Nov. 30, 2016
WASHINGTON - Five Georgetown University women's soccer players were selected to All-Northeast Region teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), including four on the first team.
Georgetown plays Southern California in one of two national semifinals on Friday, Dec. at the NCAA College Cup, being played at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be shown live on ESPNU.
The Hoyas, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, enter the weekend with a 20-2-3 overall record. The Blue & Gray won the program's first-ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship and have school records for wins (20), shutouts (17) and goals scored (61) this season.
Junior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry), senior forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity), graduate student defender Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) and graduate student forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame) were all selected to the first team, while sophomore goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA) earned third team honors.
Corboz, who was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-straight year and was selected as one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, leads the team in scoring with 38 points. She is second on the team in goals scored (11) and leads the team in assists (16). Corboz leads the country with 16 assists, is tied for No. 12 in the country in total points (38) and No. 26 in points per game (1.65). This is the second-straight year Corboz has earned first team honors and the third of her career, as she was a third team selection as a freshman in 2014.
Damaska, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, is second on the team with 33 points, including a team-leading 14 goals. Damaska ranks tied for No. 20 in the country in goals scored and is tied for No. 34 in the country in total points (33). Her 14 goals scored are the second-most in a single season at Georgetown.
Paul, a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team pick and an All-Freshman team member in 2012, earns her second NSCAA All-Region honor as she was a third team pick in 2014. After missing most of last season with an injury, she has come back this season and appeared in every game, while helping to anchor a back line that recorded 17 shutouts and was among the stingiest in conference play, allowing only five goals.
Thomas, a two-time All-BIG EAST Second Team pick, is fourth on the team in scoring with 23 points (11 goals, one assist). She scored the game-winning goal in Georgetown's 1-0 NCAA Quarterfinal win over Santa Clara last Saturday. This is her second-straight year being named to the NSCAA All-Northeast First Team.
Schechtman, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, carries a 20-2-3 record this season with a 0.52 GAA. Schechtman was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week after posting her 11th shutout of the season in a win over Creighton on Oct. 31. It was the second time this season she earned that award, the first coming on Sept. 19 after the team's win over No. 1 West Virginia.