Three All-American, Four All-Region Honorees For Messiah
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Kansas City, KS – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced both the All-American and All-Region awards for NCAA Division III Women's Soccer on Friday, and the Falcons were represented in a most impressive fashion.
Senior Kelsey Gorman and junior Alex Brandt were named First Team All-Americans, with junior Corinne Wulf being named to the Second Team. This marks the first time in Messiah history that three All-American Falcons were named in the same season.
As for the Mid-Atlantic All-Region awards, Gorman, Brandt, and Wulf all were elected to the First Team, with senior teammate Erin Hench receiving Second Team All-Region honors.
Gorman receives her first election to both the First Team All-American and All-Region teams. The senior from Manheim, Pa., had a standout season for the Falcons in 2011. She anchored a defense that allowed only five goals throughout the season, starting all 24 games for a Messiah team that went 23-0-1 and earned the program's fourth NCAA Division III National Championship. The recognitions today can be added to the long list of awards for Gorman this season- Commonwealth Conference Championships MVP, Commonwealth Conference co-Player of the Year, First Team All-Commonwealth, and NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
Gorman is one of six seniors graduating from the Falcons' program this year with a career record of 96-1-4, three NCAA National Championships, and four Commonwealth Championships.
For Brandt, the First Team All-American and All-Region selections were both her second in as many years. The midfielder from Annapolis, Md., scored 11 goals and collected seven assists for Messiah this year. Brandt was elected to the All-Tournament for the 2011 NCAA Championships, with her game-winning goal against William Smith in the Falcons' 1-0 Final Four being a memory not soon to be forgotten. Brandt was also a First Team All-Commonwealth member for the second straight season in 2011. This was her second with the Falcons after transferring from the University of Central Florida during her freshman year.
For Wulf, the Second Team All-American and First Team All-Region awards come in recognition of another impressive offensive season. The forward from Columbus, Ohio, led the Falcons in points this season (49) as she collected 21 goals and seven assists. A First Team All-Region recipient in 2010, Wulf also earned her second straight First Team All-Commonwealth recognition this season. Wulf boasted a staggering .296 shooting percentage in 2011, lauching only 71 shots to collect her 21 goals.
Senior forward Hench concluded an historic career for the Falcons in 2011, with her Second Team All-Region award following First Team All-Region recognitions in both 2008 and 2009. A redshirt senior who missed the 2010 season with a knee injury, Hench was National Player of the Year and a First Team All-American in 2009. She earned her fourth First Team All-Commonwealth recognition this year after being named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2009 and 2007, respectively. This season, the native of Carlisle, Pa., scored 15 goals and collected 17 assists to finish second on the team in points (47) to Wulf.
Arguably one of the best players in the country, Hench dominated in the NCAA Championships as the Falcons collected the 2011 national title. Her eight goals in this year's NCAA tournament tied her for most in a single tournament, while her 20 total points set a new single tournament record. She also graduates as the NCAA postseason leader in goals (19), assists (13), and total points (51), collected over 22 NCAA postseason games in her career.
A complete listing of the All-American and All-Region awards can be found here at NSCAA.com.