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Liberty Lands 8 All-Conference Honors; Van Noord Voted Defensive Player of the Year

October 31, 2014
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Holly Van Noord becomes the first player in program history to earn Big South Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Along with claiming the Big South regular season championship, eight Liberty women's players earned all-conference honors, this afternoon, as voted by the conference's coaches. Holly Van Noord headlines Liberty's group of honorees, earning Big South Defensive Player of the Year and becoming the first player in program history to garner the award.

In addition to Van Noord, junior midfielder Brittany Aanderud and defender Maddie Boone were selected to the conference's first team, while senior forward Alanna Dunkle and junior midfielder Rebekah Page picked up spots on the second team. Forward Jennifer Knoebel and defender Jordan Kestel were voted to the all-freshman team, and senior forward Helena Pereira garnered all-academic team honors.

Van Noord picked up where she left off this season after a stellar 2013 campaign. The netminder currently leads the conference in shutouts with eight. She is also first in the Big South in save percentage (.859) and goals-against average (0.65). On Oct. 11, Van Noord earned her 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over High Point. The redshirt sophomore surpassed the previous mark of 20 set by former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12). Van Noord heads into postseason play with 22 shutouts, accomplishing the feat in her first two active seasons.

With her second straight first team all-conference selection, Aanderud leads the Lady Flames in points (16) on four goals and eight assists, this season. The junior's assist total is tied for first in the Big South with UNC Asheville's Amanda Dailor and Radford's Jordan Lundin. In Liberty's 8-0 win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 1, Aanderud set a new program record with 21 helpers. The mark surpassed the previous record held by Nancy (Davis) White (1998-2001). Aanderud now has 23 career assists.

After earning second team honors, last season, Boone continued to be a mainstay for the Liberty defense in 2014. A two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 25 and Oct. 20), Boone helped the team rank in the top 15 in the country in save percentage (.869). The senior captain also helped the Lady Flames lead the conference in shutouts (9), save percentage, fewest goals allowed (11) and goals-against average (0.63).

Dunkle concluded the regular season second on the team in goals (5), tying for third in total points (11). The senior was instrumental in Liberty's 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) for games played Sept. 11-Oct. 22. During Liberty's 8-0 win over UNC Asheville, Dunkle paced the Lady Flames with five total points on two goals and one assist. Dunkle's all-conference nod is the first of her collegiate career.

A constant presence in the midfield, Page's second team selection is the first all-conference honor of her collegiate career. The junior was instrumental in helping the Lady Flames tie a program record with eight Big South wins, this season. Page also chipped in assists during games against Appalachian State and Davidson.

Knoebel is tied for fifth in the Big South and second on the team in assists with five. The freshman is also tied with Dunkle for third on the team in total points with 11. Knoebel executed a couple clutch performances during her first collegiate season, including posting the golden goal in double overtime versus Charlotte (Sept. 4). Three days later, she scored both goals in Liberty's 2-0 victory versus George Mason.

Kestel played a key role as a member of the Lady Flames defense during her freshman year. Along with her effort on the back line, Kestel also recorded a goal off an Aanderud corner kick during Liberty's win over Asheville.

A history major, Pereira holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.96. A three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member, Pereira has a career total of 19 points on eight goals and three assists, collecting all three helpers, this season. A member of the 2011 Big South All-Tournament team, she concluded the 2012 season as the team's co-leader in scoring with five goals.

2014 Big South All-Conference

F:  Kacey Kelley, Sr., Coastal Carolina

F:  Ashley Clark, R-Jr., Campbell

F:  Krystyna Freda, Sr., Winthrop

F:  Shelby Hooe, Jr., Gardner-Webb

MF:  Brittany Aanderud, Jr., Liberty

MF:  Jenny Marshall, Soph., High Point 

MF:  Amanda Dailor, Sr., UNC Asheville

MF:  Samantha Phillips, Sr., Longwood

D:  Alise LeCompte, Sr., High Point

D:  Maddie Boone, Sr., Liberty

D:  Amber Adams, Soph., Coastal Carolina

D:  Jordan Lundin, Fr., Radford

GK:  Holly Van Noord, R-Soph., Liberty

F:  Kara Nay Wade, Sr., Radford

F:  Alanna Dunkle, Sr., Liberty

F:  Caroline Houser, Fr., UNC Asheville

F:  Amanda Spencer, Soph., Longwood

MF:  Sam Patterson, Soph., Coastal Carolina

MF:  Rebekah Page, Jr., Liberty

MF:  Grace Radler, Sr., Winthrop

MF:  Becca Rolfe, Fr., High Point

D:  Kelsey Perrell, R-Soph., High Point

D:  Rylie Johnson, Sr., Coastal Carolina

D:  Ashley Herndon, Sr., Winthrop

D:  Kelsey McDonald, Sr., Longwood

GK:  Krista Chauvin, Gr., Gardner-Webb

Honorable Mention
Addison Abee, D, Sr., Gardner-Webb

Murita Storey, D, Soph., Campbell

Anna Sells, F, Soph., Charleston Southern

Sophie Cobb, D, Jr., Presbyterian College

Heather Muller, GK, Sr., UNC Asheville

All-Freshman Team
Becca Rolfe, MF, High Point

Daniella Famili, F, Coastal Carolina

Jennifer Knoebel, F, Liberty

Caroline Houser, F, UNC Asheville

Jordan Lundin, D, Radford

Shelby Denkert, MF, Campbell

Zoe Conover, F, Winthrop

Sarah Yoss, F, Presbyterian College

Teresa Fruchterman, F, Longwood

Brenna Leftwich, F, Coastal Carolina

Jordan Kestel, D, Liberty

All-Academic Team
Anna Natt och Dag, D, Jr., Campbell

Stephanie Hand, MF, Sr., Charleston Southern

Maddie Phillips, D, Sr., Coastal Carolina

Shelby Hooe, F, Jr., Gardner-Webb

Amy Burch, D, Jr., High Point

Helena Pereira, F, Sr., Liberty

Kelsey McDonald, D, Sr., Longwood

Christy Schofer, MF, Sr., Presbyterian College

Caitlin Annear, D, Sr., Radford

Heather Muller, GK, Sr., UNC Asheville

Megan David, MF, Jr., Winthrop

Attacking Player of the Year
Kacey Kelley, F, Sr., Coastal Carolina

Defensive Player of the Year
Holly Van Noord, GK, R-Soph., Liberty

Freshman of the Year
Caroline Houser, F, UNC Asheville

Coach of the Year
Paul Hogan, Coastal Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Shelby Hooe, F, Jr., Gardner-Webb