Nov. 6, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia senior Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) was named the ACC Midfielder of the Year on Thursday as the conference announced its women’s soccer awards for the 2014 season. Colaprico was joined on the All-ACC first team by senior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and junior forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), while junior defender Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) was named to the second team and junior forward Brittany Ratcliffe (Williamstown, N.J.) was voted to the third team.
Colaprico leads the ACC with 14 assists this season, tying the Virginia single-season record. She has also tallied a career-high six goals and 26 points, ranking fourth in the league in scoring. Her 39 career assists ranks second in school history and makes her the active career leader in the ACC. Her All-ACC selection was the second of her career, as she was named to the second team last season.
Colaprico becomes Virginia’s eighth ACC Player of the Year. Lori Lindsey was named ACC Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001. Beginning in 2004, the award was split into offensive and defensive player of the year awards. Sarah Huffman (2004), Becky Sauerbrunn (2007) and Nikki Krzysik (2008) were named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Sinead Farrelly (2010) and Caroline Miller (2012) earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year accolades. This season marked the first year the conference has presented an ACC Midfielder of the Year award.
Brian became the fourth player in school history to be a four-time All-ACC first-team selection, joining Amanda Cromwell (1988-91), Angela Hucles (1996-99) and Sinead Farrelly (2007-10). She has six goals and five assists this season while only appearing in 10 games for the Cavaliers, missing eight games because of international duty with the United States Women’s National Team. Five of her goals came in ACC play, as she tied for fourth in ACC goals, despite only playing in half the contests.
Doniak was named first-team All-ACC for the second consecutive year. She leads the ACC in scoring with 34 points on 13 goals and eight assists and has scored a goal in the Cavaliers last six contests. Doniak also led the league in scoring in conference games, tallying eight goals and five assists for 21 points in ACC play.
Sonnett earned All-ACC honors for the second time in her career, as she was a first-team selection last year. She has started all 18 games as a central defender and leads the Cavaliers with 1,507 minutes played. In addition to anchoring the Virginia back line, she has contributed three goals and two assists offensively this season.
Ratcliffe received the first All-ACC accolades of her career with her third-team selection. She ranks third on the team in scoring with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. Two of her three goals in ACC play were game-winners, including the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds remaining in the 2-1 win at No. 10 Notre Dame.
The Cavaliers (17-1) open play in the ACC Tournament on Friday with a semifinal matchup with North Carolina (12-2-2). Game time at the UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. is 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.