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Five Knights Earn All-MIAC Honors

November 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Abby Wills, Niki Tomita, & Lily VanderStaay

Seniors Abby Wills (#8), Niki Tomita (#10) and Lily VanderStaay (#12) were named to the All-MIAC team.

MIAC Women’s Soccer Awards Press Release

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Seniors Niki Tomita (Redwood City, Calif./Woodside), Lily VanderStaay (Bellingham, Wash.) and Abby Wills (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's) were named to the All-MIAC first team as a total of five members of the Carleton College women’s soccer team earned all-conference honors. This is the fifth time over the last six seasons that the Knights have placed at least a trio of players on the All-MIAC squad.

Additionally, goalkeeper Beth Ashinsky (Jr./Mount Kisco, N.Y./Horace Greeley) and defender Layne Teska (So./Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) received All-MIAC honorable mention.

Tomita, who was chosen as the 2010 conference player of the year, was recognized by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) coaches for the fourth time. After earning honorable mention as a rookie in 2008, this is the third straight year the forward’s name was found on the All-MIAC team. She tallied three goals and four assists this year, raising her career totals to nine assists and 30 goals, the second-highest figure in program history.

VanderStaay, an honorable-mention recipient in 2010, split time this year at midfield and the forward positions. Despite missing some time due to injury, she still paced the Knights with 16 points and tied for the team lead with six goals. She figured in a trio of game-winning goals this season.

Wills earned all-conference honors for the fourth time. She was also named to the All-MIAC team in 2008 and 2010 and earned honorable mention in 2009. She thrived wherever the Knights put her in the lineup this year, spending the first portion of the season limiting the opposition at defender or defensive midfielder, but was moved to attacking midfielder mid-way through the campaign. In this new role, she tallied a goal and two assists and helped jumpstart another late-season surge for the Knights who went 7-0-1 over the second half of the regular-season en route to their second straight MIAC regular-season title.

Ashinsky led the MIAC in both goals against average and save percentage for the third straight season. After pacing her peers in overall performance in both 2009 and 2010, she limited conference opponents to only four goals and boasted a .922 save percentage. She registered nine shutouts this season, tied for third in the conference.

Teska followed up a strong finish to her rookie season with a strong showing throughout her sophomore campaign. One of the most athletic defenders in the MIAC, she had the ability to quickly activate into the attack. She scored the game winner in a 1-0 triumph over Saint Mary’s on Oct. 12           

Linnea Carlson (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) was selected by her coaches and teammates to the sixth-annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team. This group is comprised of individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.