By Daniel Whitehead
YORK, Pa.—Having led the Knights in multiple categories this season, Southern Virginia University women's soccer scholar-athlete Lora Palmer was honored as an All-Capital Athletic Conference recipient Wednesday afternoon in York, Pa.
A junior from Alpine, Utah, Palmer was named to the All-CAC Second Team after leading the team in goals, assists and points during the 2013 season.
"We are very happy for Lora and it's a well-deserved honor," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "She has meant a lot to the program the past two years and her contributions both on and off the field have been tremendous. Her quickness and overall athleticism caused a lot of trouble for opponents during her time here and she resembled the kind of talent we bring to the table in this league. Lora was a great leader for us."
Palmer tied for first on the team in goals this season with 12 and distributed the ball well to teammates en route to a team-best eight assists on the year for a total of 32 points. Playing the forward position, she earned 35 shot attempts on the season, including 21 on goal, and had one game-winning goal against Fisher College.
She helped the Knights outscore opponents by a 41-31 ratio for an average of 2.28 goals per game during the season. Her marks also helped Southern Virginia outduel opponents in shots on goal by a 136-122 margin. She earned a season-high four goals against Fisher College on Oct. 11 and scored three against Washington Adventist on Sept. 23. Palmer also had two goals versus Trinity (D.C.) and Penn State Harrisburg.
Southern Virginia posted a 7-11-1 record on the year and went 1-1 at a postseason tournament for NCAA provisional schools in Chicago, Ill., falling to Nebraska Wesleyan in double overtime last Saturday by a 1-0 score in the championship game.
2013 All-CAC Women's Soccer Team
Adria Graham Sr. For Frostburg State
Bupe Okeowo Sr. For Christopher Newport
Emma O'Reilly Sr. For Christopher Newport
Erin Reynolds Sr. For Mary Washington
Samantha Beck So. Mid Salisbury
Clare Chatham Jr. Mid York
Yvonne Latour Sr. Mid St. Mary's
Joy Piirto Jr. Mid Christopher Newport
Tabitha Brown So. Def Salisbury
Quincy Hegeman Jr. Def Frostburg State
Dale Mason Sr. Def York
Jenny Mayo Jr. Def Mary Washington
Sam Rabinek Fr. Def Christopher Newport
Melanie Glessner Jr. GK York
Lindsey Andonian Fr. For Salisbury
Jessica Bednarcik So. For Mary Washington
Stephanie Fazenbaker Jr. For Frostburg State
Lora Palmer Jr. For Southern Virginia
Gillian Sawyer So. For St. Mary's
Jamie Sokolis So. For York
Jenny Gavigan Fr. Mid Salisbury
Kayla Kovalsky Jr. Mid York
Brooke Longo So. Mid Frostburg State
Courtney Mack Sr. Mid Frostburg State
Tina Rader Sr. Mid Mary Washington
Lizzie Weast So. Mid Mary Washington
Abby Johnson So. Def Christopher Newport
Claire Kostelnik Fr. Def St. Mary's
Rebekah Krasinski Fr. Def Marymount
Chelsea McDowell So. Def York
Haley Casanova Fr. GK Christopher Newport
Kelsey Wirtz Sr. GK St. Mary's
2013 CAC Player of the Year: Bupe Okeowo, Christopher Newport
2013 CAC Rookie of the Year: Sam Rabinek, Christopher Newport
2013 CAC Coach of the Year: Dan Weiler, Christopher Newport