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Elin Hansson
Elin Hansson was named both Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Rakes in Post Season Conference Awards

The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) officially announced the 2022 SAC Women’s Soccer All-conference honorees, and seven Bears earned recognition. Elin Hansson earned the SAC Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year while Head Coach Dean Ward received the Coach of the Year award.

Ria Acton, Louise Berg, and Kate Casey joined Hansson receiving First-Team recognition while Neve Duston, Stephanie Figueiredo and Carola Busquets claimed Second-Team recognitions.

Hansson, a freshman from Halmstad, Sweden, scored ten goals and added five assists in her first year on campus, helping her to become just the second Bear to win both the SAC Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors in the same season.

Acton, a senior from Leicester, England, earned first-team All-SAC for the third straight season as the All-American scored three goals and added four assists in her senior campaign.

Casey, a sophomore from Biscoe, N.C. and Berg, junior from Ahus, Sweden, anchored the Bears back line that only allowed twelve goals in sixteen games so far this season. Casey added four goals on the season including the game-winner against Carson-Newman on October 8.

Duston, a senior from Palm City, Fla., earned her second all-conference nod as the senior scored two goals and added an assist while fellow senior Figueiredo, a grad student from Wilminton, Mass., also earned her second all-conference selection. While freshman Busquets earned her first all-conference selection.

Ward won the SAC Coach of the Year award in his first year at the helm. Ward directed the Bears to their 8th regular season SAC title this season, and the Bears have outscored their opponents 34-12 so far this season.

LR has now had 139 All-SAC selections in program history including 66 first-team honors.

The Bears continue their postseason run when they play Limestone in the SAC Tournament semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m. in Charlotte.

First Team
F – Elin Hansson, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Hannah Dunn, Catawba
F – Helen Summerell, Catawba
F – Nellie Bryneus, Carson-Newman

MF – Sydney Jimmo, Catawba
MF – Kasey Hahn, Catawba
MF – Caroline Peters, Wingate
MF – Ria Acton, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Louise Berg, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Kate Casey, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Amanda Chimbima, Limestone

GK – Jeanette Campbell, Anderson

Second Team
F – Tabea Schutt, Limestone
F – Emma Deadwyler, Anderson
F – Addie Henry, Carson-Newman
F – Taylor Youmans, Tusculum

MF – Neve Duston, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Andrea Zwinkels, Limestone
MF – Carola Busquets, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Stephanie Figueiredo, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Kelly Havens, Catawba
D – Sascha Larsen, Wingate
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman
D – Abbie Zander, Carson-Newman

GK – Samantha Aguilar-Hop, Limestone

Third Team
F – Jaidyn Jacobs, Newberry
F- Brianna Garcia, Tusculum
F- Ashton Brooks, Limestone
F- Brianna Ditillo, Wingate

MF – Camryn Woods, Anderson
MF – Felicia Frick, Carson-Newman
MF – Sarah Miller, Anderson
MF – Marianne Ross, Mars Hill

D – Carly Keuffer, Anderson
D – Nicole Cristy, Wingate
D – Rosy Wodhams, Tusculum
D – Nour Noujaim, Coker

GK – Katrine Thisgaard, Wingate

Offensive Player of the Year
Elin Hansson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Defensive Player of the Year
Katie Beck, Catawba

Freshman of the Year
Elin Hansson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Coach of the Year
Dean Ward, Lenoir-Rhyne

Fair Play Award
Anderson

Statistical Champions
Goals per Match: Hannah Dunn, Catawba | 0.79
Points per Match: Hannah Dunn, Catawba | 1.95
Assists per Match: Helen Summerell, Catawba | 0.53
Goals Against Average: Samantha Aguilar-Hopkins, Limestone | .416
Save Percentage: Jeanette Campbell | .911
Shutouts: Samantha Aguilar-Hopkins, Limestone | 8
Team Points per Match: Catawba | 10
Team Goals per Match: Catawba | 3.47
Team Assists per Match: Catawba | 3.05
Team Shutouts: Catawba | 12
Team Goals Against Average: Limestone | .409
Team Winning Percentage: Catawba | .842