FOREST, Va. - Senior midfielder Maddie Burns (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) has been voted the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete for women's soccer, as the conference office released its awards for women's soccer.
Three Yellow Jackets were named All-ODAC First Team: Senior defender Lexi Mallory (Charlottesville, Va./Miller School), junior forward Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va./Halifax County) and sophomore midfielder Casey Kent (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax). R-MC members of the All-ODAC Second Team were freshman goalkeeper Edye Carr (Clinton, N.C./Clinton) and freshman defender Jules Heuchan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School).
Burns has the top GPA on the team at 4.05.Her major is Business with a concentration in Management and she will earn a minor in Communication Studies. Her academic honors include Presidential Scholarship recipient, the Teo Ruiz and Doug Foard Freshman Achievement Award, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Burns is the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for the NCAA. On the field, Burns appeared in 15 matches with six starts. She tallied a pair of goals, one against Salem and one at Emory & Henry. She helped the R-MC defense record 12 shutouts and allow only two goals during the regular season.
The speedy Mallory started 13 matches in the back for the Yellow Jackets. She anchored the defense that recorded 12 turnovers and gave up just two goals during the regular season: one on a penalty kick and one off a corner kick. Mallory had a pair of assists, both coming in a 4-0 victory over Mary Washington.
Nelson was second on the team with six goals and third with 13 points. She tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. Nelson's game-winners came against St. Mary's (Md.), Salem and Shenandoah. Nelson is first in the ODAC and 19th in the nation in shots per game at 5.63.
Kent was tied for first on the team with four assists and with three game-winning goals. She was second on the club with 16 points and six goals. Kent had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-0 victory over Mary Washington. She registered both goals in 2-0 wins at Eastern Mennonite and at nationally-ranked Lynchburg.
Carr saw action in 13 matches with seven starts, logging nearly 1,000 minutes in the nets. She allowed just two goals during the regular season and helped on eight of the 12 shutouts recorded by the R-MC defense. Carr saved the final penalty-kick attempt by Shenandoah in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament to allow the Yellow Jackets to advance to the semifinals. Carr is second in the ODAC in save percentage at .857 and second in goals against average at 0.637.
During her rookie campaign, Heuchan appeared in 15 matches in the back for the Yellow Jackets with 13 starts. She was part of the R-MC defense that notched 12 shutouts during the season and allowed just two goals during the regular season. Heuchan did attempt 15 shots this season, including three on goal.
Under head coach Jay Howell, Randolph-Macon had a record of 11-2-3 overall in 2018, its highest win total since 2009 and the least number of losses since 1996. The Yellow Jackets were 5-1-3 at home, 6-0 away and 0-1 on neutral fields. R-MC went 7-1-2 in ODAC play and tied for first in the conference standings, its most conference wins since 2009 and least number of ODAC losses since 1997. The Yellow Jackets were the No. 2 seed in the ODAC Tournament and reached the semifinals for the first time since 2000. Following conference tournaments, R-MC was first in the nation in shots per game at 30.44 ad third in shots on goal per game at 14.13. The Yellow Jackets were tops in the ODAC and 10th in the country in shutout percentage at 0.750.
All-ODAC Women's Soccer Awards
ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Maddie Burns, Sr., M, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Player of the Year: Caitlin Mertens, Sr., F, Lynchburg
ODAC Coach of the Year: Dr. Todd Olsen, Lynchburg
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Hanna Randolph, Fr., M, Bridgewater
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Bailey Kratz Bridgewater
Caitlin Mertens Lynchburg
Gabby Nelson Randolph-Macon
Emily Yergin Shenandoah
Hanna Randolph Bridgewater
Kennedy Jakubek Lynchburg
Casey Kent Randolph-Macon
Megan Engeland Washington and Lee
Katie Waring Lynchburg
Lexi Mallory Randolph-Macon
Ann Marie Moffett Virginia Wesleyan
Erin Hoeh Washington and Lee
Chris Martin Roanoke
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Hannah Olds Lynchburg
Marli Hayward Virginia Wesleyan
Caroline Peters Washington and Lee
Sydney von Rosenberg Washington and Lee
Catherine Haufe Bridgewater
Lucy Perry Roanoke
Kennedi Anders Virginia Wesleyan
Caroline Coppinger Washington and Lee
Savannah Cowan Bridgewater
Sydney Ryan Bridgewater
Jules Heuchan Randolph-Macon
Ryan Applewhite Virginia Wesleyan
Edye Carr Fr. Randolph-Macon
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Hunter Collier Bridgewater
Sara Bane Randolph
Alex Davidson Virginia Wesleyan
Anna Pedicone Virginia Wesleyan
Rachel Cooke Lynchburg
Kara Rombough Lynchburg
Jillian Barnard Roanoke
Rebecca Collimore Shenandoah
Cyan Coates Bridgewater
Tate Royer Lynchburg
Erin Flamm Roanoke
Kristen Castle Washington and Lee
Sydney Davis Bridgewater