Women’s Soccer Team Ends Season with CAA Honors

Posted: November 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason senior goalkeeper Sarah Coughlin was selected as the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defender of the Year in voting by the league’s 10 head coaches. The award was presented last Thursday on the eve of the semifinals of the 2004 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

Joining Coughlin with all-CAA honors were seniors Sarah Wilkinson and Allison Cowan, and junior Danielle MacDonald, who each received second-team consideration. Patriot freshmen Jessica Paris and Sarah Fack were both named to the inaugural CAA All-Rookie Team.

A four-time all-CAA selection, Coughlin, a co-captain, posted a 1.48 goals-against average with 64 saves and three solo shutouts. Coughlin, who is working on a master’s degree in secondary education, ranks second in career saves at Mason with 353 and is fifth all-time in career shutouts with 18.25. She made the all-CAA first team for the third time in 2004. She was a first-team honoree in 2000 and 2003 and was named to the all-CAA second team in 2002.

Wilkinson, an education major, led George Mason at the end of the regular season in goals scored (9), assists (6), and points (24), ranking fifth in the league in points and tied for sixth in goals scored and assists, respectively. She concludes her career ranked in the top 10 in the Mason record books in goals, assists, points, and game-winners.

Cowan, who is majoring in English, receives all-CAA accolades for the first time in her career. She made the all-CAA second team as a defender, registering two goals and an assist.

MacDonald, a psychology major who also earns her first-ever CAA award, totaled three goals and was second on the team in assists with five. Her 11 total points ranked third overall.

A talented midfield defender, Paris, who is a civil engineering major, finished fourth on the team in points with 10 after scoring four goals and adding two assists.

Rookie forward Fack, undeclared major, finished the year second on the team in points scored (12) with five goals and two assists.

George Mason played solidly all season for new head coach Diane Drake. The Patriots posted six total shutouts, including four in their final five regular season games, to finish tied for third in the CAA regular-season standings with a 5-2-2 league mark (10-7-3 overall). The fifth-seeded Patriots fell to No. 4 seed James Madison University 1-0 last Tuesday in the first round of the CAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.

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