Hopkins Places Three on First Team All-Region
BALTIMORE, MD. – Bess Kitzmiller, Riley O’Toole, and Michelle Santangelo were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, while Kyla Persky and Bailey Monaco earned second team laurels. JHU and Messiah were the only teams to have three players named to the first team. The Blue Jays led the way with five overall selections as this is the second straight season Hopkins has placed three players on the first team. Overall, JHU has produced 58 All-Region honorees. Kitzmiller, Santangelo, and O’Toole were also first team All-Centennial players this season for JHU.
Kitzmiller capped her Blue Jay career with a 12-2-3 record as the Wilsonville, OR native finished with a goals-against average of 0.81 and a save percentage of .778. She also recorded five shutouts this season. For her career, Kitzmiller finished with a 24-3-3 record and ten shutouts. Her 24 wins are tied for eighth most in program history while her ten shutouts rank tied for fifth.
Santangelo had a career year in her final season with Hopkins scoring a career-high 18 goals with four assists for a total of 40 points. She finished tied for first in the conference with 18 goals and her 40 points ranked second in the league. The 40 points rank eighth all-time in team history for a season, while the 18 goals are the seventh most in a season in program history. The West Babylon, NY native scored three hat tricks this season which is the second most in program history.
O’Toole completed her freshman season with 15 goals, two assists and 32 points. She scored seven game-winning goals this season which is the fourth most in Division III. The 32 points are the fifth most by a freshman in Blue Jay team history while her 15 goals tie her for the third most by a freshman. She was also named the Centennial Rookie of the Year.
Persky was a big part of the JHU defense which finished the year with a goals-against average of 0.61 and registered 14 shutouts this year. The junior scored a career-high four points (1 goal, 2 assists) this season. Monaco completed her senior campaign with career-highs in goals (5), assists (8) and points (18).
Johns Hopkins finished the 2017 season with an 18-3-3 record and went a perfect 10-0 in Centennial Conference regular season play for the fifth time in team history. The Blue Jays made their 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight for the sixth time in team history.