Four Broncs Honored by MAAC

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Release: November 02, 2013
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Kelsh and Meier All-MAAC
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Women’s College Soccer

Four Broncs Honored by MAAC

Rider in Semifinals Sunday vs. #1 Monmouth

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA—As the Rider University women’s soccer team prepares for its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinal game against the top seed, Monmouth, four of its members were recognized for their outstanding regular season accomplishments.

Senior Jennifer Meier (Sayville, NY/St. Anthony’s) and freshman Hollie Kelsh (Lancashire, England/Sandbach) were named to the Second Team All-MAAC at the tournament awards dinner Saturday night.

“It is nice for them both to receive this recognition from the MAAC coaches,” said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome.

Kelsh, freshman Priscilla Santos (Glendora, Calif./Glendora) and freshman Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

Meier ranks second in the MAAC in points per game (1.38), third in goals (9) and ninth in assists per game (4 in 16 games). Meier ranks third in career goals (27) and fourth in career points (67) at Rider.

“Jenn will go down as one of the best players in Rider soccer history,” Hounsome said. Meier was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team for the third straight year.

Kelsh leads Rider in assists with five, fifth most in the MAAC, and is second on the Rider team in points with nine.

“Hollie is dangerous attacking from midfield and has the potential to follow in Jenn's footsteps here at Rider, scoring some quality goals,” Hounsome said.

Santos compiled three goals and an assist for seven points in the10 conference games, including the game-winning goal in the victory over Fairfield.  “Priscilla scored a couple of big goals for us this year so it is great to see her recognized by the MAAC,” Hounsome said. “We moved her into a more defensive position recently so she has been limited in her offensive opportunities but as a strong attack-minded personality she naturally knows how to score.”

Howard played in all 17 games for Rider, starting eight. Rider won five of the eight games Howard started. Howard compiled 40 saves this year, including one on a penalty kick in a 1-0 victory over Temple.

Named to the MAAC All-Academic team were junior Kristen Clarke (Mastic, NY/Eastport South Manor), junior Daisy Allen (Portsmouth, England/Bristol Academy), sophomore Tara Ballay (Delran, NJ/Delran), junior Becca Kape (Westfield, NJ/Westfield), senior Jody Sokol (Bensalem, PA/Bensalem) and senior Carolyn Wiley (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape).

On Sundayat 11am Rider plays Monmouth on ESPN3 in the semifinals.  “Once you get to the semifinals anything can happen,” Hounsome said.

Rider has now reached the MAAC semifinals five times, the last time in 2010, and reached the finals twice, in 2002 and 2004, both times losing to Loyola in the Title Game.

The Broncs lost 3-0 at Monmouth this year. Rider and Monmouth tied 1-1 last year, also at Monmouth.

Rider and Monmouth have met 12 times since the series began in 1999, with the Hawks holding a 7-2-3 advantage in the series. The last time Rider defeated the Hawks was 2003.

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