WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Junior forward Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, CT) of the University of Saint Joseph soccer team was tabbed to the All-GNAC Third Team in the annual year-end all-conference announcement. The league front office revealed the three all-conference teams, major award winners and all-sportsmanship team via a release on Monday afternoon.
Spezzano started in all 16 games that she played in and was the Blue Jays most consistent offensive threat throughout the 2016 season averaging 4.62 shots per game. In her first year with USJ, the junior forward led the team in points with 14. She tied for the team lead with five goals, two of which were game-winners, and led the squad with four assists. She posted one multi-goal match with a pair of markers in a 4-0 rout of GNAC foe Norwich.
The Watertown product helped lead the Blue Jays to a 6-11-1 overall record and 4-6-1 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action. USJ qualified for the post-season tournament for the 17th straight season before being knocked out by eventual GNAC champion Lasell in the quarterfinal round.
Haley DaGraca of Saint Joseph's (Me.) was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, Nadine Simpson (Johnson & Wales) and Mack Kingman (Lasell) were Co-Defensive Players of the Year, Colleen Lynch (Johnson & Wales) was the Rookie and Goalkeeper of the Year and Jenelle Harris (Saint Joseph's (Me.)) picked up Coach of the Year honors as the major award winners.
Mount Ida earned the Institutional Sportsmanship Award and sophomore Shelby Tallman (Colchester, CT) was represented on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team for USJ.