Mac women repeat as OUA soccer all-stars


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Four McMaster Marauders have been selected to Ontario University Athletics west division women’s soccer all-star teams.

The third-place finishing Marauders boast all-stars in all areas of the field. Cristina Leonardelli (Woodbridge) was a force on defence for Mac. Her selection marks the second consecutive season that Leonardelli made the OUA west division first team. Fourth-year captain Melanie Van Der Hoop (Oakville) earns her third honour on the first team. The speedy midfielder tallied three goals for the Marauders this season.

Goalkeeper Brittany Duffey (Markham) and striker Tara Dawdy (Burlington) round out McMaster’s all-stars, as both athletes were named to the OUA west division second team.

Laurier’s Emily Brown (Waterloo) earned the west division’s most valuable player award. Brown’s win marks the third year in a row that a Laurier player has taken home MVP honours.

The 2011 OUA west rookie of the year was immune to the sophomore slump; she led the league with 15 goals in 16 regular appearances. Opposing defences rarely had an answer for Brown as she registered multiple goals in three games, including a hat trick against the Guelph Gryphons in an OUA west quarter-final.

She was also named an OUA first team all-star.

Brown is joined on the first team by teammates Kelsey Tikka (Thunder Bay), Katie Bishop (Surrey, B.C.) and Krista Cellucci (Mississauga). Tikka earns her third all-star nod on the west division backline. The 2010 OUA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport rookie of the year had another strong season for the Hawks, as her physical presence limited opponents to a paltry 11 goals.

Rookie Katie Bishop was a catalyst for Laurier’s offence. The Surrey, B.C. native adjusted seamlessly to her new team and was a valuable playmaker, starting in 13 regular season matches.

Fifth-year striker Krista Cellucci rounds out Laurier’s all-stars. The Mississauga native scored six goals in her final season in purple and gold and was named to the second all-star team for her efforts.

The York Lions boast the majority of the west division stars with six. Nour Ghoneim (Toronto) leads the pack, taking home the division’s rookie of the year award, presented by Big Kahuna Sport Company. While appearing in 10 games for the Lions, the sturdy striker tallied 13 goals – including two natural hat-tricks.

She tied for third in league scoring and earned a first team all-star spot. Goalkeeper Sarah Fiorini (Newmarket) is a third-time first team all-star. The fourth-year keeper posted nine shutouts and did not allow a single goal until six games into the regular season.

With her are defensive partners and Brampton natives Shannon Wood and Felicia Turone. Wood, a second-year athlete, earns her first all-star nod, while Turone, York’s captain and a fifth-year, earns first team status after being named a second team all-star last season.

Third-year midfielder Rita Keimkah (Maple) rounds out York’s presence on the first team. Keimkah, an NCAA transfer in her second season with the York squad, scored five goals this season. Third-year midfielder Alessia Mattucci (Thornhill) is a second-team all-star.

The UOIT Ridgebacks had a successful inaugural campaign, finishing in sixth place and qualifying for the playoffs. In the midst of making school history, rookie defender Charesse Thomas-Tate (Brampton), rookie midfielder Sara Voisin (Waterloo) and second-year midfielder Sonia Sampogna (Toronto) were named to the second team.

Fourth-year midfielder Alexandra Harris (Dundas) represents Guelph on the first team. Teammate Lauren Hampton (Calgary) is on the second team.

Mustangs Sabrina De Nard (London) and Anna Keller (Bayfield) represent Western on the second team. De Nard and Keller helped the Mustangs to a second place finish in the division.

Western midfielder Jennifer Spinnozzi (Sarnia) takes home the Community Service Award for the west division. The fourth-year medical student has been assistant captain for three years, and still finds time to keep up with her demanding studies and volunteer in London and Sarnia communities.

Siobhan Woodfull (Lakeshore) is Waterloo’s lone all-star and first since 2010.

The 2012 OUA west division coach of the year is Peyvand Mossavat. Mossavat led the UOIT Ridgebacks, a team comprised of 15 rookies, to an impressive 6-7-3 record in their opening season. Mossavat has coached in the OUA for eight years and this is his second coach of the year honour. His first came in 2007 when he was at the helm of the Ryerson Rams women’s soccer program.

From the east division, Queen’s fourth-year midfielder Alexis McKinty (Burlington, Ont.) was a second team all-stars choice.

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