CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC women's soccer's junior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas), freshman back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and senior back Aly Gazarek (Aldie, Va./Freedom/South Florida) earned All-America East recognition, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Kadet earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors after leading the league in the saves (105) and saves per game (6.56) during the regular season, tallying her second 100-plus save season in three years with the Retrievers. Kadet ranked as high as eighth in the nation in total saves and concluded the regular season 19th in Division I. The netminder recorded six or more saves in 13 contests this season and ranked third in the conference in save percentage (.808). The award is Kadet's second postseason honor, receiving recognition on the all-rookie team as a freshman.
"I am glad that Lauren has received this recognition," head coach Leslie Wray said. "She was a constant for us in goal and kept us in many games. She deserves this honor and I am very proud of her."
Walcott was named to the America East All-Rookie Team after serving as a key member of the Retrievers backline in 2012. The freshman was one of three UMBC players to start all 17 games this season and tied senior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) for first on the team in minutes played (1557). Walcott was part of a UMBC defense that went from surrendering 41 goals in 2011 to 26 goals in 2012.
"Amira was a player that we couldn't take off the field," admitted Wray." I am happy that the conference recognizes the impact that she makes on this team."
Gazarek rounded out the honors, earning a spot on the America East All-Academic Team for the second straight year. The Aldie, Va., native, who last season became just the second women's soccer Retriever to earn All-Academic Team honors, is in her first semester pursuing her master's degree, after graduating with a 3.89 grade point average in psychology. The co-captain appeared in all 17 contests during her senior season, making 13 starts on the Retrievers backline.
"As our senior captain, Aly has done a remarkable job on the field, but most importantly in the classroom," said Wray. "She is a continuous leader, on and off the field."
Hartford and Boston each picked up three of the league's major awards with the Hawks taking Striker of the Year (Amelia Pereira), Goalkeeper of the Year (Erin Quinlan) and Co-Coaching Staff of the Year (John Natale). The Terriers brought home Midfielder of the Year (Emma Clark), Defender of the Year (Jessica Morrow) and Co-Coaching Staff of the Year (Nancy Feldman). Maine's Charlene Achille concluded with the Rookie of the Year honor.