ANNVILLE, Pa. - Hood College's Courtney Ellis was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Rookie of the Year and was one of four Blazers named to the All-MAC Commonwealth teams voted on by the league's coaches.
Erin Scarborough was named to the All-MAC Commonwealth First Team, with Ellis and Ashley Wiedemann garnering second-team honors. Lydia Erickson was voted honorable mention. The quartet led Hood to a school-record tying 11 wins this season.
A midfielder, Ellis is the first Hood player named the conference rookie of the year since the 2006 season (Nina Duron). Ellis tied for seventh in the conference in goals scored with seven and her 17 points were third on Hood's team. The freshman had a three-match goal-scoring streak finishing with four goals and 10 points during a stretch against St. Elizabeth, St. Vincent and Wilson. In conference contests, she found the back of the net against both Stevenson and Alvernia and assisted on a goal at Albright.
Scarborough, Hood's first all-conference first-teamer since 2006 (Tamara Maggard, Whitney Boyer, Duron), set career-highs in every statistical category this year. The forward leads Hood with 12 goals and 29 points and is second with five assists. She ranks second in the MAC Commonwealth in goals, third in points and tied for seventh in assists. She scored half of her goals during conference play, including multi-goal matches against Stevenson and Alvernia, scoring the game-winner in both matches.
Weidemann picks up her first all-conference honor as a senior. A four-year starter, she helped the Blazers record eight shutouts this season, the most since 2008. She has helped lead the defense to a 1.34 goals against average, the best mark for Hood since 2008. Weidemann pitched in offensively with her first career goal in the season opener against Washington Adventist.
Erickson is also earning her first all-conference nod. She tied for second in the MAC Commonwealth in saves per game (6.00). She was fourth in shutouts (5), fifth in goals against average (1.50) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.797). Erickson recorded 19 saves in an overtime win over Lebanon Valley, the first of four straight conference matches with double-digit saves.
Below is the 2019 All-MAC Commonwealth Women's Soccer Team.
|Offensive Player of the Year: Brooke Firestone (Sr.), Messiah|
|Defensive Player of the Year: Brianna Crowley (So.), Arcadia|
|Rookie of the Year: Courtney Ellis (Fr.), Hood|
|Coach of the Year: Scott Frey, Messiah|
|Forward||Erin Vander Plaat||Arcadia||Junior|
|Midfielder||Maya Cohen||Lebanon Valley||Junior|