North Carolina’s Amber Brooks and Duke’s Cassie Pecht are’s Players of the Year for upperclassmen and freshman, respectively.  The honor comes as part of the Team of the Season lists for 33 upperclassmen and 22 freshman.

Brooks, a veteran youth national team performer, has been the backbone of the Tar Heels’ team all season, providing vital senior leadership to Anson Dorrance’s youthful squad and serving as the essential midfield cog both as a ball-winner and distributor. She is also the 2nd leading scorer on the team with 7 goals and 6 assists (prior to the College Cup).

The freshman award went to another ACC player, Duke’s Cassie Pecht, who tallied 6 goals and 15 assists from her role in Robbie Church’s midfield.

For upperclassmen, College Cup participants are a strong presence on the First Team. Joining North Carolina’s Brooks in that category are Penn State’s Christine Nairn (midfield), Maya Hayes (forward), Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver and defender Alina Garciamendez, Florida State defender Kassey Kallman and Brooks’ North Carolina teammate Crystal Dunn.

Other First Team honorees for upperclassmen include BYU defender Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, Boston College’s Kristen Mewis, Santa Clara midfielder Julie Johnston and UCLA forward Zakiya Bywaters.

Notre Dame defenders Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro both made the freshman First Team, along with Stanford’s Laura Liedle. Midfielders honored along with Pecht were Penn State’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Raquel Rodriguez and Alabama’s Merel Van Dongen, the SEC Freshman of the Year. Rodriguez hails from Costa Rica and Van Dongen from Holland, to add an international feel to the list.

Abby Smith of Texas got the nod as First Team goalkeeper, with Michele Murphy of BYU, Janine Beckie of Texas Tech, Summer Green of North Carolina and Makenzy Doniak of Virginia honored as First Team forwards.

The full list for both groups is as follows: Team of the Season – Upperclassmen

Player of the Season: Amber Brooks, North Carolina

First Team

GK: Emily Oliver, Stanford

D: Kassey Kallman, Florida State

D: Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU

D: Alina Garciamendez, Stanford

M: Amber Brooks North Carolina

M: Kristen Mewis, Boston College

M: Christine Nairn, Penn State

M: Julie Johnston, Santa Clara

F: Maya Hayes, Penn State

F: Zakiya Bywaters, UCLA

F: Crystal Dunn, North Carolina

Second Team

GK: Haley Kopmeyer, Michigan

D: Ines Jaurena, Florida State

D: Whitney Church, Penn State

D: Rachel Quon, Stanford

M: Morgan Brian, Virginia

M: Aly Miller, Marquette

M: Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois

M: Sarah Killion, UCLA

F: Erika Tymrak, Florida

F: Laura Weinberg, Duke

F: Caroline Miller, Virginia

Third Team

GK: Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State

D: Annie Steinlage, Michigan State

D: Kendall Johnson, Portland

D: Bry McCarthy, West Virginia

M: Daphne Corboz, Georgetown

M: Holly King, Florida

M: Cloee Colohan, BYU

F: Colleen Williams, Dayton

F: Kealia Ohai, North Carolina

F: Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford

F: Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers Team of the Season – Freshmen

Freshman of the Year: Cassie Pecht, Duke

First Team

GK: Abby Smith, Texas

D: Cari Roccaro, Notre Dame

D: Laura Liedle, Stanford

D: Katie Naughton,  Notre Dame

M: Merel Van Dongen, Alabama

M: Cassie Pecht, Duke

M: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State

F: Michele Murphy, BYU

F: Janine Beckie, Texas Tech

F: Summer Green, North Carolina

F: Makenzy Doniak, Virginia

Second Team

GK: Emma Newins, Georgetown

D: Christen Westphal, Florida

D: Hanna Gardner, North Carolina

D: Maya Theuer, Stanford

M: Ashley Meier, Virginia Tech

M: Dani Weatherholt, Santa Clara

M: Mallory Weber, Penn State

F: Taylor Smith, UCLA

F: McKenzie Meehan, Boston College

F: Crystal Thomas, Notre Dame

F: Ifeoma Onumona, California


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