Friday, December 9, 2011
POY Alumni: NSCAA All-Americans
By Eric Snyder
Teresa Noyola, left, was one of four former Gatorade Girls Soccer Players of the Year named an NSCAA First Team All-American.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the Division I All-American Teams today, and both the men's and women's teams are loaded with former Gatorade Players of the Year.
Stanford senior Teresa Noyola, the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year, earned her third NSCAA All-American honor. Noyola, who scored the winning goal last Sunday as the Cardinal beat Duke, 1-0, to win its first national championship, is also one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top player in the country. Joining Noyola as a First Team All-American is Virginia freshman Morgan Brian, the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year. Brian is the only freshman named to the first team. Two other former Gatorade winners on the first team are Georgetown senior Ingrid Wells (2007, New Jersey) and Wake Forest sophomore Katie Stengel (2010, Florida). On the men's side, Andrew Wenger (2009, Pennsylvania), a junior forward for Duke, and North Carolina junior midfielder Enzo Martinez (2007-09, South Carolina) were named First Team All-Americans. Wenger is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy on the men's side.
Named to the second team on the women's side were: Illinois sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo (2010, Illinois), Penn State junior Christine Nairn (2007-08, Maryland) and Florida State junior Tiffany McCarty (2005-07, Washington D.C.). Casey Townsend (2007-08, Michigan), a senior forward for Maryland, made the second team on the men's side.
2007 National Player of the Year Melissa Henderson, a senior forward for Notre Dame, was a Third Team All-American. She was joined by UCLA freshman Abby Dahlkemper (2010, California), North Carolina sophomore Crystal Dunn (2010, New York), Duke sophomore Kaitlyn Kerr (2009-10, New Jersey) and Virginia junior Caroline Miller (2009, Maryland). For the men, UCLA junior Chandler Hoffman (2008-09, Alabama) and Memphis sophomore Mark Sherrod (2009, Tennesee) were named Third Team All-Americans.