By Eric Rhew, UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 University Division All-State Women's Soccer Teams on Wednesday. A total of 22 student-athletes from five different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Charlotte, Western Carolina and High Point each had six student-athletes honored on the All-State Teams while Campbell placed three student-athletes on the squads along with one selection from Gardner-Webb.
The 49ers, who reached the Conference USA Championship Game, led all schools with five players on the All-State First Team while the Big South Conference champion Panthers had four players named to the All-State First Team. Western Carolina junior Sayres McKenna and Campbell sophomore Alexa Genas also received First-Team All-State distinction to round out the team.
High Point senior Alex Hank was named as the NCCSIA All-State First Team goalkeeper after leading the Panthers to the Big South Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Naples, Fla., native posted a 0.98 goals against average while stopping 81.9 percent of the shots she faced. She earned First-Team All-Big South distinction and was named as the Big South Conference Tournament MVP.
A pair of Hank's teammates – senior Paige Lloyd and sophomore Allie Reagan – joined Charlotte freshman Meredith Hamby to make up the All-State First Team defense. Lloyd, a native of Fairfax, Va., received a spot on the All-Big South Conference First Team after appearing in all 22 games while Reagan earned Second-Team All-Big South notice while appearing in 21 contests. Hamby, the lone freshman on the All-State First Team, started all 21 games for the 49ers, who finished with an 11-8-2 record.
Charlotte's Sophie Sipprell and Kelley Suggs teamed up with Western Carolina junior Sayres McKenna and High Point senior Becca Rolfe to complete the First-Team midfield unit. Sipprell, a sophomore from Matthews, N.C., started 19-of-21 games for the 49ers and scored three goals with an assist while Suggs, a sophomore from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., started all 21 contests.
McKenna, who received Second-Team All-State honors last year, guided Western Carolina to the Southern Conference Tournament Championship final and earned Second-Team All-SoCon recognition after scoring four goals with six assists while starting all 21 games. Rolfe, a senior from Nashville, Tenn., received First-Team All-Big South honors and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award after ranking third on the team with two goals and three assists.
Four-time First-Team All-State selection Martha Thomas of Charlotte joins teammate Megan Greene and Campbell's Alexa Genas as the All-State First Team forwards. A senior from Weston, Fla., Thomas closed out her career with 13 goals and seven assists while starting all 21 contests for the 49ers en route to collecting her second consecutive Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Year honor.
Greene, a sophomore from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., also earned First-Team All-Conference USA plaudits after netting 10 goals with six helpers while starting all 21 games. The 2016 Conference USA Rookie-of-the-Year ranked second on the team behind Thomas with 26 points and tallied three game-winning goals. Genas, meanwhile, was named as the Big South Conference Attacking Player-of-the-Year after scoring 15 goals for the Camels, the fourth-highest total in program history. The Albuquerque, N.M., product started 18-of-19 games and tallied three hat tricks during the season.
The NCCSIA All-State Second Team is comprised of Western Carolina's Megan McCallister, Emily Threatt, Kasey Cooke, Kayla Thomas and Maryanne Kilgore along with Gardner-Webb's Stina Kleppe, High Point's Michele Micciche and Lindsay Elsen, Campbell's Shannon Wratchford and Anna Brantley, and Charlotte's Abby Stapleton.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2017 University Division All-State Women's Soccer Teams
|GK||Alex Hank||Sr.||High Point||Naples, Fla.|
|D||Paige Lloyd||Sr.||High Point||Fairfax, Va.|
|D||Meredith Hamby||Fr.||Charlotte||Cary, N.C.|
|D||Allie Reagan||So.||High Point||Kernersville, N.C.|
|M||Sayres McKenna %||Jr.||Western Carolina||Wilmington, N.C.|
|M||Sophie Sipprell||So.||Charlotte||Matthews, N.C.|
|M||Becca Rolfe #^||Sr.||High Point||Nashville, Tenn.|
|M||Kelley Suggs||So.||Charlotte||Fuquay-Varina, N.C.|
|F||Martha Thomas !#^||Sr.||Charlotte||Weston, Fla.|
|F||Alexa Genas %||So.||Campbell||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|F||Megan Greene !||So.||Charlotte||Fuquay-Varina, N.C.|
|GK||Abby Stapleton||Fr.||Charlotte||Charlotte, N.C.|
|D||Anna Brantley||Jr.||Campbell||Strongsville, Ohio|
|D||Kayla Thomas||Jr.||Western Carolina||Duluth, Ga.|
|D||Maryanne Kilgore||Fr.||Western Carolina||Jefferson, Ga.|
|M||Shannon Wratchford||Jr.||Campbell||Spotsylvania, Va.|
|M||Stina Kleppe||So.||Gardner-Webb||Skien, Norway|
|M||Lindsay Elsen||Sr.||High Point||Lexington, Ky.|
|M||Kasey Cooke %||R-Sr.||Western Carolina||Rocky Mount, N.C.|
|F||Megan McCallister||Jr.||Western Carolina||Asheville, N.C.|
|F||Michele Micciche||Sr.||High Point||Leesburg, Va.|
|F||Emily Threatt %||So.||Western Carolina||Knoxville, Tenn.|
! – First Team All-State in 2016
% - Second Team All-State in 2016
# - First Team All-State in 2015
@ - Second Team All-State in 2015
^ - First Team All-State in 2014