For the second-straight year, Saint Joseph's women's soccer senior Michaela Finneyfrock was named Most Valuable Player at the program's annual awards banquet.
Along with Finneyfrock being named Most Valuable Player, classmate Taylor Ryan was selected Players' Player honoree, with sophomore Morgan Bower recognized as the team's Offensive Player of the Year. Seniors Grace Bendon and Paige Bergman shared Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors, while sophomore Sofia Filippo earned Unsung Hero accolades, and freshman Mackenzie Ehresman was recognized as Rookie of the Year.
An unheralded leader in the midfield, Finneyfrock earned A-10 All-Conference honors and helped the Hawks advance to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship, while registering three goals and a pair of assists for eight points along the way. Matching the program record for career games played (83), she helped lead the Hawks to four-straight A-10 Championship appearances, including the 2016 A-10 regular season title, and capped her career among SJU's top-15 in career points (33).
Earning the start in all 21 games this season, Ryan was a force in the midfield for the Hawks and set new career-highs in goals (three) and points (nine).
Named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team, Bower led SJU in goals (eight) and points (17), while tallying three game-winning goals. In goal, Bendon set new single-season and career marks for victories with 32 and 14, respectively, and tied the all-time shutouts mark (16), while Bergman matched Ryan for career starts (83) and set a new program record for assists with 25.
Starting 20 games, Filippo was a key component of the Hawks' back line and midfield that allowed just 0.79 goals per game to opponents.
Making an immediate impact as she scored Saint Joseph's first goal of the season, Ehresman was the lone Hawk rookie to start all 21 games this year and recorded two goals and three assists for seven points.
Saint Joseph's also celebrated the careers of its seniors - Grace Bendon, Paige Bergman, Michaela Finneyfrock, Dakota Mills, Hannah Racis, Taylor Ryan, and Jessica Volm - for their commitment and dedication to the program.
Overall, the Hawks wrapped up the year with a 14-5-2 record and advanced to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship for the third straight year.
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