Briana Campos led the way for the Gaels, earning All-WCC Second-Team honors. Caroline Beaulne and Casidee Lynch earned honorable mention, while Kaeli Schmidt was named to the All-Freshman Team.
“We are excited for these players to be recognized by the WCC,” said head coach Kai Edwards. “They would be the first people to thank their teammates.”
The major awards went to each of the WCC Co-Champions and NCAA Tournament participants. Garrett Smith (POR) was named Coach of the Year, Julie Johnston (SCU) Player of the Year, Amanda Frisbie (POR) Defender of the Year, Erica Owens (BYU) Goalkeeper of the Year and Allison Wetherington (POR) Freshman of the Year.
For Campos, this is her second All-WCC honor, in 2010, she was named to the All-WCC Second-Team after scoring four goals and one game-winner. This past year, her senior season, it all came together as she led the team with eight goals, four coming during WCC action. She concludes her SMC career with 14 career goals.
“Campos returned to the level she was at freshman year and made an impact on the field at all times,” said Edwards. “When a senior takes the time to get better everyday day it is awesome to see.”
Beaulne continues her quick rise in the program, earning honorable mention honors. The sophomore scored two goals with five assists this season, tying for second on the team with nine points. She attempted 28 shots with 14 of those coming on goal. Three of Beaulne’s assists came during WCC action.
“Beaulne upped her level this year and it was exciting to see,” said Edwards. “She is growing into a top player in this league and will be one of the most dangerous wingers in the conference again next year.”
Lynch, also a sophomore, helps to anchor the Gaels’ defense. She led the Gaels in minutes played and was an important part of all four shutouts. Lynch was also one to be called on, on free-kicks and attempted six shots this season, mostly coming on set plays.
“Cassie is the leader of the back four,” continued Edwards. “She is dedicated, passionate and unbelievably committed to her team, defending and preparation.”
Schmidt started all 20 matches in goal for the Gaels. The freshman had a busy season tallying 108 saves which is the third highest total in SMC history. She was also a part of the four shutouts this year as Schmidt appeared in 1731 minutes.
“Kaeli had a year were she learned a lot and grew everyday as a player and a person,” said Edwards. “She played against some of the best in the country this year and improved with each match. With her level of dedication and attention to detail she will challenge for GK of the Year in the WCC in the coming years.”