Dec. 20, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) earned Scholar All-America honors when she was named to the second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) when the organization announced its annual honors.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team and be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution.
Doniak holds a 3.38 GPA in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is the sixth Cavalier to earn the honor, joining Gillian Hatch (2003, 2004), Christina de Vries (2006), Becky Sauerbrunn (2007). Molly Menchel (2013) and Danielle Colaprico (2013, 2014) in recognition by the organization.
Doniak was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and paced the Virginia offense this season with 14 goals and 11 assists for a team-leading 39 points. She tied with Shaffer in goals scored on the season and led the team in assists. Doniak set the school record for points in a career (165), goals scored (64) and she is the first Cavalier player to post three consecutive seasons of notching at least 39 points. Doniak also earned All-ACC first team honors for the third time in her career.
Virginia finished the season with a 19-1-3 record and claimed the ACC regular-season championship with a 9-1 mark in conference play. The Cavaliers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, marking the fourth time in the last five seasons Virginia has advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.