Dec. 4, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- All four senior captains from the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team -- Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch), Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) -- were named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region first team, the organization announced Wednesday morning (Dec. 4).
U-M has placed four players on the All-Region teams for the second consecutive year, though this is the first year in program history where all four of those players were named to the same team (first team). Prior to Wednesday, only seven Michigan players had been named to the first team in the previous 19-year history of the program. Nearly half of the program's All-Great Lakes Region first team selections have come in the last two seasons (five of 11): Ezurike, Hein, Toohey and Zadorsky in 2013 and Haley Kopmeyer in 2012. Additionally, all four players were named All-Big Ten first team selections.
Ezurike graduates as the program's career leader in goals (49) and points (118). Yesterday (Tuesday, Dec. 3), she was named as one of the 15 national semifinalists for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. This season, she scored 14 goals and tallied 10 assists, becoming only the fourth player in program history to record double-digit totals in both categories. Ezurike is now a three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region pick, also being named to the third team in 2010 and the second team in 2012.
Hein and Zadorsky each have played a huge part in championing Michigan's dominant defense, helping lead the team to top-10 national rankings and single-season program records in goals against average (0.51), fewest goals allowed (12) and shutouts (13 - 2012). On offense this season, Zadorsky had one goal and nine assists, while Hein had three goals and one assist. For their efforts in the classroom, both women were also named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Five selections this season. Both Hein and Zadorsky receive All-Region honors for the second consecutive season (Hein was second team in 2012, Zadorsky was third team).
Toohey was a mainstay in the Michigan midfield throughout her four-year career, starting 78 career matches and tallying 38 career points. She scored six goals this season -- three of them coming in the Wolverines' NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight -- while also dishing out three assists. It is the first All-Region honor of her career.
The NSCAA will announce its All-America teams on Friday (Dec. 6).
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423