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Soccer Earns Four All-Conference Selections

Soccer Earns Four All-Conference Selections

WINTHROP, Mass. – Four members of the University of Saint Joseph women's soccer team were named All-Conference headlined by senior forward Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.) who was named to the 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Soccer All-Conference First Team. It was announced by the league's front office on Monday afternoon.


Sophomore Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) was named the All-GNAC Second Team Goalkeeper and junior midfielder Amanda Ghent (Portland, Conn.) and senior defender Shelby Tallman (Colchester, Conn.) were named to the All-GNAC Third Team. Tallman was also honored on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team as the representative for the Blue Jays.

Spezzano, an All-GNAC Third Team honoree in 2016, had a breakout senior season for the Blue Jays, finishing the year with a team-high 35 points coming on team-best 12 goals and a GNAC-best 11 assists to earn a spot on the All-GNAC First Team. Five of her goals proved to be game-winners, which was third most across the conference.

Ricci started between the pipes in all 16 games for USJ and posted 94 total saves and a .803 save percentage to go along with two shutouts and two combined shutouts to pick up All-GNAC Second Team honors. In 1393:08 minutes played in net, Ricci allowed just 23 goals, good for a 1.49 goals against average.

Ghent and Tallman were both tabbed to the All-GNAC Third Team. Ghent transitioned from defense to midfield this season and saw an outburst in offensive production, finishing second on the team in points with 26. She netted a career-high 11 goals to go with four assists and had one game-winning marker. Tallman concludes her career with an All-GNAC Third Team nod after being a staple as a part of USJ's back four each season. The center back anchored a back line that allowed the fourth fewest goals in the GNAC and offensively, she recorded a goal on the season, while placing eight of her nine shots on goal for a .889 shot on goal percentage.

Lasell's Carly Zdanek was named the 2017 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, JWU's Kali Trunca was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, Lasell's Sarah LaClair earned Goalkeeper of the Year, JWU's Olivia Cairrao was named Rookie of the Year, Emmanuel's Dan Campana was awarded Coach of the Year and Simmons College picked up the Institutional Sportsmanship Award to round out the year-end major award winners. A complete list of the three All-Conference Teams, major award winners and All-Sportsmanship Team can be found below.

First Team
F – Deja Hursey, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Jr., Columbia, Md.)
F – Jessica Spezzano, St. Joseph (Conn.) (Sr., Watertown, Conn.)
F – Haley DaGraca, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Saco, Maine)
M – Abba McKenelley, Emmanuel (Mass.) (So., Middleton, Mass.)
M – Olivia Cairrao, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Fr., Bristol, RI, 22)
M – Carly Zdanek, Lasell (Jr., Newton, N.J.)
M – Jennifer Martin, Suffolk (Sr., Higganum, Conn., 11)
B – Kali Trunca, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Jr., Litchfield, NH, 15)
B – Sabrina Morais, Lasell (Jr., Arlington Mass.)
B – Emily DeLuca, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Gorham, Maine)
GK – Sarah LaClair, Lasell (Sr., Belchertown, Mass.)

Second Team
F – Kayla Generis, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Jr., Wethersfield, Conn.)
F – Kyra Selner, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., Sterling, Va.)
F – Alexandra Nagri, Suffolk (Sr., Salem, N.H.)
M – Angelina Piccirillo, Albertus Magnus (Sr., Naugatuck, Conn.)
M – Molly McCormack, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So.,  Livingston, N.J.)
M – Sarah Comtois, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Lowell, Mass.)
M – Cíara Forde, Simmons (Jr., Quincy, Mass.)
B – Katherine O'Kane, Emmanuel (Mass.) (So., Hanson, Mass.)
B – Brianna DeLuna, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Fr., Massapequa Park, N.Y.)
B – Liz Donovan, Simmons (Sr., Nashua N.H.)
GK – Megan Ricci, St. Joseph (Conn.) (So., Center Moriches, N.Y.)

Third Team
F – Payton Fitzgerald, Regis (Mass.) (Fr., Danielson, Conn.)
F – Mikayla Elliott, Simmons (Jr., Lowell, Mass.)
F – Kashka Gammon, Simmons (Sr., Nashua N.H.)
M – Erika Badger, Lasell (Jr., Scituate, Mass.)
M – Caitlin Rotonnelli, Lasell (So., Meredith, N.H.)
M – Amanda Ghent, St. Joseph (Conn.) (Jr., Portland, Conn.)
M – Lauren Brandau, Simmons (Jr., Madiso, Conn.)
B – Korynne Provenzano, Lasell (Fr., Stratham, N.H.)
B – Shelby Tallman, St. Joseph (Conn.) (Sr., Colchester, Conn.)
B – Jessie Pratt, Simmons (Sr., Westfield Mass.)
GK – Lexie Fenn, Albertus Magnus (Jr., GK - Oakville, Conn.)

Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year – Carly Zdanek, Lasell
Defensive Player of the Year – Kali Trunca, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Goalkeeper of the Year – Sarah LaClair, Lasell
Rookie of the Year – Olivia Cairrao, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Coach of the Year – Dan Campagna, Emmanuel
Institutional Sportsmanship Award – Simmons College

All-Sportsmanship Team
Samantha Valentine, Albertus Magnus (Fr.)
Emily David, Emmanuel (Sr., Uniondale, N.Y.)
Danielle Barone, Johnson & Wales (Jr., Staten Island, N.Y.)
Emma Papile, Lasell (Jr., Quincy, Mass.)
Heather Pollock, Mount Ida (Sr., Middleton, Mass.)
Darby Smith, Norwich (Sr., Northfield, Vt.)
Lauren Goodspeed, Rivier (Sr., Merrimack, N.H.)
Erin Loehner, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., Danvers, Mass.)
Shelby Tallman, Saint Joseph (CT) (Sr., Colchester, Conn.)
Lauren Stiles, Saint Joseph's (ME) (Sr., Gorham, Maine)
Erin Fleming, Simmons (Jr., West Boylston , Mass.)
Veronica Bernardo, Suffolk (Jr., Ludlow, Mass.)