Forsythe, Muntz earn Atlantic East major awards

Forsythe, Muntz earn Atlantic East major awards

LANCASTER, Pa. - Six Wesley College women's soccer players earned All-Atlantic East women's soccer awards on Wednesday

Junior forward Mackenzie Forsythe was named the Atlantic East Offensive Player of the Year, as well as collecting first-team accolades in her first season at Wesley. She led the conference in both points (39) and goals (19), including a four-goal performance against conference competitor Immaculata on Oct. 17. She was named Atlantic East Player of the Week three times during the season and was recently named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Month for October.

In his 24th season, Ed Muntz was awarded the first-ever Atlantic East Coach of the Year honor. Muntz led Wesley to a record of 9-4-2 overall and a 4-1-1 record in the Atlantic East, which is more wins overall and in conference play than the last two seasons combined. Wesley earned the second seed, a first-round bye in the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament and a spot in the ECAC Championship Tournament. This is his first conference Coach of the Year award of his career.

Sophomores Amanda Moccaldi and Allison Backert joined Forsythe on the All-Atlantic East First Team.

Backert was a staple in the Wesley defense, leading the back line and the goalkeepers to a 1.61 goals-against average, good for third-best in the Atlantic East. Backert tallied the game-winning goal against Neumann back on Oct. 6.

Moccaldi, who is a playmaker in the midfield, finished second on the team in assists (5) and added two goals to total nine points on the season.

Senior Sammy Williams and sophomores Emily Caldarelli and Lauren O'Sullivan landed on the All-Atlantic East Second Team.

A captain, Williams paced the Wesley defense to three shutouts on the season. She picked up Atlantic East Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 29, where she played a crucial role in Wesley's 1-0 win over Marymount which helped clinch a first-round bye in the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament.

Caldarelli led the Atlantic East in assists (16). She currently ranks second in Division III in assists per game (1.07) as well as fifth in total assists. She finished second on the team in goals (7), which placed her seventh in the conference. She was named the ECAC Division III South Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Month for September and was selected Atlantic East Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24.

O'Sullivan was a key factor in the midfield. She finished third on the team in assists (4). She scored her first career collegiate goal against Brooklyn on Sept. 19.

As a team, Wesley had the most players selected to the All-Atlantic East teams.