Seven Hawks have garnered Atlantic 10 women's soccer postseason honors, conference officials announced on Thursday. Saint Joseph's seniors Paige Bergman, Michaela Finneyfrock and Dakota Mills were named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team, while senior Grace Bendon and sophomore Morgan Bower were selected to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team. Additionally, freshmen Mackenzie Ehresman and Aleksa Peev were named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
One of the top defenders to wear a Saint Joseph's jersey, Bergman has shined at both ends of the field in her final year on Hawk Hill. Topping the A-10 in assists (eight), she has also backboned the Hawks' defense that ranks second in goals-against-average (0.73) and shutouts (eight). Starting every game of her career (82), Bergman will graduate as the program's all-time leader in assists (25) and appear among the single-season leaders in assists three times. An A-10 All-Conference Second Team selection as a sophomore and All-Rookie Team selection in 2015, she is the first Hawk defender to garner A-10 All-Conference First Team accolades.
Bouncing back from a knee injury that sidelined her for most of the 2017 season, Mills proved once again to be one of the A-10's elite scorers. Playing in 17 matches with 15 starts, Mills' flare for scoring came through in conference play as she tallied all seven of her goals in A-10 matches to tie for second in the league, with her 15 points tying for fourth. Named the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year and to the All-Conference First Team as a sophomore after setting a program record for goals (18) and points (41), Mills will finish her career among Saint Joseph's all-time leaders as she ranks second all-time in goals (25), third in points (80) and fifth in shots (192).
An unheralded leader in the midfield, Finneyfrock earns her first A-10 All-Conference honor after helping the Hawks secure the third seed for the A-10 Championship and tallying three goals and a pair of assists for eight points. Joining Bergman in playing 82 straight games, she has helped lead the Hawks to four-straight A-10 Championship appearances, including the 2016 A-10 regular season title, and will cap her career among SJU's top-15 in career points (33).
Playing every minute in goal for SJU this year, Bendon has set new single-season marks for victories (14) and goals-against-average (0.73) in a Hawk uniform. Currently ranked second in both those categories along with save percentage (.815), the two-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Week has also set a new program record for wins (32) and matched the record for career shutouts (16), while ascending to second all-time in goals-against average (1.22).
Tied for the team lead in goals (seven) and tied for second in points (15), Bower has continued the stellar play she showed during her freshman season. Currently tied for seventh in conference in game-winning goals (three), and eighth in goals, Bower is also tied for 10th most shots in a season (57) and already ranks in SJU's top-20 for points (31) and goals (14).
Both the five A-10 All-Conference honorees and the three First Team selections mark the most Hawks to be earn conference honors in a single season.
Making an immediate impact as she scored Saint Joseph's first goal of the season, Ehresman is the lone Hawk rookie to start all 20 games this year. Helping to solidify the Hawks' defense that has helped post eight shutouts and a 0.73 goals-against-average, Ehresman has also recorded two goals and two assists for six points.
Ranking fourth on SJU in goals (four) and leading all newcomers in points (nine), Peev has been a key contributor to the team's success during her rookie campaign. Appearing in all 20 games with nine starts, Peev's 34 shots are currently third most on the squad.
Ehresman and Peev mark the 15th and 16th Hawks to earn A-10 All-Rookie honors.
The third seeded Hawks (14-4-2) take on second seed VCU in the semifinals of the A-10 Championship on Friday at 3:30 p.m at Dayton's Baujan Field.
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