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
|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.|
|F||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.|
|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.|
|F||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.|
|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.|
|F||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.|