MILWAUKEE – Senior Sara Travia and sophomore Shelby Namen garnered NACC Player of the Year honors to highlight nine Raider award winners Thursday when the league office announced its post-season awards.
Travia was named NACC Offensive Player of the Year, while Namen was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Rolf Zersen also earned a specialty award as the NACC Coach of the Year.
Seven players total earned all-league honors, as senior Caitlin Liddiard and junior Missy Schultz joined Travia and Namen on the All-NACC First Team. Senior Becca Keller and juniors Mary McFee and Melina Lynn were each named to the Second Team. Freshman Jeray Riffel was also named to the NACC All-Freshman Team.
Travia leads the league in scoring with 19 goals, 46 points and is second in the league with eight assists. A four-time All-NACC First-Team honoree, she tallied 12 goals and four assists for 28 points in 10 league games. She's had a banner final season, also surpassing the program record with 168 career points.
Namen stepped in at central defense this season in place of graduated all-region performer Tori St. Martin and has thrived. Along a back line that also includes Keller at outside defender, Namen has helped the team post eight shutouts and a goals against average of 0.89, which ranks as the lowest GAA in school history, well below the 1.05 the 2011 defense posted. She's started 19 games and played every minute in the majority of those matches.
Zersen collected his second coach of the year after sharing the 2007 award. This season, his squad posted a perfect 10-0 league mark as part of a school-record 16 wins and he has his team in the NACC Championship match for the second-straight season. In league play, the Raiders led the circuit with 44 goals scored (18 more than any other team) and just four goals conceded.
Liddiard has resumed her goal-scoring ways after a year lost to injury, sitting third in the NACC with 11 goals and fourth with 25 points. She hit her stride in league play, tallying 21 points on nine goals and three assists, which is tied for second in the league. The award is the third of her career after being named to the NACC's Second Team as a freshman and junior.
Schultz picked up her first all-league honor after a dominating season in the defensive midfield. She's played 19 games with 16 starts and been a key contributor to the aforementioned defensive exploits of the Red & White. She's also chipped in two goals and two assists on offense.
Keller is the only Raider to have started all 20 games this season. She's played a key role in the team's stifling defense, while contributing to the offense with five assists, which is third in the league.
McFee has taken a big step forward in goal this season, as the undisputed starter, she has thrived. She is second in the NACC with a 1.08 GAA and .813 save percentage. In league play, those numbers improve to a league-best 0.54 GAA and an .857 GAA.
Lynn has made quite the mark for MSOE, earning all-league honors despite making just three games this season. She is the third Raiders to the 20-point mark with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. In NACC play, she came off the bench in all 10 games to score seven goals with four assists to rank fifth in the league with 18 league points.
Riffel has played in 18 games as a freshman, notching one goal and one assist. She's been a key reserve in the attack at both forward and in an attacking midfielder role.