Shipley Earns PAC Player of the Year; Four Presidents Named To First Team
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College sophomore Holly Shipley (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and earned All-PAC First Team honors, the league announced on Wednesday.
Shipley was joined on the All-PAC First Team by senior goalkeeper Stephanie Saussol (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and juniors Chrissy Marcius (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) and Dawn Murphy (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny).
In addition, junior Hannah Shaner (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), sophomore Katie Kelly (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and freshman Tatum Marucci (Youngstown, Ohio/Poland Seminary) all earned All-PAC Second Team accolades.
A two-time, first-team selection, Shipley finished third in the conference with 12 goals and eight assists and second with 32 points. Shipley tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals, including a double-overtime winner against Waynesburg on October 22. She has amassed 25 goals and 19 assists for 69 points during her first two seasons with the Presidents. Shipley has moved into fourth place all-time in total points, goals scored and assists.
Saussol started 11 games in goal, posting 7-3-1 record. She allowed just eight goals and turned away 53 shots, giving her the top save percentage in the PAC (.869). Saussol finished second in the conference with a 0.74 goals against average and earned four shutouts. She won 28 games during her career, while stopping 195 shots and posting 15 shutouts.
Marcius was named to the All-PAC First Team for the second consecutive year and has now earned postseason honors three times in her career, after being an honorable-mention selection as a freshman. She tied for eighth in NCAA Division III with 14 assists, while netting six goals. Marcius ranks fifth all-time at the college with 64 points and 18 assists. She is the fifth-leading goal scorer at W&J with 23 career tallies.
Murphy earned All-PAC First Team laurels for the first time and conference postseason honors for the third-straight season, as she was named to the second team in 2010 and was an honorable mention selection as a freshman. Murphy scored a career-high nine goals, good for third on the team, and added one assist for 19 points. She has appeared in 57 games during her career and sits in 11th place all-time with 37 total points (13G, 11A).
Shaner led a Presidents’ defense that allowed a school-record low 13 goals this season, breaking the mark of 16 set last year. W&J has set a new record-low for goals conceded in all three of Shaner’s seasons in Washington. During her career, she has played in 61 games, including 60 starts, tallying one goal and two assists.
Kelly helped the W&J defense earn 12 shutouts, the most in the PAC. The Presidents allowed just 0.65 goals per game, the second-lowest mark in the conference. She played in all 18 games and recorded one assist and five shots.
Marucci enjoyed a breakout rookie campaign, as she finished third on the team with 22 points (5G, 12A), while playing in all 19 games. Her 12 assists tied for 21st in the nation and broke Shipley’s freshman record of 11 set last season.
The Presidents finished with a 14-4-1 record and won the PAC regular season title for the first time after going unbeaten (8-0-1) in conference play. W&J set a new school record with a 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1) that spanned from September 19-October 29.