The Saint Joseph's women's soccer program was honored for its individual and team accomplishments for the 2017 season at the annual team banquet held at McShain Hall on Sunday afternoon.
Junior midfielder Michaela Finneyfrock was named Most Valuable Player, classmate Taylor Ryan was selected Players' Player honoree. Sophomore Gabrielle Vagnozzi and Morgan Bower were named Co-Offensive Player of the Year with junior goalkeeper Grace Bendon earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. Sophomore Brittany Hartwell-Miller garnered Unsung Hero accolades, while freshman Sofia Filippo was recognized as Rookie of the Year.
Starting all 20 games, Finneyfrock was a key piece to SJU's success on both sides of the ball this season. Finishing fifth overall in points (eight), she tallied two of the Hawks bigger goals on the season, including the game-winner at Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship.
Leading the Hawks in points (17) and tying for the team lead in goals (seven), Vagnozzi has established herself as one of the top offensive players in the conference during her first two seasons on Hawk Hill. Named the A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2016, the starting forward is already tied for fourth all-time in assists (14), ranks 11th in points (34) and became the 31st SJU player to garner A-10 All-Conference accolades.
Appearing in all 20 games, with eight starts, Bower helped pace the SJU attack as she tied for the team lead in goals (seven) and finished second in points (16). Bower, who tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (two), was also the 14th Hawk to earn A-10 All-Rookie Team honors.
In goal, Bendon capped the year tying for the second most wins in a season with 11, and will enter her senior campaign in 2018 fifth overall in wins (19) and tied for fifth in shutouts (eight).
Hartwell-Miller capped her sophomore season starting 20 games, primarily on defense, and added an assist, while Ryan finished sixth on the team in scoring (seven points) with two goals and three assists.
The only rookie to start all 20 games, Filippo capped her rookie season with a goal and assist, while helping stabalize the SJU defensive backline.
Overall, the Hawks wraped up the year with an 11-6-3 record and earned an A-10 Championship berth for the fouth-straight year.
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