Oct. 31, 2012
FARMVILLE, Va. - UC Davis senior defender Casey Wollbrinck was named to the All-NorPac Conference West Division team for the third consecutive year while senior Emily Mecke was named to the All-Academic team, it was announced by the league on Wednesday night.
The awards, presented to both the East and West Divisions, were given at a banquet held in conjunction with the NorPac Tournament which gets underway on Thursday morning. UC Davis will open the eight-team event with an 8 a.m. (Pacific) game against Davidson.
Wollbrinck, from San Jose, earned distinction on the All-West team after anchoring the UC Davis defense. She was instrumental throughout the Aggie lineup during the regular season, providing key leadership. Wollbrinck showcased that at its brightest when UC Davis posted its first-ever win against Cal on Sept. 30, winning 3-1 after allowing the Bears just four shots in the game.
She has five five points this season, has started all 18 games and capped her regular season by scoring UC Davis' first goal in its key 4-1 win against Pacific on Sunday, a victory that clinched second place in the west and locked up its accompanying No. 2 seed.
Mecke, a forward from Carlsbad, Calif.., is majoring in environmental science and management and excels in both the classroom and on the field. She's scored three goals for UC Davis so far this season and has added a pair of assists. Her 21 shots on goal lead the team as do her two game-winning goals.
Midfielder Lara Kruggel of Cal was named the West Offensive Player of the Year while Stanford's Kelsey Harbin garnered top defensive honors. Liberty's Jodi Murphy and Stanford's Tara Danielson shared the NorPac's Coach of the Year honor.
The Aggies, 7-11 this season, will face Davidson in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. The Wildcats enter the postseason with an 8-11 overall record. They were 5-3 in the East Division standings, securing the No. 3 seed. Finley Amato leads the team with 28 points including 11 goals. Annie Evans has added five while two other players have four each.
Goalkeeper Sarah Fisher, named the east's top defensive player, has 144 saves and two shutouts.
UC Davis' game will be followed by Liberty (No. 1 East) vs. Pacific (No. 4 West), Stanford (No. 1 West) vs. Radford (No. 4 East) and Longwood (No. 2 East) vs. Cal (No. 3 West). The tournament continues through Saturday.