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

NSCAA 1st Team SOUTH All-Region  
GK Ida Norstrom Fr Nova Southeastern University Oslo, Norway
D Selena Jaimes Sr Saint Leo University Apopka, FL
D Emma Santam ki Fr Nova Southeastern University Naantali, Finland
D Emily Vogler Sr University of West Florida Lynn Haven, FL
D Katie Turner Sr Barry University Las Vegas, NV
M Kinsey Cichowitz Sr Lee University Buena Vista, CO
M Marjorie Boilesen Fr University of West Florida Sao Paulo, Brazil
M Paxton Sickler Sr Rollins College Apopka, FL
M Natalie Melillio Jr Saint Leo University Nutley, NJ
F Kaley Ward  Sr University of West Florida Saint Cloud, FL
F Arielle Kabangu Sr Saint Leo University  Ottawa, Ontario
F Summer Lanter Jr. Lee University Soddy- Daisy, TN
F Kathryn O’Brien So Rollins College West Springfield, MA
         
NSCAA 2nd Team All-SOUTH Region  
GK Paula Forero Sr Barry University Bogota, Colombia
D Caitlin Hayes Jr Mississippi College Warrington, England
D Megan Block Sr Rollins College Jacksonville, FL
D Meagan Newman Jr Lee University Cape Town, South Africa
D McKenzie Bricker Jr Lee University Collierville, TN
M Sara Helgadottir Sr University of West Florida Grindavik, Iceland
M Lauren Kate Carter Fr Mississippi College Tupelo, MS
M Kirsten Reilly Sr University of West Alabama Musselburgh, Scotland
M Beatriz Fernandes Jr University of North Alabama Lisbon, Portugal
F Amanda Traynor Jr Barry University Glasgow, Scotland
F Hannah Christopher Fr Nova Southeastern University Brampton, Ontario
F Katie Waddell Jr Saint Leo University Nottingham, England
F Nichole Poppe Sr Nova Southeastern University Burlington, NC
         
NSCAA 3rd Team All-SOUTH Region  
GK Kelly Rowswell Fr Rollins College Windermere, FL
D Gaylynn Cooper So Mississippi College Jackson, MS
D Bailey Corbin Jr Nova Southeastern University Lampeter, Penn
D Shalisa Crowell So Rollins College Palm Harbor, FL
D Mara DeLuca Sr University of West Alabama Birmingham, AL
M Katie Mitchell So University of West Georgia Newnan, GA
M Margarida Sousa So University of North Alabama Lisbon, Portugal
M Aleah Headley Fr University of West Alabama Tilbury, England
M Maddie Maurice Sr University of Alabama-Huntsville Welland, Ontario
F Kayleigh Patterson Sr Union University  Olive Branch, MS
F TeMia Pride  Fr University of West Alabama Huntsville, AL
F Susana Abundiz Sr University of West Georgia El Paso, TX
F Alexcia Alexander Jr University of Alabama-Huntsville Lafayette, LA