October 26, 2011

Women's Soccer Earns All-Conference Honors

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

Junior Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) headlines the group, claiming All-Conference First Team honors, while Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were both tabbed to the All-Conference Second Team. Additionally, Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) took home conference All-Rookie Team honors.

After being named to the All-Conference Second Team the last two years, LaMotte was selected to the All-Conference First Team for the first time in her career this season after posting four points on two assists and one goal in the regular season. She has started in all 18 games this year and leads the squad in shots with 28, notching 13 on goal attempts. She made her biggest impact notching points against Albany (Sept. 29) and Binghamton (Oct. 16), propelling UNH to victories in both contests. 

Gilkenson, who was tabbed an All-Rookie Team selection in 2008, currently leads the Wildcats with eight points on three goals and two assists this season. She also ranks second on the squad in shots with 23, posting 14 on goal attempts. Most recently she claimed America East Co-Player of the Week (Oct. 24) honors, punching in goals in back-to-back games to propel the Wildcats into the postseason as the No. 4 seed. Her offensive spark has been a welcome addition, as she has notched a point in three of the final four games of the regular season. During that span the Wildcats are 2-1-1 and have remained unbeaten in three straight games as they head into the postseason.

Mooney earns All-Conference Second Team honors for the second time in her career, as she was also tabbed to the team in 2009. An All-Conference First Team honoree last year, Mooney has notched a pair of helpers, each coming in victories over Holy Cross (Sept. 21) and Albany (Sept. 29) in 2011. The tri-captain has started in all 18 games this year, anchoring a defense that ranks fourth in the conference in shutouts (4), fifth in goals against average (1.63) and goals allowed (30).

As for Ledwith, she claims All-Rookie Team honors after putting together a stellar freshman campaign in which she led the squad in points with three goals and two assists. She appeared in all 18 games, starting in five matches, posting 23 shots and 15 on goal attempts. Earlier this season she was named America East Rookie of the Week (Oct. 3), opening the week with a five-point outing against Albany (Sept. 29), leading the Wildcats to a 5-3 victory, tallying two goals and an assist. The impressive total made her the first America East Rookie to notch five points in a game in over two years. Additionally, the mark was the second highest single-game point total posted by any player in the conference this year.

The Wildcats return to action when they host the quarterfinal round of the America East Championships, taking on fifth-seeded Binghamton on Thursday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.) at Bremner Field.
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