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Two Women's Soccer Dukes Win All-State Honors
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/19/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 19, 2012 -- James Madison women's soccer players Becky Sparks (Laurel Springs, N.J./Paul VI) and Lauren Wilson (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown) have been named to the 2012 All-State Women's Soccer Team.

Sparks, a junior defender, was selected to the All-State First Team, while Wilson, a junior forward, was named to the Second Team. 

Sparks and Wilson are both two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association honorees.

Wilson was JMU's leading scorer with eight goals, while Sparks contributed three assists and was part of a Dukes' defense that recorded five shutouts and a 1.46 goals-against average.

The team was selected by members of the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Following Virginia's Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a run to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16, the Cavaliers took three of VaSID's top honors.

MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Caroline Miller was named Player of the Year, freshman Makenzy Doniak was selected Rookie of the Year and head coach Steve Swanson was voted Coach of the Year.  Radford's Che' Brown was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year.

Miller, the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and the program's first Hermann finalist, set single-season school records with 20 goals and 47 points.

Doniak posted 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points.

Swanson guided the Cavaliers to an 18-5-1 mark and their second conference championship in program history.

Brown, the Big South Defensive Player of the Year, concluded her junior campaign as the program's all-time leader in shutouts (27).  The NSCAA All-Region selection claimed the Big South's and school's single season shutout record with 13.  Brown led the league and ranked among the NCAA leaders in save percentage (.880) and goals-against average (0.63).

VaSID All-State Honors
Player of the Year - Caroline Miller, Sr., Virginia
Defensive Player of the Year - Che' Brown, Jr., Radford
Coach of the Year - Steve Swanson, Virginia
Rookie of the Year - Makenzy Doniak, Fr., Virginia

First Team
D - Tyler Drake, Jr., Radford
D - Kiersten Harpe, Sr., William & Mary
D - Becky Sparks, Jr., James Madison
M - Morgan Brian, So., Virginia
M - Mallory Schaffer, Sr., William & Mary
M - Danielle Colaprico, So., Virginia
F - Makenzy Doniak, Fr., Virginia
F - Caroline Miller, Sr., Virginia
F - Courtney Conrad, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth
F - Becca Wann, Jr., Richmond
G - Che' Brown, Jr., Radford

Second Team
D - Emily Sonnett, Fr., Virginia
D - Molly Menchel, Jr., Virginia
D - Kelsey Mitchell, Sr., Virginia Tech
D - Lauren Stell, Sr., Liberty
M - Ashley Meier, Fr., Virginia Tech
M - Rachel Conway, Jr., Radford
M - Cortlyn Bristol, Sr., William & Mary
F - Shannon Mayrose, Jr., Virginia Tech
F - Lauren Wilson, Jr., James Madison
F - Wendy Acosta, Sr., Virginia Commonwealth
G - Karen Blocker, Sr., Liberty

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