Nov. 3, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State, the top seed in this week’s ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, placed a combined six student-athletes on this year’s All-ACC teams as announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford.
The Seminoles also claimed two of the four individual accolades as sophomore Tiffany McCarty was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, while Mark Krikorian was honored as the league’s Coach of the Year. The conference postseason awards were selected by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches.
This year Florida State landed a pair of first team selections including McCarty and senior Becky Edwards. A trio of Seminoles earned a spot on the second team including junior Amanda DaCosta and sophomores Toni Pressley and Jessica Price, while Ines Jaurena was named to the All-Freshman team. Since 2000, FSU has received 19 first team All-ACC selections, second most in the league behind only North Carolina.
McCarty, who was named the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year, had an outstanding sophomore campaign as she finished the regular season leading the league in points and goals with 36 and 15, respectively. She was just one of three players in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in points, goals and assists. Even more impressive were her numbers against league opponents in 2009 as McCarty recorded 20 points on eight goals and four assists. Thanks to a two-goal performance against Virginia Tech in the regular season finale, the Laurel, Md., native became the single-season record holder for points in ACC play at FSU surpassing Sanna Talonen who achieved the record with 19 points a season ago. McCarty is already the all-time career holder at Florida State with 31 points in ACC games, while she is tied for the school record with 12 goals and second in assists with seven.
The ACC Offensive Player of the Year award is the second for the Seminoles in the last three years as McCarty joins Mami Yamaguchi, who was honored by the league in 2007. McCarty also joins exclusive company becoming just the sixth player in conference history to earn both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year accolades. She is just the second player in the ACC to win Player of the Year honors a year after being named Freshman of the Year (Lindsay Tarpley, North Carolina, 2002-03).
Edwards was named to the All-ACC first team in 2009, her third career all-conference accolade as she earned second team honors in 2008 and was named to the All-Freshman team in 2006. The Downingtown, Pa., native has started every game for FSU in 2009 and is in the midst of a career season in her final year with the Seminoles. The senior holding midfielder ranks third on the team in points with 16 tallying five goals and six assists.
DaCosta was named to the All-ACC second team in 2009 as the Katonah, N.Y., native has once again been a solid force in the Seminole midfield appearing in 17 games with 16 starts. She has accumulated eight points on two goals and four assists in over 1,300 minutes of action. With DaCosta’s second team selection, she becomes just the second, three-time All-ACC honoree at Florida State joining India Trotter, who earned first team All-ACC accolades in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Pressley earns second team accolades as a defender in 2009. The sophomore from Melbourne, Fla., has started every game in the backline for the Seminoles this year. She is part of a defensive unit that has yielded just 15 goals in 18 games while limiting the opposition to just 58 shots on goal. Pressley finished the regular season with eight points and is tied for second on the team in assists with six.
Price has also had a breakout year posting career-highs in points (31), goals (11) and assists (9). She joins McCarty as two of the three players in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in goals per game, assists per game and points per game. Price’s four game-winning goals is tops at FSU as she ranks tied for second in the ACC. The redshirt sophomore forward has registered seven multi-point performances in 2009 including five games with at least one goal and one assist.
Jaurena is one of just two student-athletes to play every minute of every game for the Seminoles in 2009. In 18 games, the French native has accumulated 1,678 minutes of action in her first season at Florida State. Jaurena ranks sixth on the team in points with nine, while six of her nine points on the year have resulted in a game-winning play. She has been part of the FSU defensive unit that has held opponents to just 15 goals this year.
Krikorian was tabbed the league’s top coach after leading the Seminoles to a share of the ACC regular season title and the top seed in the league tournament for the first time in school history. The Seminole field general led the Garnet and Gold to a 14-3-1 regular season record including a mark of 7-2-1 in the ACC. His Seminoles went 7-1-0 against ranked opponents in 2009 while posting a mark of 5-1-0 against teams ranked in the top 10. This is Krikorian’s second Coach of the Year honor in five years at Florida State.
2009 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Teams and Individual Superlatives
2009 All-ACC First Team
Victoria DiMartino, Fr., Forward, Boston College
Jillian Mastroianni, So. Goalkeeper, Boston College
Elisabeth Redmond, Sr., Midfielder, Duke
Becky Edwards. Sr., Defender, Florida State
Tiffany McCarty, So., Forward, Florida State
Jasmyne Spencer, So., Forward, Maryland
Whitney Engen, Sr., Defender, North Carolina
Tobin Heath, Sr., Midfielder, North Carolina
Ashley Harris, Sr., Goalkeeper, North Carolina
Sinead Farrelly, Jr., Midfielder, Virginia
Kaley Fountain, Sr., Forward, Wake Forest
Jill Hutchinson, Sr., Forward, Wake Forest
2009 All-ACC Second Team
Kelly Henderson, Sr., Defender, Boston College
Kristy Mewis, Fr., Midfielder, Boston College
Gina DiMartino, Sr., Midfielder, Boston College
KayAnne Gummersall, Sr., Forward, Duke
Tara Campbell, Fr., Goalkeeper, Duke
Amanda DaCosta, Jr., Midfielder, Florida State
Toni Pressley, So., Defender, Florida State
Jessica Price, So., Forward, Florida State
Ali Hawkins, Jr., Midfielder, North Carolina
Jessica McDonald, Jr., Forward, North Carolina
Marika Gray, Jr., Forward, Virginia Tech
2009 All-Freshman Team
Victoria DiMartino, Forward, Boston College
Kristy Mewis, Midfielder, Boston College
Tara Campbell, Goalkeeper, Duke
Ines Jaurena, Defender, Florida State
Danielle Hubka, Forward, Maryland
Amber Brooks, Midfielder, North Carolina
Alyssa Rich, Forward, North Carolina
Kara Blosser, Midfielder, NC State
Morgan Stith, Defender, Virginia
Kelly Conheeney, Midfielder, Virginia Tech
Jackie Logue, Defender, Wake Forest
2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Tiffany McCarty, Florida State
2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Whitney Engen, North Carolina
2009 ACC Freshman of the Year
Victoria DiMartino, Boston College
2009 ACC Coach of the Year
Mark Krikorian, Florida State