Leone Repeats as CAC Co-Player of the Year
YORK, Pa. – Wesley College's Madison Leone has repeated as the Capital Athletic Conference Field Hockey Co-Player of the Year, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Leone, who shares the honor with Christopher Newport's Belle Tunstall, is the third Wolverine in four years (Brooke Tadlock in 2010) to earn CAC Player of the Year honors.
A native of Dover, Del., Leone led the Wolverines in every offensive category with 12 goals, eight assists, 32 points and four game-winning goals despite missing the first three games due to injury. All three of her rankings ranked in the top five in the CAC. Leone was chosen to play in the Front Rush/NFHCA Division III Senior Game later this month and ranks second in Wesley history in goals (71), assists (30) and points (172), all of which rank in the top five in CAC history as well.
Joining Leone on the first team was junior Brooke Gannon. A defender from Harrington, Del., Gannon finished second in the conference with 20 defensive saves, ranking third in NCAA Division III. Gannon tallied her first career goal with a tally against Cedar Crest and recorded three saves in contests against McDaniel, Virginia Wesleyan and Salisbury. Her 37 career defensive saves in just three seasons is already a CAC record.
Daniels proved to be one of the top goalkeepers in the CAC in just her second season as a Wolverine. A sophomore from Pocomoke, Md., Daniels finished second in the conference with 143 saves and third with an 81.7% save percentage. Allowing just 1.84 goals per game, Daniels recorded at least ten saves in nine games and led the conference with an 84.1% save percentage in league play. Daniels' 143 saves were the most for a Wesley goalkeeper since 2009 when Sarah Johnson made 155 stops.
A forward from Princess Anne, Md., Mears finished second to Leone with seven goals, five assists and 19 points. This included a multi-goal effort and game-winning tally against Wooster in the second game of the season. This is the first time that Mears has received All-CAC honors.
The Wolverines finished the season with a 9-11 overall record and advanced to the CAC Semifinals where they took No.3 Christopher Newport into overtime before falling, 2-1.