McBane Named Coach of the Year; 7 Players Make All-AMCC

McBane Named Coach of the Year; 7 Players Make All-AMCC

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio­ – The efforts of seven Lady Baron soccer players merited spots on the AMCC All­Conference team with head coach Clare McBane winning AMCC Coach of the Year.

True to form, the senior trio of forward Jordan Byerly, and midfielders Ashley Ruttencutter and Julia Cocozza all achieved First Team All­Conference together. For the past four years, the three have led the team in statistics and spirit. Head coach Claire McBane said the nomination "just makes sense."

Ruttencutter, who made First Team in 2012 and 2013, was the team's second highest scorer, with eight goals throughout the season and second in assists with seven. She tied for first in points with Cocozza with 23. Cocozza, one of the team's co-captians, also led the team in assists with nine and was fourth in goals with seven.

Byerly, who was Third­Team All Conference in 2012 and 2013, led the Lady Barons in scoring, with nine and was third in points with 20.

"All three of them are talented players and together they are exceptional," McBane said.

On the defensive end, sophomore Monica Dawyot and junior Calene Dougherty were named to First and Third Team All­Conference respectively.

"Monica and Calene produced some of the best defensive cohesion that the team has ever had," McBane said. "Their communication and friendship both on and off the field fuels their play and has gifted them with an ability to work together in a very unique way."

Dawyot and Dougherty were the Lady Barons' defensive bulwark, helping the team to four conference shutout, and seven overall.

In the net for the Lady Barons, senior Mallory Garthwaite was named to the First Team for the second year in a row. She had 13 goals allowed for the season, while saving 58 shots, averaging an 81.7% save rate. Garthewait, the team's other co-captain, also finished with four shutouts while directing the team's defense throughout the season.

"Mallory is an outstanding goal keeper and has proven that game after game," McBane said. "She helped to change the face of the women's soccer team and led the team both in net and as a captain the last two years."

Junior forward Hannah Cooke continued to be a standout for the Lady Baron offense, making Third Team for the second year in a row. She ranked second in goals with eight and fourth in points with 18. McBane said she was pleased to have another season with Cooke after losing seven seniors this year.

"Hannah is dedicated and driven. She is a very valuable part of our team," McBane said.

McBane coached the Lady Barons in the program's best season to date with an 8­1 conference record and 13­5­1 overall record. They went into the AMCC tournament in the no. 2 seed and McBane was awarded Coach of the Year.

"I feel very honored by this nomination and I know that it was only made possible because of the skill and dedication of my coaching staff and the talents and efforts of the ladies on my team," McBane said.