Five Tars were named to the NSCAA All-South Region Teams, it was revealed Thursday. Leading the group were Paxton Sickler and Kathryn O’Brien, both attacking players earning first team honors. Senior defender Megan Block got a nod on the second team, while freshman keeper Kelly Rowswell and sophomore defender Shalisa Crowell achieved spots on the third team.
Sickler, has been one of the most constant threats in the Tars’ offense. The Apopka, Florida native put the ball in the net nine times on the year for the Tars. She also added four assists, for a total of 22 points, giving her the second highest total in the Sunshine State Conference. Earlier in the year Sickler became one of just six players ever to earn first team All-SSC honors four times.
O’Brien, last year’s SSC Freshman of the Year, became an even more dangerous force in her sophomore campaign. The forward ended the year ranked third in the SSC with 21 points on the season. The West Springfield, Massachusetts native was the only player in the conference to rank top five in both goals and and assists, putting the ball in the net eight times, while dishing out five helpers.
Block has been a relentless presence for the Tars on the defensive side of the field. The senior played the third most minutes on the team of any outfield player, seeing 1,569 minutes of action. The Jacksonville, Florida native anchored a defense that allowed only 93 shots on goal through 18 games. Block was also named Second Team All-SSC for her efforts this season.
Rowswell has made an immediate impact for the Tars in net, starting all 18 matches this year. The freshman saw 1,572 minutes, allowing only 16 balls to find the back of the net. Rowswell’s .916 goals against average is the third best in the conference, while she made a total of 63 saves on the year. The Windermere, Florida native held five shutouts through her first season, placing her in a tie for seventh on the Rollins all-time list.
Crowell worked tirelessly along the Rollins back line this season as part of a defense that surrendered just one goal per game. The sophomore totaled 1,582 minutes, seeing the second most action on the team. The Palm Harbor, Florida native tallied one goal on the year. Crowell’s talents on free kicks also helped initiate a number of the Tars’ attacks this season.
Rollins and Nova Southeastern each placed five players on the three teams, to lead all schools. Around the SSC, Saint Leo had four players honored, including three first team recipients, while Barry had three players named.
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2016 NSCAA South Regional Teams