Earlham’s Joy Doucette & Hanover’s McCulloch Headline Women’s Soccer All-HCAC Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Earlham College's Joy Doucette (Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and Hanover College's Kaitlin McCulloch (Florence, Ky./Boone Co.) have been named the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players. Doucette, a senior forward, helped guide the Quakers to the school's third-straight HCAC championship and earn the top seed in the conference tournament.  McCulloch anchored a Panthers defense that ranked first in the HCAC this season.

Doucette was an offensive leader for the Quakers all season long, totaling an HCAC-best 33 points this season.  The senior ranked second in the HCAC with 11 goals scored and added an HCAC-leading 11 assists. 

McCulloch, a senior back for Hanover, was a star on a defensive unit that allowed only 10 goals and posted 10 shutouts in 19 matches this season, including only four goals allowed in conference play. 

The HCAC has also announced the 2012 Freshman of the Year.  Rose-Hulman's Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle Co.) earned the award for her efforts during her first season as an Engineer.  Combs was one of the top goalkeepers in the HCAC this season, ranking third overall in goals against (15), third in shutouts (8), and first in save percentage (.875). 

Earlham head coach Shane Meridith has been named the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in his first season as coach of the Quakers.  Meridith led EC to a 12-5-2 overall record and a 7-1-1 record in conference play, claiming the school's third-straight conference championship.  Earlham fell to Transylvania in the conference tournament championship in penalty kicks, ending its season.  This is Coach Meridith's first Coach of the Year honor.

Joining Doucette, McCulloch, and Combs on the All-HCAC team are Bluffton University's Maddie Moore (Sr., Linn Grove, Ind.), Defiance College's Karly Smith (Jr., Parma, Ohio) and Katie Heitkamp (Sr., St. Marys, Ohio), Earlham College's Ikumi Doucette (Sr., Berwyn Heights, Md.), Ryder Comstock (Sr., Yellow Springs, Ohio), and Paige Thomas (Sr., Bel Air, Md.), Hanover College's Tricia Walsh (So., Amelia, Ohio), Manchester University's Katelyn Barta (So., Griffith, Ind.) and Emily Willmann (So., Montpelier, Ind.), Rose-Hulman's Nicky Wheeler (So., Avon, Ind.) and Katie DeMoss (Fr., Martinsville, Ind.), and Transylvania University's Alyssa Kruse (So., Lexington, Ky.), Ashley Cobane (Sr., Nicholasville, Ky.), and Anne Marie Dumaine (Jr., California, Ky.).

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Joy Doucette, Earlham College

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Kaitlin McCulloch, Hanover College

Freshman of the Year: Lucinda Combs, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Coach of the Year: Shane Meridith, Earlham College

All-HCAC

Maddie Moore

Bluffton

Senior

Midfield

Linn Grove, Ind./South Adams

Karly Smith

Defiance

Junior

Forward

Parma, Ohio/H.S.

Katie Heitkamp

Defiance

Senior

Back

St. Marys, Ohio/Memorial

Joy Doucette

Earlham

Senior

Forward

Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

Ryder Comstock

Earlham

Senior

Forward

Yellow Springs, Ohio/H.S.

Ikumi Doucette

Earlham

Senior

Midfield

Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

Paige Thomas

Earlham

Senior

Back

Bel Air, Md./Baltimore Friends

Tricia Walsh

Hanover

Sophomore

Forward

Amelia, Ohio/McNicholas

Kaitlin McCulloch

Hanover

Senior

Back

Florence, Ky./Boone Co.

Katelyn Barta

Manchester

Sophomore

Forward

Griffith, Ind./H.S.

Emily Willmann

Manchester

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Montpelier, Ind./Blackford

Nicky Wheeler

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Midfield

Avon, Ind./H.S.

Katie DeMoss

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

Midfield

Martinsville, Ind./Roncalli

Lucinda Combs

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

Goalkeeper

Danville, Ky./Boyle Co.

Alyssa Kruse

Transylvania

Sophomore

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek

Ashley Cobane

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Nicholasville, Ky./W. Jessamine

Anne Marie Dumaine

Transylvania

Junior

Back

California, Ky./Campbell Co.

Second Team All-HCAC

Wynne O'Neal

Anderson

Sophomore

Midfield

Paragon, Ind./Martinsville

Page Martin

Anderson

Sophomore

Back

Vincennes, Ind./H.S.

Laura Fish

Bluffton

Freshman

Midfield

Findlay, Ohio/Liberty-Benton

Aimee Whitmer

Bluffton

Junior

Back

Grand Rapids, Ohio/Otsego

Bibiana Parra

Defiance

Junior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

Lindsay Bubnick

Defiance

Sophomore

Midfield

Vandalia, Ohio/Butler

Claire Murphy

Earlham

Junior

Back

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Canterbury

Cate Simmermaker

Earlham

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual

Annie Frodeman

Earlham

Junior

Back

Denton, Tex./Guyer

Danielle Owens

Franklin

Sophomore

Back

New Palestine, Ind./H.S.

Ali Norton

Franklin

Sophomore

Back

Hartford City, Ind./Blackford

Rachel Alvis

Hanover

Freshman

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Shannon Grueter

Hanover

Senior

Back

Cincinnati, Ohio/Reading

Sara Barker

Manchester

Senior

Back

Goshen, Ind./H.S.

Allison Rowe

Manchester

Freshman

Back

La Quinta, Cali./H.S.

Lauren Bishnow

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

Back

Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne

Shelbi Benzinger

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Goalkeeper

Covington, Ky./Scott

Hayley Gilliam

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

Midfield

Zionsville, Ind./H.S.

Mallory McDevitt

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

Back

Wapakoneta, Ohio/H.S.

Amy Ghibaudy

Transylvania

Junior

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Catholic

Michelle Schroeck

Transylvania

Junior

Midfield

Fairfield, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick

 HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Kasey Sykes

Anderson

Freshman

Midfield

Matthews, Ind.

Kirsten Egts

Bluffton

Senior

Midfield

Rawson, Ohio

Bibiana Parra

Defiance

Junior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind.

Shannon Pratt-Harrington

Earlham

Sophomore

Midfield

Albany, Ohio

Natalie Downs

Franklin

Senior

Forward

Westfield, Ind.

Jennie Dumaine

Hanover

Senior

Midfield

California, Ky./Campbell Co.

Amber Oster

Manchester

Sophomore

Midfield

Waterloo, Ind./DeKalb

Kayla Cornette

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Midfield

Georgetown, Ohio

Cassie Cox

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

Louisville, Ky.

Lexie DeCamp

Transylvania

Junior

Back

Waynesville, Ohio/Springboro