LANCASTER, PA – After going a perfect 10-0 in Centennial Conference play and winning the regular season title, six members of the No. 11 Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team earned all-conference honors. In addition, Hopkins captured two of the league’s major awards with the announcement of the all-conference teams this morning.
Freshman forward Riley O’Toole was named the league’s Rookie of the Year and head coach Leo Weil was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. The Blue Jays placed three players on the first team, one on the second team, and two made honorable mention. In addition, Mizuho Obayashi was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Johns Hopkins now has 131 all-conference selections and of the 131, 64 have been first team selections, which is the most in the conference. O’Toole, a unanimous first team selection, is the second Blue Jay to earn Rookie of the Year honors (Ana Bengoechea 2013).
O’Toole has 13 goals and 28 points this season, which are second on the team and third in the league. Her 28 points are fifth most by a freshman in program history, while her 13 goals are fourth most by a freshman in team history. The San Diego, CA native has also scored six game-winning goals this year.
Weil is in his 26th season as the head coach at Hopkins and has compiled a record of 374-115-38 during his tenure. This season, Weil led the Blue Jays to their fourth 10-0 Centennial Conference record as Hopkins outscored conference opponents 32-3 during the regular season. JHU will be making its 13th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and 16th trip overall.
Joining O’Toole on the first team are seniors Michelle Santangelo and Bess Kitzmiller while Kyla Persky was named to the second team. Bailey Monaco and Leslie Bruni were named honorable mentions. Both Santangelo and Kitzmiller are making their debut on the first team after spectacular senior seasons. Santangelo leads the team in goals (15) and points (34), setting career-highs in both categories as well as assists (4). Her 38 points and 15 goals both rank second in the Centennial. Kitzmiller has allowed just 11 goals this season for a goals-against average of 0.75, which ranks second in the league. She also has four shutouts this season.
Persky earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career. The junior from New Canaan, CT has been a vital part of the Blue Jay defense, which leads the conference with seven shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.53. The junior also has two assists this season. Monaco set career highs in goals (5), assists (6), and points (16) this season and is leading the team in assists, while Bruni is a key part of the Hopkins’ defense, which has allowed just 65 shots on goal and 7.2 shots per game.