Nov 1, 2012

UVA's Brian, Miller Named to All-ACC First Team

2012 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Teams Announced
Virginia’s Miller; North Carolina’s Dunn named players of the year;
Florida State’s Krikorian named coach of the year; Duke’s Pecht top freshman

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia senior Caroline Miller and North Carolina junior Crystal Dunn highlight the 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Team, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Miller was selected as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Dunn was named the Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Duke’s Cassie Pecht received Freshman of the Year honors, while Florida State’s Mark Krikorian was voted the Coach of the Year.

Miller and Dunn were both named to the All-ACC first team, while Pecht was a second-team selection. Dunn is one of three three-time All-ACC first-team selections on this year’s list, while Miller is a two-time All-ACC First Team honoree. Wake Forest’s Katie Stengel and Boston College’s Kristen Mewis join Dunn as three-time All-ACC First Team selections.

Miller, a midfielder from Rockville, Md., is the second Virginia student-athlete to be named Offensive Player of the Year since the league split the player of the year award into offensive and defensive categories in 2004. She led the league with 23 points in ACC games on a conference-best 10 goals and three assists, while starting in all 10 games. For the season, Miller owns 32 points on 14 goals and four assists.

Dunn, a defender from Rockville Centre, N.Y., is the only player in ACC history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors twice. After returning to Chapel Hill from helping the United States to the 2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup gold medal, Dunn started the next 11 games and helped the Tar Heel defense to three shutouts, all in ACC action, and yield a 0.71 goals against average. While leading the defense, Dunn also integrated herself on offense and registered three assists. 

Duke’s Pecht established herself as one of the top rookies in the country in 2012. The midfielder from Mechanicsburg, Pa., has started in all 19 games and is tied for the league assists leader in overall games with 11 and posted the second-highest assists total in ACC games with five in 10 games. Pecht is third on Duke’s points list scoring five goals to go along with her 11 assists.

Florida State’s Krikorian guided the Seminoles to their first outright regular season ACC Championship, second overall, and first since 2009 with an 8-2-0 league mark. The eight ACC wins tie the most in program history. Florida State, which stands 16-2-0, started the season with a program-best 14 straight wins. The Seminoles were the consensus No. 1 team in the nation for six weeks and ranked No. 1 in at least one national poll three additional weeks for a school record nine straight weeks. Krikorian earned his 300th career win, a 1-0 victory at Arkansas on Sept. 9. It is Krikorian’s third ACC Coach of the Year honor of his career. He also earned the honor in 2005 and 2009.

The 2012 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship continues on Friday, Nov. 2 with a pair of semifinal matches. No. 1 seed Florida State will play No. 5 seed Virginia in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., while No. 2 seed Maryland and No. 3 seed Wake Forest will meet in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.

The complete 2012 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team and All-Freshman Team are listed below.

All-ACC First Team
Morgan Brian, So., M, Virginia 
Amber Brooks, Sr., M, North Carolina 
Crystal Dunn, Jr., D, North Carolina
Ines Jaurena, Sr., D, Florida State,
Kassey Kallman, Jr., D Florida State
Kristen Mewis, Sr., M, Boston College
Caroline Miller, Sr., F, Virginia
Kealia Ohai, Jr., F, North Carolina
Katie Stengel, Jr., F, Wake Forest
Laura Weinberg, Jr., F, Duke
Kelsey Wys, Jr., GK, Florida State

All-ACC Second Team
Natahsa Anasi, Jr., D, Duke
Aubrey Bledsoe, Jr., GK, Wake Forest
Hayley Brock, Jr., F, Maryland
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, So., M, Florida State
Kim DeCesare, Jr., F, Duke
Becky Kaplan, Sr., F, Maryland
Stephanie McCaffrey, So., F, Boston College
Tiffany McCarty, Sr., F, Florida State
Ashley Meier, Fr., M, Virginia Tech
Cassie Pecht, Fr., M, Duke
Casey Short, Sr., D, Florida State

ACC All-Freshman Team
Makenzy Doniak, F, Virginia,
Hannah Gardner, D, North Carolina,
Summer Green, F, North Carolina
McKenzie Meehan, F, Boston College
Ashley Meier, M, Virginia Tech
Jasmine Paterson, F, Miami
Cassie Pecht, M, Duke
Carson Pickett, M, Florida State
Isabella Schmid, M, Florida State
Emily Sonnett, D, Virginia
Ashley Spivey, M, Maryland

Offensive Player of the Year
Caroline Miller, Sr., F, Virginia

Defensive Player of the Year
Crystal Dunn, Jr., D, North Carolina

Freshman of the Year
Cassie Pecht, Fr., M, Duke

Coach of the Year
Mark Krikorian, Florida State