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Thursday, October 31, 2013
MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb freshman forward Ellen Lundy has been named All-Atlantic Sun First Team after co-leading the conference with 14 goals and 31 points during her sensational rookie campaign as announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.
Named to the second team was fellow freshman Carlotta Fennefoss. Lundy and Fennefoss are the first two Lady Bisons to be named All-Conference since the 2008 campaign when Katie Shelton was named to the second team.
“It is exciting to have two players getting first and second team, where in the history of the program there has only been one player that had achieved that,” Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien said. It is a massive step forward in the direction of the program.”
Lundy set single season records for the Purple and Gold in both goals and points. She achieved her 14 goals on just 18 shots on goal and totaled 33 shots. She landed an incredible 54.5 percent of her shots on frame.
“First off, I tip my hat and our collective coaches hats to Ellen,” O’Brien said. “She has put together a terrific season. For the other coaches to recognize her and the value she brings to the team is appreciated.
“I am just thrilled for Ellen. She is just one of the sweetest and most humble ladies you’ll ever meet. Yet she is a heck of a soccer player.”
Lundy notched Lipscomb’s first-ever hat trick in Lipscomb’s victory over Alabama A&M on Aug. 26. She was twice named the A-Sun Player of the Week and earned the same distinction from College Sports Madness three times.
After missing the first five games due to obligations with the Norwegian National Team, Fennefoss became a stalwart defender in her freshman campaign, starting all 14 games she played.
“Carlotta has been indispensable,” O’Brien said. “She has been rock solid. We have had shutouts that she has helped lead and spearhead just through wonderful understanding on how to lead from the back.
“The maturity that she has brought to the team at such a young age is impressive. More importantly, she is another great person. She is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet and the fact that she is a fantastic soccer player just makes coaching a real joy.”
Although she did not accumulate any offensive stats, Fennefoss made life difficult for opposing forwards. She anchored a defensive line that helped set a school record with six shutouts this year.
Named to the All-Freshmen Team was goalkeeper Anna Buhigas along with Fennefoss and Lundy.
“I’m pumped for all three of them,” O’Brien said. “We are the only program besides league champion Florida Gulf Coast to place three on the team.”
Buhigas set a new standard for Lipscomb, completing six shutouts this year. She tied for the second-most shutouts in the A-Sun.
“To be a freshman goalkeeper and to be thrown into a situation that you are the starter from day one, it is a difficult situation to handle,” O’Brien said. “And she has been outstanding.
“She has all the skillset it takes to be a successful goalkeeper. I think every game she has built and gown her confidence and self-belief.”
She played every minute of every game and achieved a save percentage of .817, stopping 94 shots which tied for the second most in the league. She allowed just 11 goals in conference play and stopped a season-high 10 shots in Lipscomb’s draw with A-Sun Champion Florida Gulf Coast.
Sarah Zarazil of ETSU was named the A-Sun Player of the Year while Alexandria Lee of Jacksonville was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman of the Year went to FGCU’s Tabby Tindell, who tied Lundy with goals and points scored. Jim Blankenship was named the Coach of the Year after leading FGCU to its third-straight A-Sun title.