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December 5, 2012

NSCAA Women's Postseason Awards Green with Ivy

NSCAA Women's Soccer All-America Teams | NSCAA Women's Soccer All-Mid-Atlantic-Region Teams | NSCAA Women's Soccer Regional Coaches of the Year

Portions of this story and photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Ivy League racked up numerous awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), highlighed by Princeton senior Jen Hoy's appearance on the All-America second team.

Hoy capped off her collegiate soccer career in style, with an Ivy League title, an Ivy League Player of the Year honor, an NCAA tournament appearance and win and an NSCAA All-America award.

Hoy was named to the second team All-America, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Friday. She is one of 50 players between the three teams to be honored across all of NCAA Division I.

Hoy was among the nation's top goal scorers, finishing with 18 goals to stand seventh in the nation in that category heading into this weekend's College Cup. She is also seventh in points per game at 2.11, fourth in goals per game at 0.947, and 13th in total points at 40.

She finished the regular season with 17 goals, tying a Princeton record for regular-season goals with current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron, who had 17 in 2004 on her way to a school-record 20 in a single season. Hoy's 18th goal was the eventual game-winner in Princeton's first-round victory at West Virginia on Nov. 10, marking the first NCAA tournament win for the program away from campus.

Hoy is the first Princeton player to be named an NSCAA All-America since 2004, when Negron and Diana Matheson, who went on to win an Olympic bronze medal with Canada this past summer in London, were first-team All-Americans. Negron, Matheson and Hoy, all of whom played under Princeton head coach Julie Shackford, are three of eight Tigers all-time to earn NSCAA All-America honors.

Hoy also earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, one of six Ivies to receive the honor. Hoy was the lone Ivy representative on the first team. Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders joined teammate senior Aurelia Solomon on the second team, along with Princeton sophomore forward Lauren Lazo. The third team featured four Ivies, including sophomore Erika Garcia and sophomore Meg Casscells-Hamby from Harvard and junior Chrissy Lozier and senior Emma Brush from Dartmouth.

Shackford was named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year for the third time in her career at Princeton, after 2001 and 2004. Shackford helped guide the team to a 14-4-1 record this season that saw the team win an Ivy League title with a 7-0-0 record. The Tigers defeated No. 21 West Virginia, 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament and were in the receiving votes category in the final national NSCAA poll.