Four women's soccer players named all-region

Graphic showing Lynchburg's all-region selections: Kara Rombough, Caitlin Mertens, Kennedy Jakubek, and Emily Maxwell.

Kansas City, Mo. -- Four Lynchburg College women's soccer players have earned United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region honors from the national coaching association.

Senior defender Emily Maxwell (Quantico, Va.) and junior midfielder Kara Rombough (Fredericksburg, Va.) were named to the first team, while junior forwards Caitlin Mertens (Succasunna, N.J.) and Kennedy Jakubek (Leesburg, Va.) took second-team honors.

It is the fourth first-team all-region selection for Maxwell, who was also named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's Player of the Year in 2017, along with the league's Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award, an ODAC All-Tournament Team nod, and a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District nod. One of the finest defenders in school history, Maxwell scored one goal to go with two assists in her senior campaign while also anchoring a young backfield that allowed just 20 goals in 24 matches.

Rombough enjoyed a tremendous season at the holding midfield position, which earned the junior a first-team All-ODAC nod.

Mertens led the ODAC in goals (14) on her way to a first-team all-conference selection. She scored the golden goal in LC's overtime win against Bridgewater for the conference championship.

Jakubek led the ODAC in shots (84), resulting in 11 goals to go with a team-leading seven assists.

By virtue of their first-team selections, Maxwell and Rombough are eligible for All-American awards. Those will be announced in the near future.

Lynchburg finished the season with a 20-4 record and made an appearance in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 for the sixth time in program history. The team reached the national tournament for the 11th-straight season and won the program's 15th ODAC championship.

2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women's All-South Atlantic Region Teams

First Team

Pos. Player Class School Hometown
K Nicole DiPasquale So. The College of New Jersey Paramus, N.J.
D Emily Daigle Sr. Rowan University Millville, N.J.
D Emily Maxwell Sr. Lynchburg College Quantico, Va.
D Danielle Pratt Sr. Christopher Newport University Chesapeake, Va.
D Kelly Wieczerzak Sr. The College of New Jersey Wayne, N.J.
M Gabby Gillis Jr. Christopher Newport University Leesburg, Va.
M Jessica Goldman Sr. The College of New Jersey Belle Mead, N.J.
M Kara Rombough Jr. Lynchburg College Fredericksburg, Va.
M Zoe Traficante Sr. Virginia Wesleyan University Chalfont, Pa.
F Riley Cooke Fr. Christopher Newport University Mechanicsville, Va.
Christine Levering Sr. The College of New Jersey Robbinsville, N.J.
F Keri Rager Sr. Bridgewater College Laurel, Md.
F Cassidy Reich Jr. Piedmont College Largo, Fla.

Second Team

Pos. Player Class School Hometown
K Rachel Lemay Jr. Covenant College Apopka, Fla.
D Brooke Adamchak Jr. Virginia Wesleyan University Wayne, N.J.
D Ashley Koester Jr. Montclair State University Marlton, N.J.
D Keiley McCarthy So. Christopher Newport University Clifton, Va.
D Jessie Turner So. Centre College Versailles, Ky.
M Savannah Castles Sr. Piedmont College Cleveland, Ga.
M Julianna Ceballos Jr. Rutgers University-Newark Elizabeth, N.J.
M Meghan Paynter So. Centre College Danville, Ky.
M Darah Wagner So. Rowan University Hamilton, N.J.
Taylor Andrews Jr. Birmingham-Southern College Watkinsville, Ga.
F Kennedy Jakubek Jr. Lynchburg College Sterling, Va.
F Caitlin Mertens Jr. Lynchburg College Succasunna, N.J.
F Shannon Reagan So. Maryville College Tullahoma, Tenn.

Third Team

Pos. Player Class School Hometown
K Shelby Money Jr. Rowan University Vineland, N.J.
D Sarah Brennan Sr. Bridgewater College Fairfax, Va.
D Abbey Dunlop Sr. Piedmont College Conyers, Ga.
D Miranda Lukas Jr. Maryville College Cape Coral, Fla.
D Laura Sullivan Sr. Roanoke College Chapel Hill, N.C.
M Abby Choate Fr. Birmingham-Southern College Tifton, Ga.
M Hannah Clothier So. Maryville College Knoxville, Tenn.
M Averi Faulk Fr. Centre College Crestwood, Ky.
M Isabelle Krider Jr. Bridgewater College Arlington, Va.
Alana Hughes So. Centre College Lexington, Ky.
F Melissa Kelly Sr. Rowan University Pine Brook, N.J.
F Bailey Sipos Fr. Maryville College Knoxville, Tenn.
F Elizabeth Thoresen Sr. The College of New Jersey Colts Neck, N.J.


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