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Elin Hansson (L) and Ria Acton (R) were the only teammates named to the first team All-American.
photos courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Earns A Pair of First Team All-Americans

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2 CCA) announced its 2023 Women’s Soccer All-America selections and for the first time in program history, The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer team had teammates named First-Team All-Americans as Ria Acton and Elin Hansson were named to this year First-Team. LR was also the only institution that had teammates named to the First-Team this season.

Acton, a senior from Leicester, England, earned her second All-American honors as Acton was a 2021 second-team selection. Acton finished the season with 7 goals and added 13 assists for the Bears. Acton was also named the SAC Defensive Player of the Year this season.

Hansson, a sophomore from Halmstad, Sweden, earned her first All-American honors as Hansson was named the D2CCA Southeast Player of the Year this year to go along with her second straight SAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Hansson finished the season with 16 goals and 12 assists including six game-winning goals for the Bears in her second year in Hickory. Hansson also joins elite company as Hansson becomes just the 10th player in program history to be named to an All-American Team.

Sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences selected the three D2CCA All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first-team all-region picks advancing to the national ballot. A total of 39 student- athletes representing 29 different institutions filled out the three teams. This is the 17th year that the teams have been selected since the All-America program began in 2006.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.