Beauchamp & McMahon Highlight Women’s Soccer All-MAAC First Team
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan seniors Jill Beauchamp and Courtney McMahon were named to the 2009 Women's Soccer All-MAAC First Team as announced at the conference championship banquet on Saturday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Lady Jaspers junior forward Caroline Morse was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team, while freshman goalkeeper Kara Davis earned All-Rookie Team honors. Nine Lady Jaspers received MAAC All-Academic Team recognition for their excellence in the classroom.
Beauchamp, a co-captain from Westerly, R.I., received All-MAAC honors for the third straight season. She started all 20 games in the back for the Lady Jaspers and anchored a defensive unit which posted six shutouts, the second most in the conference. Beauchamp's superb play led Manhattan to a 1.30 goals against average this season which ranked fourth in the MAAC.
McMahon completed her final season in Riverdale with nine points, including two goals and five assists. She was second on the team in scoring and led the team in assists for the second time in her four years at Manhattan. McMahon was also ninth in the conference with her assist total. A midfielder from Bethel, Conn., McMahon will graduate as the Lady Jaspers career assist leader with 24. She started all 20 games this year to increase her four year total to 74 starts, while she also tied a school record with 75 games played.
Leading the Lady Jaspers with 20 points Morse was selected to the Second Team for the second straight year. Morse finished the campaign ranked seventh in the MAAC in goals (8) and points (20). Her four game winning strikes was the third most in the league this season. Morse started all 18 appearances at forward this year.
Davis received the bulk of the work in net for the Lady Jaspers and took advantage of her opportunity. She started all 19 appearances and finished the year with seven wins and three ties. Davis's 1.19 goals against average tied for third in the MAAC. She also posted five shutouts which also ranked third in the conference. The Redding, Conn. native harbored a .765 save percentage and recorded 65 stops.
Manhattan's nine student-athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team were: Jill Beauchamp (Sr.-Westerly, R.I.-Communication), Kara Bucci (Jr.-Newburgh, N.Y.-Psychology), Tracey Colantonio (Sr.-Exercise Science-Cheshire, Conn.), Amanda Fischer (Sr.-Bridgeport, W.Va.-Marketing), Alexandra Konneker (Sr.-Newtown, Conn.-Education), Megan Lavecchia (So.-Pomona, N.Y.-Exercise Science), Courtney McMahon (Sr.-Bethel, Conn.-Civil Engineering), Kristin Spiros (Jr.-Katonah, N.Y.-Psychology) and Laura Thurston (Sr.-Wallingford,Conn.-Government).
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0-scale.