Adelphi’s Gomez named ‘Player of the Year’

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Laura Gomez highlighted four members of the Adelphi University women’s soccer team being named 2015 Division II Conference Commissioners Association East Region First Team selections by earning the region’s Player of the Year honor.

Joing Gomez on the First Team squad are teammates Victoria Antonino, Taylor Groth, and Taylor Salmon. The four headline a list of 13 student-athletes named to the First Team All-Region team in voting conducted among sports information directors at NCAA Division II institutions that are members of the Central Atlantic Collegiate, East Coast and Northeast 10 Conferences. An additional 13 members were named to the Second Team.

Gomez earned Player of the Year accolades by scoring a team-high 12 goals that ranked her first in the Northeast-10 Conference and 45th in the country. Also named Player of the Year for the NE-10, Gomez posted seven game-winning goals throughout the season to rank first in the league and seventh in the country. The junior forward also posted four assists to total 28 points, third most in the conference as well as 55th best in the NCAA.

Antonino lands on the First Team from her midfield position where she was also named a First Team All-Conference member. The Howard Beach native finished tied for fourth on the team with 12 points behind five goals and two assists. One of her five goals was the double overtime game-winner against Merrimack in a 2-1 decision that helped lift the Panthers to the NE-10 Championship Final.

Earning the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Groth helped the defense to the 19th best goals-against average of 0.61 to opponents while also allowing just 7.9 shots per-game. The defender scored her lone goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Saint Michael’s on September 19. In her career, Groth started all 84 of her appearances.

Rounding out the quartet is Salmon who earned the NE-10 Championship MVP award after helping the defense allow just one goal throughout three games that included a double overtime semifinal against Merrimack. The defender added three goals and two assists during the season that included all three of her goals coming during a four-game span.

A total of 15 institutions are represented on the 2015 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-East Region Women’s Soccer First or Second Teams.

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