The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 College Division All-State Women's Soccer Teams on Wednesday. Twenty-two players from 10 different North Carolina institutions were named to the College Division All-State Teams.
Coming off a 12-3-3 campaign and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Queens led the way with four selections overall, including two on the first team. UNC Pembroke put three players on the All-State teams, while Chowan, Johnson & Wales, Lenoir-Rhyne, Meredith, Pfeiffer, Salem and Wingate each had a pair of players honored. Brevard put one player on the distinguished list.
Chowan's Carolina Lucci, Johnson & Wales' Lana Truese and UNC Pembroke's Alexis Pittman were selected as the first-team forwards for 2017. Lucci was the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year after scoring 19 goals and handing out four assists for the Hawks. She was also named D2CAA All-Region First Team, Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team and the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year. Her 19 goals were the most in the nation for a freshman and fourth among all Division II players.
Truese, a second team USCAA all-American, ranked second on the team in both goals (11) and assists (8) and ranked among the top 20 in the nation in both categories. Pittman scored a team-high nine goals for the Braves and racked up a trio of assists as a freshman. She finished third in the Peach Belt Conference and 13th in the nation in game-winning goals with six and ranked inside the top 10 in the conference in games started, goals and points.
Danielle Doyle of Johnson & Wales, Alana Jefferson of Queens, Jordan Lanier of Salem and Taylor Leyble of Wingate were named as the first-team midfielders. Doyle became the first Wildcat to earn a first-team all-American nod and led the team in all offensive categories and ranked fourth nationally in goals (21), fifth in assists (10) and fourth in points (52). Jefferson, a D2CCA All-Region First Team and South Atlantic Conference First Team selection, led all Royals in goals with 10 and points with 23. She ranked fourth in the league in goals and points and racked up a trio of game-winning goals.
A second-team All-USA South East Division pick, Lanier scored a team-high 10 goals and registered seven assists in 17 games for the Spirits. Leyble led the Bulldogs in goals (7), assists (5) and points (19), while being named to the All-South Atlantic Conference second team. She ranked fourth in the league in assists and sixth in goals and points.
The trio of Brevard's Sydney Alencewicz, Meredith's Kirstie King and Queens' Mariah Lewis were selected as the first-team defenders. Alencewicz anchored a Tornado back line that allowed just 1.15 goals per game and notched seven shutouts. She also scored eight goals and logged a pair of assists for 18 points, which ranked second on the team. King, a USA South first-team honoree, supporting an Avenging Angels defense that held conference opponents to just three goals and notched 10 shutouts overall. She also scored four goals and dished out two assists. Lewis started all 18 matches on the Royals' backline, while helping the team to a program record 11 shutout wins. The South Atlantic Conference Second Team pick also tallied the first goal of her career this season.
UNC Pembroke netminder Gina Ryan was named as the first-team goalkeeper. A D2CCA All-Region First Team selection, Ryan led All-Peach Belt Conference goalkeepers in games played (21), minutes (1,857), goals against (11), goals-against average (0.53), save percentage (.892) and shutouts (11). The All-Peach Belt Conference First Team pick ranked eighth in Division II in save percentage, 15th in minutes and 16th in goals-against average.
The NCCSIA All-State second-team is comprised of Lenoir-Rhyne's Abbie Brown and Abigael McGarel, Pfeiffer's Cayci Eaton and Tori Jackson, Queens' Thea Mallet and Charlotte Ring, Chowan's Olivia Borer, Meredith's Jessica Wallace, Salem's Sydney Priest, UNC Pembroke's Christine Rolfes and Wingate's Kimmi Moore.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the 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 College Division All-State Women's Soccer Teams
|F||Carolina Lucci||Fr.||Chowan||Monaca, Pa.|
|F||Lana Truese||So.||Johnson & Wales||Herndon, Va.|
|F||Alexis Pittman||Fr.||UNC Pembroke||Greensboro, N.C.|
|M||Alana Jefferson||Sr.||Queens||Washington, N.C.|
|M||Taylor Leyble||Sr.||Wingate||Jacksonville, N.C.|
|M||Danielle Doyle *||Jr.||Johnson & Wales||Central Islip, N.Y.|
|M||Jordan Lanier ^$||Sr.||Salem||Asheboro, N.C.|
|D||Mariah Lewis *||Sr.||Queens||Viera, Fla.|
|D||Kirstie King||Jr.||Meredith||Fayetteville, N.C.|
|D||Sydney Alencewicz||Sr.||Brevard||Ocoee, Fla.|
|GK||Gina Ryan ^||So.||UNC Pembroke||Cape Carteret, N.C.|
|F||Charlotte Ring $||Jr.||Queens||Schwerin, Germany|
|F||Jessica Wallace ^||Jr.||Meredith||Kitty Hawk, N.C.|
|F||Cayci Eaton||Fr.||Pfeiffer||Harrisburg, N.C.|
|M||Thea Mallet||So.||Queens||Preston, England|
|M||Kimmi Moore||Jr.||Wingate||Hubert, N.C.|
|M||Abbie Brown||Jr.||Lenoir-Rhyne||Leeds, England|
|M||Abigael McGarel ^||So.||Lenoir-Rhyne||Morristown, Tenn.|
|D||Tori Jackson||Sr.||Pfeiffer||Denver, N.C.|
|D||Christine Rolfes||Jr.||UNC Pembroke||Concord, N.C.|
|D||Sydney Priest *||Sr.||Salem||Frisco, Texas|
|GK||Olivia Borer||Jr.||Chowan||Malabar, Fla.|
* - First Team All-State in 2016
^ - Second Team All-State in 2016
$ - Second Team All-State in 2015