Nine Lady Bobcats Earn MEC All-Conference Honors

Nine Lady Bobcats Earn MEC All-Conference Honors

BRIDGEPORT -- The University of Charleston trio of Ida Garberg, Marlee Coleman and Cassandra Forster, along with Notre Dame coach Mike Shiels, earned top honors from the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its annual awards and all-conference teams.

Garberg, a sophomore from Gjoevik, Norway, was tabbed as the league's Offensive Player of the Year for her role in orchestrating one of the top scoring offenses in the league. Garberg had three goals and five assists on the year for 11 points as a midfielder for the Golden Eagles.

Coleman, a sophomore from Manchester, Conn., was named the MEC's Defensive Player of the Year. The defensive midfielder helped stymie the opposition's attack and helped the Golden Eagles to 11 shutouts on the year. She was also a key link in getting UC's ability to build from the back and link with the attack.

Forster, a native of Vaxholm, Sweden, earned MEC Freshman of the Year honors. She played in all 18 games and made 16 starts in the midfield while talling one goal and three assists on the year. 

Shiels earns MEC Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in four seasons. Shiels directed the Falcons to the MEC regular season championship with a record of 13-1-2. He also helped NDC to its first national ranking in program history and has his team regionally ranked. 

In addition to the individual honors, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. Charleston had five first team all-conference players and regular season champion Notre Dame had four first team selections. West Liberty had three first team honorees and West Virginia Wesleyan had one first team pick -- junior defender Mary Cooper (pictured).

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

2016 All-MEC First Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
GK Sam Shoemaker Notre Dame Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
D Alice Broadbent Charleston Jr. Tamworth, England
D Mary Cooper West Virginia Wesleyan Jr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
D Caitlin de Vries West Liberty Fr. Evans City, Pa.
D Dominique Dosky Charleston Jr. Westerville, Ohio
M Marlee Coleman Charleston So. Manchester, Conn.
M Karla DiJohn Notre Dame Sr. Aurora, Ill.
M Ida Garberg Charleston So. Gjoevik, Norway
M Megan O'Connor Notre Dame Sr. Sheffield Lake, Ohio
M Briella Taylor West Liberty So. Wheeling, W.Va.
F Marieke Kramer Charleston So. Megchelen, Netherlands
F Alexis Manoa Notre Dame Sr. Strongsville, Ohio
F Kaelyn Oskin West Liberty Fr. Butler, Pa.
         
2016 All-MEC Second Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
GK Zoe Zyta Charleston Jr. Listowel, Ontario
D Kiana Brown Concord Sr. Chesapeake Beach, Md.
D Natalie Indermuhle Wheeling Jesuit Jr. Sterling, Ohio
D Maranda Melton Notre Dame Jr. Batavia, Ohio
D Jessica Sobotka Notre Dame Sr. Amherst, Ohio
D Kelci Winters Charleston Jr. New Albany, Ohio
M Cassandra Forster Charleston Fr. Vaxholm, Sweden
M Taylor Harwood Shepherd Jr. Capon Bridge, W.Va.
M Laura Hill West Virginia Wesleyan Sr. Athens, W.Va.
M Regan Stout Shepherd Jr. Williamsport, Md.
M Marissa Zetty West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Grindstone, Pa.
F Katarina Doncevic Notre Dame So. Mentor, Ohio
F Ivey Nucilli Charleston Jr. Fairmont, W.Va.
F Jenny Soegaard-Andersen Wheeling Jesuit Jr. Aalborg, Denmark
         
2016 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
GK Chelsea Hubner West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Plum, Pa.
D Kelsey Hibbs West Virginia Wesleyan Jr. Morgantown, W.Va.
D Alex O'Brien West Virginia Wesleyan So. West Newton, Pa.
D Ashley Warfield Shepherd Sr. Martinsburg, W.Va.
M Jordin Littles Urbana Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio
M Micharae Thompson Concord Jr. Hurricane, W.Va.
F Audrey Barber West Virginia Wesleyan So. Hurricane, W.Va.
F Kelsey Sitka West Virginia Wesleyan Sr. Ottawa, Canada
F Courtney Webb Fairmont State Jr. Martinsburg, W.Va.
         
2016 All-MEC Freshman Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
D Caitlin de Vries West Liberty Fr. Evans City, Pa.
M Cassandra Forster Charleston Fr. Vaxholm, Sweden
GK Chelsea Hubner West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Plum, Pa.
M Abigail Johnson Fairmont State Fr. Vienna, W.Va.
M Jordin Littles Urbana Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio
F Kaelyn Oskin West Liberty Fr. Butler, Pa.
F Shannon Shawgo West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Hopewell, Pa.
F Megan Walsh Concord Fr. Kernersville, N.C. 
M Marissa Zetty West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Grindstone, Pa.
         
Offensive Player of the Year: Ida Garberg (Charleston)
Defensive Player of the Year: Marlee Coleman (Charleston)
Freshman of the Year: Cassandra Forster (Charleston)
Coach of the Year: Mike Shiels (Notre Dame)