The College Report: West Orange’s Maya Hayes is Tops of the Big Ten

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Maya Hayes (West Orange, Jr.) of Penn State’s women’s soccer team is the Big Ten Conference’s Forward of the Year, as well as a first team All-Conference selection. Hayes, who prepped at Newark Academy, has sparked the Nittany Lions offense with 15 goals and six assists. Four of her goals were match winners. Penn State advanced to next weekend’s College Cup with a 1-0 victory over Duke on Friday evening in State College, Pa. Their opponent next Friday in San Diego will be Florida State.

The Ivy League has named Dartmouth’s Corey Delaney (Chatham, Fr.) its Rookie of the Year for the 2012 season. Delaney, a Pingry graduate, was a unanimous selection for this honor and was named Rookie of the Week on three occasions during the season. She started every match this season for the Big Green (13-4), scored two goals and assisted on five, which was co-high on the squad. Delaney also earned first-team All-League at midfield.

Gettysburg’s Eliza Gray (South Orange, Fr.) is the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year. Also a second team All-Conference selection for goalkeeper, Gray, a Columbia High alum, started 17 matches for the Bullets and went 12-5 in those contests. She allowed just eight goals, while stopping 61 shots on goal. She recorded seven shutouts.

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 The Centennial Conference also named Hannah Kronick (Westfield, Soph.) Player of the Year and found a spot on its first team for the Westfield High grad. Kronick, of Johns Hopkins, had another spectacular season, in which she scored 24 goals and assisted on nine others. Teammate Emily Nagourney (Scotch Plains, Soph.) earned honorable mention. A defender out of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High, she scored twice and had two assists for the Blue Jays (18-5-1).

Abigail Katz (Livingston, Sr.), a midfielder for SUNY-Purchase, is an All-Skyline Conference first team selection. Katz, a Livingston High grad, tallied 15 goals (five match winners) for the Panthers (8-10) this season.

Wilkes’ Katy Fissel (Madison, Sr.) is an All-Freedom Conference first team selection at midfield. Fissel, a Madison High grad, led the Colonels (12-5-5) in match-winning goals with four. She had seven tallies on the season, as well as five assists. 

Drew’s Kim Jaikissoon (Maplewood, Sr.) is a second-team All-Landmark Conference selection in goal. The Columbia High grad started 19 of the Rangers’ 20 matches this season, finishing with a 9-8-3 record. She recorded 96 saves, while allowing 28 goals. She also had five shutouts.

Marist midfielder Samantha Panzner (Livingston, Jr.) is an All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference second team honoree. Panzner, who prepped at Livingston High, led the Red Foxes (15-7-0) in assists this season with seven. She also notched two goals. She also earned All-MAAC Academic Team honors. Kutztown’s Samantha Costello (Westfield, Soph.) is an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference third team selection at forward. Costello, a Westfield High product, led the Golden Bears in scoring with eight goals, three of which were match winners. Her four assists were co-high for the team, which enjoyed an 11-6-2 season.

Rider’s Becca Kape (Westfield, Jr.) is a MAAC All-Academic Team selection. She carries a 3.49 grade point average and is majoring in elementary education and psychology.



Colorado College forward Matt Fechter (Westfield, Sr.) shared Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as Offensive Player of the Year, as well as making the All-SCAC first team. Fechter, a Pingry grad, finished the season as the team leader in goals (16) and assists (15). Five of his tallies were match winners for the Tigers (14-5-3).

“Fechter has left his mark on our program and the conference,” said Horst Richardson, the Colorado College head soccer coach. “He was a stud and a star from the beginning. He had an incredible rookie season and became more dominant throughout his career.”

Colgate’s Evan Heroux (Westfield, Soph.) earned All-Patriot League first team honors for his play on defense in the backfield. Heroux, a Westfield High grad, also scored two goals, including one match winner for the Raiders (5-8-6).

Bucknell’s Brendan Burgdorf (Westfield, Sr.) made All-Patriot League second team at the forward position. The Pingry grad had three goals and five assists for the Bison (7-8-5) this season.  

The All-Centennial Conference second team features Franklin & Marshall’s Mike Irving (Westfield, Sr.) and Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Nick Cerrone (Summit, Soph.). Irving, a forward out of Westfield High, notched three goals this season for the Diplomats (12-6), each one a match winner. He also picked up two assists. Cerrone, a Delbarton product, started all 18 matches in goal for the Blue Jays (8-8-2), where he allowed just 19 goals against 100 saves. He racked up eight shutouts.

Montclair State’s Mark Lubetkin (Livingston, Sr.) earned All-New Jersey Athletic Conference second team status in the backfield. The NJAC also awarded the Livingston High grad the David Logar Leadership Award. Lubetkin anchored a defense that allowed just 21 goals in a season that saw the Red Hawks go 19-3-1 and advance to the fourth round of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs, where they lost, 2-1, to Ohio Northern last Sunday.

Earlham midfielder Evan Elko (Summit, Sr.) is an All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference second team selection at midfield. Elko, a Summit High product, knocked in five goals for the Quakers (3-10-5). He also earned HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team kudos.

Washington & Lee midfielder Conor Starr (Summit, Sr.) earned recognition on the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference second team. Starr, a Pingry alum, tallied two goals and assisted on another for the Generals (11-4-3).



The Atlantic 10 Conference honored Richmond’s Chelsea Davies (Madison, Jr.) with a spot on its All-Conference first team. Davies, a Madison High product, racked up seven goals and six assists for the Spiders (16-5).

Bucknell defender Tayler Siegrist (Madison, Sr.) earned All-Patriot League first team honors. The Madison High grad struck for eight goals and managed six assists as the Bison went 9-10.

Stevens Tech back Megan Traub (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) earned All-Empire 8 Conference first team recognition. The Gov. Livingston High grad rang up 12 goals and five assists in the Ducks’ 16-7 campaign.

Also named to the All-Empire 8 first team is Ithaca’s Julia Conroy (Westfield, Sr.). Conroy, a forward out of Westfield High, paced the Bombers (7-11) with 12 goals.

Kean’s Stephanie Soares (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) made the All-New Jersey Athletic Conference first team. The forward out of Gov. Livingston High, was good for a team-high 12 goals this season, as well as four assists for the Cougars (8-11). Three of Soares’ goals were game winners.

Madison Finn (Short Hills, Fr.), a William Smith midfielder, earned All-Liberty League honorable mention. Finn, a Millburn High grad, managed three goals and four assists in her initial collegiate campaign as the Herons went 16-4/

Franklin & Marshall goalkeeper Avery Koep (Madison, Jr.) is an All-Centennial Conference honorable mention for the second straight year. Koep, a Madison High product, allowed just 13 goals in the 17 games she played this season, while stopping 59 shots. She recorded seven shutouts for the Diplomats (18-2).

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