Nov. 5, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- On the eve of the Big Ten Tournament, five members of the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team received All-Big Ten honors on Tuesday (Nov. 5), highlighted by a quartet of first team selections. All four senior captains were named All-Big Ten first teamers, including forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), midfielder Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and defenders Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). Additionally, midfield/forward Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
The Wolverines have placed four players on the first team in back-to-back seasons and for only the third time in program history (others: 2012, 1999). Ezurike, Hein and Zadorsky are the first players to be named to the first team in back-to-back years since Abby Crumpton (2001-02) and Amy Sullivant (2000-02). With Lewis' inclusion on the All-Freshman Team, Michigan has had at least one representative on that team in 10 of the last 12 years.
The four seniors have started all 18 matches this season. Ezurike is only the third player in program history to be named All-Big Ten four times, joining Crumpton (first team in 1999, 2001 and 2002; second team in 2000) and Mari Hoff (second team from 1996-99). She is Michigan's leader in shots (83), points (31), goals (11) and assists (nine). She became the program's career leader in goals earlier this season (currently has 46) and is six points away from breaking Crumpton's career points record of 116 (currently has 111).
Toohey was elevated to the first team this year after making the second team in 2012 and the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2010. She has three goals and three assists this season and has started every match she has played in during her four-year collegiate career (73/73).
Hein and Zadorsky have been the leaders of the Michigan defense, which ranks among the top 10 nationally in both goals-against average (0.49) and save percentage (.880). The defense with freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) ranks first in the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (nine), goals-against average and shutouts (nine). Hein and Zadorsky have combined for three goals and nine assists on the offensive end. Zadorsky's eight helpers are tied for fifth best in the Big Ten.
Lewis was one of three unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. She ranks second on the team in goals (five) and points (17) and is third in assists (seven) while starting 13 of 18 matches this season.
Lastly, junior Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton) was named as the team's representative for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. She has started 17 of 18 matches this season on defense.
2013 Big Ten Women's Soccer Awards & All-Big Ten Teams
Coach of the Year: JOHN WALKER, Nebraska
Forward of the Year: Janelle Flaws, Illinois
Midfielder of the Year: Jordan Jackson, Nebraska
Defender of the Year: Ari Romero, Nebraska
Goalkeeper of the Year: Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota
Freshman of the Year: Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
|Position||First Team||Second Team|
|Forward||JANELLE FLAWS, Illinois||Cloe Lacasse, Iowa|
|Nkem Ezurike, Michigan||Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska|
|Maya Hayes, Penn State||Nichelle Prince, Ohio State|
|Midfield||Meghan Toohey, Michigan||Lisa Nouanesengsy, Indiana|
|Jordan Jackson, Nebraska||Taylor Schram, Penn State|
|Mallory Weber, Penn State||Kinley McNicoll, Wisconsin|
|Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin|
|Defense||Holly Hein, Michigan||Melanie Pickert, Iowa|
|Shelina Zadorsky, Michigan||Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Michigan State|
|ARI ROMERO, Nebraska||Megan Fuller, Ohio State|
|Whitney Church, Penn State|
|Goalkeeper||Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota||Emma Stevens, Nebraska|
All-Big Ten Freshman Team*
|Forward||MADISSON LEWIS, Michigan|
|JAYCIE JOHNSON, Nebraska|
|Nichelle Prince, Ohio State|
|Midfield||Veronica Ellis, Indiana|
|Josee Stiever, Minnesota|
|Sydney Miramontez, Nebraska|
|Alexis Degler, Ohio State|
|ROSE LAVELLE, Wisconsin|
|Defense||Amanda Lulek, Iowa|
|Brittany Basinger, Penn State|
|Kylie Schwarz, Wisconsin|
|Goalkeeper||Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota|
* Additional honorees due to tie
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Kristen Gierman, Illinois
Rebecca Dreher, Indiana
Alex Melin, Iowa
Chloe Sosenko, Michigan
Kelsey Mullen, Michigan State
Steph Brandt, Minnesota
Hannah Dittmar, Nebraska
Kate Allen, Northwestern
Ellyn Gruber, Ohio State
Tani Costa, Penn State
Hadley Stuart, Purdue
Marisa Kresge, Wisconsin
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423