YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team gained a Capital Athletic Conference-high eight post-season awards, including head coach Kwame Lloyd being selected as the 2014 CAC women's soccer Coach of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.
The Sea Gulls had four players earn first-team honors, in juniors Victoria Luc and Casey Arnone, sophomore Jenny Gavigan, and senior Michelle Conrad, while three Gulls, juniors Logan O'Meara and Samantha Beck and senior Jackie Holtzman, earned second-team nods.
Lloyd coached his team to an overall record of 10-6-3 and a conference record of 7-2 in just his second season at the helm, leading SU all the way to the CAC semifinals. Lloyd coached a team that scored 31 goals on the year, which was good for fifth best in the conference.
Luc, who played in all 19 games and started in 13, had a spectacular season on the offensive side of the ball for the Sea Gulls. The Pasadena, Maryland native led the team in goals with eight on the year, notching three game-winners, including the game-winning goal in the second overtime period in the 2-1 win over Southern Virginia University on September 27. Luc earned CAC Offensive Player of the Week and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week for her performances against Stevenson University and Southern Virginia. Luc also tallied two assists during the year.
Arnone was one of the anchors on the back line for Salisbury, starting and playing in 18 games during the season. Arnone's tough defensive play contributed to the Sea Gulls' 1.10 goals-against average, which was fifth best in the conference.
For Gavigan, this was her second-straight CAC post-season accolade, earning second-team honors last year. The Finksburg, Maryland native was an important asset in the midfield for Salisbury in the 2014 season. Gavigan tied for third on the team in goals with three and scored the game-winner against the University of Mary Washington on October 18.
Conrad is now a three-time first-team All-CAC honoree for her dominant play in goal for the Sea Gulls. The senior goalkeeper recorded 10 wins in front of the net, tied for second-best in the conference, and garnered 64 saves along with a .744 save percentage. The senior captain was a key contributor to the strong SU defense, notching a 1.10 goals against average.
O'Meara earned second-team All-CAC honors for the first time for her high-scoring performance this season. The Cranbury, New Jersey native was second on the team in goals with seven and also picked up an assist. O'Meara earned CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after she assisted on the game winner against Wesley College and scored the first goal in the 2-1 victory over York College of Pennsylvania.
After earning first-team honors last season, Beck once again was honored with an All-CAC award, this time being placed on the second-team. Beck tied for third on the team in goals scored with three, and also recorded an assist. In the thriller against Stevenson, Beck came through and scored the game-winner to put the Sea Gulls over the Mustangs, 3-2, in the second overtime period.
Holtzman was another key contributor on the back line for the Sea Gulls. The senior defender was a force to be reckoned with, anchoring a defense that only allowed 22 goals on the season. The Linwood, New Jersey native also contributed on the offensive side of the ball, recording an assist in the 1-1 tie against Otterbein University.
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