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Daniel Lauletta
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Fraczkowski and Grace Earn NSCAA All-East Region Women’s Soccer Postseason Honors

A pair of Wilmington University women’s soccer player were recently named All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Sophomore Morgan Fraczkowski was named Second Team All-East Region, while junior Chelsea Grace added to her postseason award collection by being named Third Team honors.

In a vote by the regions’ head coaches consisting of the Northeast 10, Central Atlantic Collegiate, and East Coast Conferences, Fraczkowski and Grace were a part of 41 student-athletes who were named to three teams for the East Region.

Fraczkowski (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll), who earned CACC First Team honors and was named to the CACC All-Tournament Team, started all 22 games in the midfield for the Wildcats and was third on the team with seven goals and fourth with 18 points. She scored a season high four points with a pair of goals in a 6-0 rout of Bloomfield on Homecoming. She also scored in back-to-back games to end the regular season, helping the team capture the CACC Regular Season Championship.

Grace (Palmyra, N.J./Palmyra), who earned Second Team All-Region honors for Daktonics and was a second team All-CACC and All-Tournament performer, played in all 22 games this season, starting 18 atop the team’s formation. She led the team with a total of 31 points, scoring 12 goals and adding seven assists. She ended the season tied for third in the CACC in both goals and assists, and tied for second in points. Nine of her goals came later in the season, seven of them coming in a span of four games from October 13 to October 23. She scored a hat trick, including the game winner, against Chestnut Hill College, which helped Wilmington to a 6-2 victory.

The Wildcats had a breakout season, winning the CACC Regular Season Championship for the second time in program history and captured the CACC Tournament Championship and the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament for the first time. The Wildcats finished with a 13-7-2 overall record, going 10-1-1 in the CACC.

In addition to Fraczkowski and Grace, the CACC had six other members named NSCAA All-Region. Philadelphia goalkeeper Kelli Kowalewski was the lone representative on the First Team while Denisha Thomas (Georgian Court), Julie Crankshaw (Caldwell) and Renel Dennis (Post) were named to the Second Team. Chelsea Reidell (Philadelphia) and Melissa Benson (Holy Family) rounded out the CACC standouts with Third Team honors.


2012 NSCAA Division II Women All-East Region Teams

First Team:
Kelli Kowalewski – GK – Sr., Philadelphia
Alison Fitzsimmons – D – Jr., American International
Sarah Brochu – F – Jr., Southern Connecticut State
Emily Mongeau – D – Sr., Southern New Hampshire
Jourdan Thompson – D – So., Saint Rose
Sydney Bond – M – Jr., Saint Rose
Aya Noguchi – M – Sr., Franklin Pierce
Gabriella D’Aprile – Sr., Dowling
Kaleigh Roberge – M – Sr., Southern New Hampshire
Carmelina Puopolo – F – Jr., Saint Rose
Caroline Boyce – F – Jr., American International
Susanne Vistnes – F – Fr., LIU Post
Monica Yanez – F – Jr., New Haven

Second Team:
Amy Wheaton – GK – Jr., Stonehill
Ashleigh Berg – D – So., Bridgeport
Denisha Thomas – D – Sr., Georgian Court
Karina Rizzo – D – Jr., LIU Post
Dominique DeFelice – D – Sr., Dowling
Molly Harpster – D – Sr., Saint Rose
Julie Crankshaw – M – Jr., Caldwell
Morgan Fraczkowski – M – So., Wilmington
Suzane Pires – M – Jr., Southern Connecticut State
Amanda Vasquez – M – Fr., Saint Rose
Alexa Niciforo – F – Jr., LIU Post
Julia Colley – F – Sr., Bridgeport
Renel Dennis – F – Jr., Post
Christie Morano – F – Jr., Le Moyne

Third Team:
Nicole Fierro – GK – Sr., LIU Post
Jessica Gerski – GK – Jr., Saint Rose
Chelsea Riedell – D – Sr., Philadelphia
Sara Nagle – D – Sr., Stonehill
Melissa Benson – D – Sr., Holy Family
Daniela Abruzzese – D – So., Southern New Hampshire
Rebecca Wallia – M – Sr., Bridgeport
Sarah Tomlinson – M – Sr., American International
Sarah Boucher – M – Sr., Queens (N.Y.)
Prudence Rydsrtom – M – Sr., LIU Post
Chelsea Grace – F – Jr., Wilmington
Danielle Dion – F – Jr., Merrimack
Ashley Jaskula – F – Jr., Southern New Hampshire
Kaitlin Oldfield – F – Sr., Saint Anselm

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - Kansas City, Kan.