PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women’s Soccer Mid-Atlantic Region All-First Team, while sophomore Kim Brandao (Rahway, NJ) earned a spot on the All-Third Team, the organization announced Dec. 8.
Lloyd, a midfielder, earned her third consecutive all-region award, and her second first-team (2001) certificate from the NSCAA. She led RU with 28 points (13 G, 2 A) this fall, earning first-team all-BIG EAST Conference honors for the third consecutive year.
By earning a spot on this year’s first team, Lloyd became the first Scarlet Knight to ever be named a NSCAA first-team all-region selection twice during her career. As a three-time honoree, she now trails only Uchenna Bright in the RU record books. Bright was honored four times during her career, earning a spot on the second team in 1996 and 1997 and third-team accolades in 1998 and 1999.
Brandao, a back, has started every match during her two seasons “On the Banks.” A member of the 2003 All-BIG EAST Second Team and the 2002 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, she scored her first collegiate goal in a 1-0 win at Virginia Tech Oct. 19, and twice was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week this fall (Sept. 22, Oct. 20). This marks Brandao’s first all-region selection.
This is the third consecutive year that Rutgers has received a pair of all-region awards from the NSCAA. In 2001, Lloyd was named to the first team and forward Keri Lages was a third-team selection. Last season, Lloyd was joined by goalkeeper Christine Caldwell on the All-Second Team.
A total of 33 student-athletes were honored by the NSCAA from the Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. As a first-team all-region selection, Lloyd will now be eligible for the NSCAA All-America Team. As a freshman in 2001, Lloyd earned third-team All-America honors from the organization.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team (10-7-5, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) advanced to the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2003 Women’s Soccer Mid-Atlantic Region Teams
All-First Team: Sarah Coughlin (Sr., George Mason); Michelle Biehl (Jr., Villanova); Becky Sauerbrunn (Fr., Virginia); Rochelle Willis (Jr., Princeton); Kelly Hammond (So., Virginia); Carli Lloyd (Jr., Rutgers); Joanna Lohman (Sr., Penn State); Lisa Stoia (Sr., West Virginia); Chrissie Abbott (Sr., West Virginia); Esmeralda Negron (Jr., Princeton); Tiffany Weimer (So., Penn State).
All-Second Team: Megan Cox (Sr., Richmond); Prue Cormie (Sr., VCU); Laura Koch (So., Villanova); Xochiti Piedra (Jr., Navy); Emily Behncke (So., Princeton); Edda Gardarsdottir (Sr., Richmond); Sarah Huffman (So., Virginia); Katy Cross (Sr., Penn); Stacy Finley (Sr., Navy); Jen Parsons (Jr., VCU); Kim Warner (Sr., George Washington).
All-Third Team: Chrissy Dolan (Sr., Villanova); Kim Brandao (So., Rutgers); Mallory Mahar (So., Maryland); Meghan Ogilvie (Jr., Richmond); Lauren Bracco (Sr., Duquesne); Leah Robinson (Sr., VCU); Stephanie Smith (Sr., Penn State); Kimmy Francis (So., Maryland); Laura Johnson (Jr., Villanova); Megan Schutt (Fr., Saint Joseph’s); Taline Tahmassian (Jr., William & Mary).