Cartmill, Fortino Named All-Great Lakes Region by NSCAA

Cartmill, Fortino Named All-Great Lakes Region by NSCAA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two members of the Capital University women's soccer team have been named to the Great Lakes All-Region team. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) made the announcement on Wednesday, honoring 38 Division III student-athletes, including Capital's Maura Fortino and Becca Cartmill.

Cartmill and Fortino were both named Second Team All-Great Lakes after a season in which they helped the Crusaders to its second consecutive OAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Capital went on to defeat then-No. 19 Gettysburg College in the first round via penalty kicks before their run ended versus No. 2 Messiah College, which was eliminated in the semifinals.

Cartmill, a sophomore from Temecula, Calif., held a share for the team lead and placed sixth in the conference with eight goals on the year. She added eight assists, good for third-most in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Cartmill's 24 points over the course of the season ranked her fourth in the OAC.

In her junior campaign, Fortino set new career highs in goals scored (4), assists (3), shots (32) and shots on goal (22) as her role expanded for the Crusaders. The Philadelphia, Pa. native hit the game-winning penalty kick that propelled Capital into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Her best single-day performance came against Marietta College when she went off for one goal and two assists en route to being named the OAC Player of the Week.

Cartmill and Fortino were both named First Team All-OAC selections prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.

"I am really proud of Becca [Cartmill] and Maura [Fortino]," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Earning NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors is very well-deserved for the amount of work and effort they put into our program's success.  It is also a great compliment to every player in our program that they were able to help them both attain a level which garnered the attention of the NSCAA."

For Cartmill, this marks the second time in her career that she has been named to an all-region team. Last year as a freshman, she was selected to All-Great Lakes third team honors.

A total of seven representatives honored on the list of 38 student-athletes selected stem from OAC teams.