Moller Named MAAC Defensive Player Of The Year

Nov. 6, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. - Loyola College senior back Sarra Moller was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and also earned All-MAAC honors with six of her teammates.

The awards were announced at the MAAC Women's Soccer Banquet in Albany, N.Y.

Moller and the Greyhounds open play as the No. 1 seed in the MAAC Championships tomorrow, Friday, November 7, at 11 a.m. against fourth-seeded Canisius. The tournament will be held at Siena in Loudonville, N.Y. The game can be viewed live through

Loyola finished the regular-season with a 9-5-4 record and won its 10th MAAC Regular-Season Championship. Loyola five players on the All-MAAC First Team were tops amongst the conference's 10 schools.

Moller, who was also named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2005, was joined on the All-MAAC First Team by forward Theresa Ferraina, midfielders Christina Gomez and Lea Day and goalkeeper Brittany Henderson.

Loyola back Heather Cooke and midfielder Kelly Farrell each earned All-MAAC Second Team honors.

Moller, who has started all 78 games of her collegiate career, has helped guide the Greyhounds defense to a MAAC-leading 0.42 goals against average in MAAC play. Loyola has allowed only four goals against conference opponents this season.

She also became the fourth Loyola player to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in each of her four seasons, following in the steps of Lynn Tasca (1993-1996), Audra Garucio (1999-2002) and Katie Elliott (2000-2003).

Henderson picked up All-MAAC First Team laurels for the second year in a row. She has played over 1,320 minutes in goals this season and has posted a 1.29 goals against average. In MAAC play, Henderson has a conference-low 0.40 goals against average.

The First Team honors are the first of Day's career after she earned Second Team nods following her sophomore and junior seasons. She has sparked the Greyhounds' offense of late, scoring the game-winning goals in three of Loyola's last four games. Day is second on the team with six goals and 14 points, and she leads the MAAC with six goals during conference action. Day is also tied for 10th all-time at Loyola with 13 career assists.

Ferraina earned All-MAAC honors for the first time in her career after leading the conference with eight assists during the regular-season. She also tops the Greyhounds in goals (8) and points (24). Ferraina, who is listed as a senior but has one more year of eligibility remaining, tied the school record for assists in a season, and she has moved into a tie for ninth all-time -for career goals at Loyola (17).

Gomez picked up All-MAAC honors for the second year in a row, as well, after scoring thre goals and assisting on another this season. Gomez is also tied with Ferraina and Linda Lohsen '94 for ninth all-time at the College with 17 career goals.

Cooke earned All-MAAC Second team honors for the second-straight season after playing a key role as a center back next to Moller. She has also scored a goal this season and continues to be one of the top defenders in the MAAC.

Farrell's All-MAAC recognition was the first of her career. She is tied for second on the team with four assists, and she is tied for third with three goals.

In addition to Loyola's All-MAAC honorees, nine Greyhounds were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team: Ferraina (4.0 grade point average, business/finance major), Day (3.90, business administration/economics), Gomez (3.49, elementary education), Colleen Kinealy (3.89, business accounting), Amanda Meehan (3.33, speech pathology), Moller (3.42, biology/psychology), Rachel Shuck (3.97, biology), Lina Staropoli (3.65, elementary education) and Andrea Toro (3.43, business).

Fairfield's Ahna Johnson was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Canisius' Jim Wendling picked up the Anaconda Sports/MAAC Coach of the Year award.