Nkem Ezurike (L) and Meghan Toohey
Dec. 6, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Seniors Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) of the University of Michigan women's soccer team were named 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Women's All-Americans, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Friday (Dec. 6). Ezurike was named to the first team as a forward, while Toohey was named to the second team as a midfielder.
Ezurike and Toohey are the sixth and seventh players in program history to receive NSCAA All-America honors. The previous five -- Amber Berendowsky (1997), Erin Gilhart (1997), Abby Crumpton (2002), Amy Sullivant (2002) and Haley Kopmeyer (2012) -- were all named to the second team. Ezurike is the first player in the 20-year history of the program to be named to the first team.
Both women finished their careers as four-year starters and team captains during their senior season, helping lead Michigan to a second-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
Ezurike graduates as arguably the top player in the history of the program, holding career records in goals (49), goals per game (0.62), points (118) and points per game (1.49). Earlier this week, she was named one of 15 national semifinalists for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. Ezurike is a four-time All-Big Ten, three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region and two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick. She scored 14 goals and tallied 10 assists this season, becoming the fourth player in program history to record double-digit totals in both categories in the same season.
Toohey had her best season as a senior, starting all 23 matches while setting career highs in both goals (six) and points (16). She played her best soccer during the Wolverines' NCAA Tournament run, recording at least one point in the team's four matches (three goals, one assist). For her efforts, Toohey earned All-Big Ten and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors this season, being named to the first team on both.
Ezurike and Toohey will be recognized on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423