Nov. 7, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The top-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team had six players honored Thursday at the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2013 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Teams. The Cavaliers led all schools with three first-team selections and Steve Swanson was named ACC Coach of the Year.
Junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and sophomore defender Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) were named to the first team. Sophomore midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) was a second-team selection and senior defender Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va.) was on the third-team. Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Brian earned first-team accolades for the third consecutive season. She leads the conference in scoring with 37 points, tallying 12 goals and a league-best 13 assists. Brian becomes the seventh player in Virginia women’s soccer history to be named first-team All-ACC three times, joining Tracey Kennedy (1987, 89-90), Amanda Cromwell (1988-91), Angela Hucles (1996-99), Lori Lindsey (1999-01), Sarah Huffman (2003-05) and Sinead Farrelly (2007-10).
Doniak was named All-ACC for the first time. She leads the team with 14 goals this season, which ranks second in the conference. Doniak led the league with 22 points (10G, 2A) in conference play.
Sonnett also was a first-time All-ACC honoree after anchoring a Cavalier defense that leads the league in goals against average (0.50) and shutouts (13). Offensively, she has contributed one goal and five assists.
Colaprico was honored for the first time as she earned second-team honors. She is second in the league in assists with nine and ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 19 points (5G, 9A).
Menchel was named to the third team, receiving her first All-ACC accolade. She has started all 20 games at left back for the Cavaliers and is the highest-scoring defender in the league with five goals and five assists.
Stearns was named to the All-Freshman Team after starting 15 games in goal for the Cavaliers. She ranks second in the league with a 0.50 goals against average and is tied for third in the ACC with seven shutouts.
Swanson was named ACC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and becomes the second Virginia coach to receive the honor, joining Lauren Gregg in 1989. This season, he has led the Cavaliers to an undefeated record (20-0, 13-0) and the team’s first ACC regular season title.
Virginia will return to action Friday in the ACC Tournament semifinals at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The top-ranked Cavaliers play fifth-ranked Virginia Tech at 5:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast online on ESPN3.