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Six Women's Soccer Gaels Named All-MAAC

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          Release: 11/02/2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Six members of the Iona College women's soccer team were named to All-MAAC teams for their performances during the 2013 campaign. Four Gaels were named All-MAAC Second Team while two were named to the MAAC All-Rookie squad.

Seniors Trista Rivera, Sofia Sanchez and Christina Tesoriero and junior Sali Ayinde were named to the All-MAAC Second Team. Rivera posted a 0.82 GAA and .871 save percentage in all 10 MAAC appearances this season. Her 54 saves in MAAC player were second to Canisius' Megan Tock. She recorded four MAAC shutouts, the second most in the league. Sanchez' three goals in MAAC play ranked eighth overall. She finished third on the team in scoring with the three goals along with two assists. Tesoriero scored one goal on the season, but was the anchor for the Gaels' midfield in 2013. Ayinde was the team's defensive leader among a squad that allowed the second fewest goals in a single season over the last decade and a half.

Freshmen Emily Hansen and Alexa Wagoner were named to the MAAC All-Rookie team. Hansen joined Ayinde on the Maroon & Gold's back line while Wagoner was a staple in Iona's midfield.

Twelve of the Iona's 19 eligible student-athletes were named to the MAAC All-Academic team. Ayinde, Rivera and Sanchez were joined by seniors Leanne Benson, Jacquelyn Gates, Carly Haden, Katie Higgins, and Nicole Paulucci, juniors Safi Ayinde, Samantha Fiorenzo, Gabriella Fuduli and Natalie Murphy. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.

The Gaels completed the 2013 season with a 7-8-4 overall record and 6-2-2 in the MAAC. The 20 points earned in league play were the most in the history of the program. Iona's No. 3 seed in the MAAC Championship was also the highest since its MAAC Championship campaign in 1992. The Gaels' 22 goals allowed were the fewest since 2005 and second fewest in the 15 years.

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