By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region awards on Tuesday, November 29th. The Thomas More College Saints led the way with four First Team All-Region selections and one Second Team All-Region Selection. The senior quintet of Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna), Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry), Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County), and Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) were honored.
First Team All-Region
Megan Barton posted 18 individual shutouts and combined on another as the Saints' defense led the nation in shutouts with 19. She also posted 42 saves and had a 0.30 goal against average.
Laura Felix, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year, tallied 17 points on six goals and five assists. She had two game-winning goals and posted a .458 shot on-goal percentage.
Erika LaRosa was second on the team in scoring with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. She had a .414 shot on-goal percentage and scored a team-high-tying five game winning goals.
Taylor Robinson helped anchor the Saints' defense, while also tallying 14 points on six goals and two assists. On the defensive side of the field she and the Saints held six opponents to no shots in the match.
Second Team All-Region
Lauren Rose was third on the team in scoring with 23 points on seven goals and a team-best nine assists. She had a .702 shot on-goal percentage and had two game winning goals.
The Saints finished the 2016 season with their sixth-straight PAC Championship, a 22-1-1 mark and peaked at a No. 3 in the national ranking, which included a return to the sweet 16 or better for the fourth-straight year. The Saints are one of only three teams out of 433 NCAA Division III to achieve this level of national tournament success in four consecutive years. The five are also part of a senior class for the Saints that had a superlative career with an 83-5-5 record and a .919 winning percentage. The senior class only experienced one loss on their home field in their careers.