Six Crusaders Named to All-OAC Team

Six Crusaders Named to All-OAC Team

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its 2014 All-OAC teams on Wednesday morning. Six members of the Capital University women's soccer team earned all-conference accolades to couple with their tournament championship.

Sophomore Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.)and junior Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) headline the list of six, each having earned first team honors.

Cartmill, a forward for the Crusaders, earned her second consecutive First Team All-OAC selection after possessing a share for the team lead in goals (8) and topping the team charts in assists (8). With those marks, she is fifth in the conference in goals scored and second in assists. Her 24 points ranks her fourth in the OAC and first on the team. Twice the sophomore scored multiple goals, once against Penn State-Altoona in the season opener and again versus OAC opponent Heidelberg University.

Out of the midfield, Fortino had both an offensive and defensive presence for the Crusaders. In her 22 games played, 20 of those she started, she scored four goals and added three assists over the course of the season. Her best game came in a road win against Marietta College when she scored one goal and assisted on two others to record a four-point day.

Junior Mariah Richards is the lone Crusaders player on the second team as a representative on defense. The Canton, Ohio native is now a three-time All-OAC player having been named to the second team in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns. In addition to complimenting a defense that shut out its opponent nine times in 22 matches.

Defense continued to be a big highlight on the honorable mention team. Junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio) and midfielder Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif.) were each named to that list, Quinn for the second time in her career.

Leitch emerged as the clear starter between the posts come mid-September and did not disappoint after taking the reins. She accumulated an overall record over 14-3-1 and recorded seven shutouts this season. In 1612:55 of playing time that spanned 19 matches she allowed just 14 goals, good for a 0.78 goals-against average and a .837 save percentage.

In 21 games, Quinn muscled her way around the pitch to create havoc for opposing attackers who attempted to penetrate the Capital zone. In addition to her physical presence on the field, she added two goals and six assists, offensively.

Rounding out the list of Capital all-conference selections was freshman Shelby Johnson (Brentwood, Calif.), who made a late surge with strong play to be considered. After being banged up early in the year, Johnson came off of the bench to provide an offensive spark than reached its peak over the last two weeks of the season. In her previous five matches, Johnson has scored five goals, including four in tournament play and two in the championship match against Baldwin Wallace. On the year, she tied for the team lead in goals (8) and added a pair of helpers.

All-conference men's and women's soccer honors are based on nominations and voting performed by the coaches of the OAC.  

Off of the heels of their second consecutive OAC Tournament Championship, the Crusaders are currently preparing for their NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in Grantham, Pa. They will take on nationally-ranked Gettysburg College on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. With a win on Saturday, Capital would play the winner of No. 2 Messiah College, the host of the first two rounds, and Brooklyn College on Sunday evening.