season with an impressive .30 goals against average which ranked her fifth nationally in that category.  Her 18 shutouts ties the programs best set in 2002 when Messiah went to their first Final Four and advanced to the championship game.  Brindely sported a .875 save percentage.

Klynstra began the 2007 season as a forward and posted eight assists and two goals before being moved to the center back position because of an injury to a teammate.  Kacie is making her second appearance on the All-Region First Team.  Messiah's .750 shutout percentage (18 in 24 games) was the third best nationally.  She was named to the All-Tournament team at the Final Four.