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Raber, Gormley selected to America East all-conference teams
Raber is BU’s first first-team pick since 2009; O’Neill makes All-Rookie Team
October 30, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton women’s soccer landed a pair of all-conference selections for the first time since 2005 when sophomore midfielder Rebecca Raber and junior back Connie Gormley were chosen to the 2013 America East All-Conference Teams. The conference announced the all-star selections on the eve of the tournament, which begins with quarterfinal games on Thursday. Freshman midfielder Katie O’Neill was named to the All-Rookie Team and a trio of Bearcats headed up the All-Academic Team – seniors Emma Kurth, Conor O’Brien and junior Emily Nuss.
“I’m proud of all of our players and these recognitions are well deserved and nice to see,” said head coach Sarah McClellan. “I’m looking forward to continuing to see improvements in each of our players and really pushing our potential.”
Raber was placed on the first team by a vote of the league’s head coaches, meaning she was deemed one of the top four midfielders in the nine-team conference. She becomes BU’s first first-team selection since Amanda Casares earned a spot in 2009. Raber enters the postseason with three goals and a team-best three assists.
“’Ray’ has been a real competitor in the midfield for us this year,” McClellan said. “She wins balls defensively and brings a strong attacking threat.”
Gormley, an All-Rookie member in 2011, was placed on the second team. She anchors BU’s back line in the middle and adds to the attack with her customary long free kicks. Gormley was BU’s nominee for the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year and as co-captain, has played a pivotal role in the team’s run to the postseason.
“’Gorms’ has been our organizer on the back line and does a great job reading the play, winning balls, and getting forward,” McClellan said. “She is able to lead and direct from the back and has been very critical to our success.”
O’Neill made a quick transition to the college game in 2013. She has started 16 of 17 games this season and becomes the third BU All-Rookie selection in the last five years (Gormley in 2011, Jamie Holliday in 2009).
“O’Neill has done very well in her first year and in a new position,” McClellan said. “She is effective in shutting down players and is very dangerous going forward in the attack.”
Binghamton also continued to set the pace on the conference All-Academic Team with a league-best three selections.
Senior Emma Kurth, a co-captain, starter and four-year leader, was named for the second consecutive year. She carries a 3.79 grade-point average in Spanish, and English rhetoric and global culture.
“Emma is our calming presence in the midfield; she is asked to do a lot of the grunt work in front of our back line,” McClellan said. “Her ability to excel in both academics and athletics at this level is tremendous.”
Classmate Conor O’Brien has started all 17 games this season and has five points up front. She has a 3.87 GPA in cell and molecular biology.
“Conor holds the ball for us, creates attacking chances, and covers tons of ground battling for the ball up top,” McClellan said. “She is also our academic captain in that she is academically terrific and has achieved abundant success in the classroom and in her major in preparation for med school.”
Junior midfielder Emily Nuss, also a key starter and contributor in the middle of the field, carries a 3.85 GPA in cell and molecular biology.
“Nuss does a great job attacking out of the center midfield,” McClellan said. “She has the lungs to work on both sides of the ball and she shows the same work rate and top notch ability in a tough major and does exceptionally well.”
The sixth-seeded Bearcats are traveling to Maine to face the third-seeded Black Bears in the America East tournament quarterfinals at 1 p.m. on Thursday. It’s the program’s eighth postseason appearance in the last 10 years.
Binghamton’s All-time First-Team Selections
Rebecca Raber (2013)
Amanda Casares (2009)
Megan Taylor (2004, 2005)
Tatiana Mathelier (2004)
Deli Plourde (2004)
Traci Kasmarcik (2002)
Binghamton’s All-time Second-Team Selections
Connie Gormley (2013)
Sarah Furminger (2012)
Amanda Casares (2007)
Kelly Burnham (2005)
Tricia Reed (2005)
Caitlin O’Shaughnessy (2004)
Traci Kasmarcik (2003)
Lauren Cherry (2002)