Cicala, Patriots Earn CAA Honors

Posted: November 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason head coach Jac Cicala was named co-Coach of the Year to headline the Patriot honors at the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Soccer Awards Banquet in Virginia Beach.

Also honored by the CAA were seniors forward Katy Robertson and goalkeeper Naomi Hines, who each were selected to the All-CAA first team, and sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Coughlin, who was chosen to the second team. Robertson became the third Patriot to be a four-time All-CAA first-team pick, joining Jenn Gross and Jaime Ricker. Hines received her honor for the first time, while Coughlin was a first-team All-CAA selection in 2000.

Cicala, who shared Coach of the Year honors with Hofstra’s JoAnne Russell, led the Patriots to a second-place finish in the CAA standings with a 7-2 record. Mason was 9-10 overall as its tough schedule featured 11 opponents, including all 10 nonconference foes, from the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Cicala, who has an 11-year record of 129-86-16, became George Mason’s all-time leader in women’s soccer coaching victories this season, surpassing program founder Hank Leung (126-58-19 in the first 10 years of the program). This is his first honor from the CAA, but he was recognized as the national Coach of the Year in 1993 as he guided George Mason to an 18-3-2 record and a berth in the NCAA championship game.

Robertson led George Mason in scoring for the fourth time in her career with seven goals, four assists and 18 points. She was the only player to earn CAA Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Hines had an outstanding finish to the 2002 season. Starting and playing the first half in eight of George Mason’s nine conference games, Hines did not allow a goal over those 360 minutes, sharing the team’s three shutouts in CAA play with Coughlin, and posted 20 saves.

Playing generally in the second half of games, Coughlin started three of 16 contests and had a 1.80 goals against average and 51 saves in 799 minutes.

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