Panthers Earn New England Honors - Demers Is All-American
January 5, 2010
Four members of the Middlebury College women's soccer program were honored when the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) announced its post-season teams. The group helped lead the Panthers to a 14-4-2 record in '09 with a trip to the NESCAC Finals and NCAA Sectionals.
Senior Anjuli Demers (Dracut, Mass.) earns second-team All-American honors after being a three-time All-NESCAC and All-New England selection for the Panthers. She was also named a District I Third-Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) and a Scholar All-American by the NSCAA. Fellow senior defender Jenny Galgano (Wyckoff, N.J.) was a third-team All-NEWISA selection. The two helped anchor a Panther defense this season that earned 11 shutouts, allowing a mere .77 goals/game. Demers netted her first career goal earlier this season in a win over Johnson & Wales, while Galgano scored the game's only goal in a NESCAC semifinal win over Amherst last weekend.
Senior Lindsay Walker (Ridgewood, N.J.), who earned second-team All-NESCAC honors in '07, earned a spot on the second team in '09. She was also a second-team All-NSCAA and NEWISA selection. A tri-captain, Walker was a steady midfielder for the Panthers, scoring three times this season, with markers against Rensselaer, Amherst and an NCAA win over Wheaton. She finished the season tied for second on the team with three assists. Walker finished her career with 11 goals and nine assists for 31 points in 62 games as a Panther.
Senior Margaret Owen (Bozeman, Mont.) earned fourth-team All-New England honors after holding a spot on the NESCAC's second-team as a midfielder. The senior tri-captain started all 20 games for the Panthers this season, scoring goals against Bowdoin, Colby, Wesleyan and Johnson & Wales. She played in 70 games at Middlebury, with 14 career goals over four seasons.
At the back of the Middlebury defense, was junior goalkeeper Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.). She was a first-team All-NESCAC selection, fourth-team All-New England choice, while being named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year. Torch played 95% of the minutes in goal this season, owning a 0.81 GAA with eight shutouts. She made a season-high 10 saves earlier this season in a 2-0 win at Bowdoin, the first of four consecutive shutouts. Torch now has 18 shutouts with a 0.77 GAA over the past three seasons between the posts.