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Banta Tabbed Third Team All-Conference

Banta Tabbed Third Team All-Conference

WINTHROP, Mass. - For the second consecutive season, sophomore defender Jenna Banta (Montville, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's soccer team was named All-Conference, earning All-GNAC Third Team honors for the 2019 season, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the league's front office. Additionally, the women's soccer team collectively picked up one of the year-end major awards as they were selected for the GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award in a vote amogst the league's 13 head coaches.

OFFICIAL GNAC RELEASE

Banta, who was an All-GNAC Second Team selection following her freshman campaign in 2018, picked up All-GNAC Third Team honors this year after helping organize USJ's back line all season. The Montville product led a Blue Jay defensive unit that recorded seven shutouts on the year including five in GNAC play. The Blue Jays allowed the third-fewest goals (21) on the season in comparison to their GNAC counterparts and posted the second-best goals allowed average, allowing just 1.24 goals per game.

Offensively, Banta logged a pair of assists, providing a helper in a 4-1 victory at Nichols on September 1 before dishing out the game-winning assist two matches later on September 7 in a 2-1 triumph at home over Eastern Nazarene. The game-winning assist to defeat the Lions came in the first-ever game played on the newly renovated turf USJ Soccer Field. 

The Blue Jays, who finished the 2019 regular-season campaign 10-6-1 overall, 5-6-1 in the GNAC, and made their 20th consecutive appearance in the GNAC Postseason Tournament, were picked to receive the GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award. It marks the first time USJ has been selected for the GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award since the league started it in 2013. Freshman Olivia Belcourt (Cromwell, Conn.) was also tabbed to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

For the complete list of all-conference honorees, major award winners, and all-sportsmanship selections, please see below.

First Team
F – Natalie Dash, Emmanuel (Mass.)
F – Olivia Cairrao, Johnson & Wales (RI)
F – Jordan Restivo, Johnson & Wales (RI)
M – Sydney Jimmo, Colby-Sawyer
M – Cat Nolan, Johnson & Wales (RI)
M – Jade Jordan, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
M – McKenzie Murphy, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
B – Kaylin Deschenes, Emmanuel (Mass.)
B – Olivia Pellegrino, Johnson & Wales (RI)
B – Korynne Provenzano, Lasell
GK – Adia Grogan, Saint Joseph's (Me.)

Second Team
F – Haley Andrews, Albertus Magnus
F – Karyssa Lachance, Norwich
F – Kayley Mattos, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
M – Sydney Allen, Emmanuel (Mass.)
M – Jaclyn Larsen, Johnson & Wales (RI)
M – Bobbi O'Guin, Lasell
M – Rachel Kelly, Regis (Mass.)
B – Chloe Henriksen, Johnson & Wales (RI)
B – Peggy Balboni, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
B – Lauren Brandau, Simmons
GK – Colleen Lynch, Johnson & Wales (RI)

Third Team
F – Katherine Raposo, Albertus Magnus
F – Kaylee Francis, Regis (Mass.)
F – Caleigh O'Brien, Suffolk
M – Abba McKenelley, Emmanuel (Mass.)
M – Caitlin Rotonnelli, Lasell
M – Sydney Rocheville, Norwich
M – Izabella Warren, Simmons
B – Thea Alberti, Colby-Sawyer
B – Rachel Prevost, Emmanuel (Mass.)
B – Jenna Banta, Saint Joseph (Conn.)
GK – Allison Rodrigues, Suffolk

GNAC Offensive Player of the Year – Olivia Cairrao, Johnson & Wales (RI)
GNAC Defensive Player of the Year – Kaylin Deschenes, Emmanuel (Mass.)
GNAC Goalkeeper Player of the Year – Adia Grogan, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
GNAC Rookie of the Year – Sydney Jimmo, Colby-Sawyer
GNAC Coach of the Year – Ashley Van Vechten, Suffolk
GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award – University of Saint Joseph (Conn.)

2019 GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team
Amanda McGeehan, Albertus Magnus
Karlyn Brown, Anna Maria
Raina Ceryak, Colby-Sawyer
Taylor Rathbun, Emmanuel
Tiana Strachan, JWU
Kyla Bragg, Lasell
Mary-Kait Mace, Norwich
Shelagh O'Neil, Regis
Ashley Glynn, Rivier
Olivia Belcourt, Saint Joseph (Conn.)
Cori Balam, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
Amber Nobbs, Simmons 
Emerson Wildes, Suffolk

About The GNAC
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.

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