Three Women’s Soccer Players Earn Division III All-Great Lakes Region Honors
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College sophomore forward Holly Shipley (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-Great Lakes Region First Team, while senior goalie Stephanie Saussol (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and junior forward Chrissy Marcius (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) earned second-team accolades.
On Friday, Shipley became the first NSCAA Division III All-American in the 22-year history of the women’s soccer program at W&J. She was named to the third team and was one of only three sophomores to be named All-America.
Shipley scored 12 goals and recorded eight assists for 32 points on her way to being named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2011. Shipley has tallied 69 points on 25 goals and 19 assists in just two seasons at W&J, ranking her fourth all-time in each category.
Saussol was a First Team All-PAC performer in goal for the Presidents. She started 11 games between the pipes, posting a 7-3-1 record. Saussol posted a conference-best .869 save percentage and finished second with a 0.74 goals against average. During her career, she won 28 games, while stopping 195 shots and posting 15 shutouts.
Marcius is a three-time All-PAC award winner, having been named to the first team both of the last two seasons. She tied for eighth in NCAA Division III this fall with 14 assists, a school record. Marcius also added six goals, including a pair of game-winners. She ranks fifth all-time at W&J in points (65) and assists (18) and is sixth with 23 goals.
The 2011 season marks the first time in school history that W&J had more than one player named to the All-Great Lakes Region team and the fourth consecutive year that a President has earned the regional honor. Junior defender Lauren Reynolds (Irwin, Pa./Norwin) attained third-team accolades last season, while Spencer Ahrenholtz '10 was named to the second team in 2009 and third team in 2008. Since Jen Pergola '06 earned the school’s first award in 2005, W&J has produced eight All-Region honorees.
W&J led the PAC women's soccer squads with three players named to the all-region teams. Thomas More had two players selected, while Grove City, Waynesburg, and Westminster were also represented with one.
The Presidents are led by Head Coach Pete Curtis, who led W&J to its first PAC regular season championship in 2011. W&J has won three PAC Championships and earned its first three bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament during his five seasons in Washington. He owns a 64-34-9 overall record.