WOMEN'S SOCCER EARNS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seven University of New Hampshire women's soccer athletes received America East All-Conference honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

Junior Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team.

Sophomores Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) and Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) were both named to the Second Team.

Freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was tabbed for the All-Rookie Team.

Senior Ashley Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.), as well as juniors Brooke Duchaney (North Hampton, N.H.) and Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) were chosen for the All-Academic Team.

Mooney, who was an All-Conference Second Team member last season, once again anchored the Wildcat backfield this season, starting all 20 contests and notching her first career point with one assist. The defense ranks fourth in the conference in shutouts (4), fifth in goals against average (1.28) and sixth in goals allowed per game (1.35).

Kuss, a strong forward who threatens defenses as both a goal scorer and play maker, led the team with 12 points on three goals and six assists. The first-year Wildcat ranked third in the conference in assists and eighth in points.

Lamotte, who was a Second Teamer and All-Rookie member a year ago, finished tied for second on the team with eight points on three goals and two assists. An explosive midfielder, Lamotted started all 20 games this season and has now played in all 39 games, including 38 starts, during her career.

Correa played every single second of every game in the opening season of her career. Correa was solid in net, leading the conference in saves (113), while ranking third in save percentage (.807), and shutouts (4), and sixth in GAA (1.28). She also earned a handful of accoldaes during the season, including Defensive MVP and All-Tournament Team honors at the TD Bank Classic at the University of Vermont, and America East Rookie of the Week on Aug. 30.

Avitabile, who tallied three points on a goal and an assist, is a biochemistry major with a 3.78 grade point average, which ranks third on the 13-member All-Academic Team. Avitabile is a versatile impact player, who moved between the midfield and back positions depending on the team's needs. She scored with 5:48 remaining in regulation to lift her squad to a 2-1 victory  against La Salle on Aug. 27, en route to being named to the TD Bank Classic All-Tournament Team.

Duchaney, who is a business administration: marketing major with a 3.54 GPA, recorded five points on two goals and an assist. Her two game-winning goals ranked fifth in the conference. Her tally in the 34th minute against Dartmouth on Sept. 23 gave UNH its first victory against the Big Green in 19 years.

Michel, a forward who registered five points on a goal and three assists, is a psychology major with a 3.60 GPA. She ranked 10th in the conference in assists.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. when they travel to take on No. 4 Albany in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championship tournament.

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