Barnhart Named to VaSID First Team
Senior joins 11 other players on the University Division First Team
April 26, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech senior midfielder Emily Barnhart (Columbus, Ohio) has been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors' (VaSID) All-State First Team. The Hokies' career leader in goals, assists, points and shots was one of 12 players named on the University Division first team. Ten players comprised the second team.

"Emily is absolutely deserving of this award. She really demonstrated all throughout her senior year that she is one of the top players in the state," said head coach Kelly Cagle. "We're going to miss her leadership on and off the field. This is a great honor as our program continues to grow. There are a slew of schools in the state that are the caliber we are looking to develop into, and Emily's honor shows that we have the types of players that can compete with anyone in the state."

Barnhart led the Hokies in goals for the second consecutive season, scoring a career high nine in 2003. She also added an assist for 19 points to rank second on the team. A prolific offensive threat throughout her career, she became the Hokies' all-time leader in goals (24), assists (13), points (61) and shots (205) during this past season. She played in 76 matches over a four-year period, starting all but seven of them. Around the net Barnhart was lethal in 2003, leading the team with 56 shots, including 34 on-goal. She was also named third-team all-Mid Atlantic Region by Soccer Buzz.

Joining Barnhart on the first team were forwards Jen Parsons (VCU), Nikki Porter (Radford) and Taline Tahmassian (William and Mary), midfielders Kelly Hammond and Sarah Huffman (Virginia) and Leah Robinson (VCU). Defenders on the first team were Prue Cormie (VCU), Gillian Hatch and Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia) and Katie Swindells (James Madison). George Mason goalkeeper Sarah Coughlin was also on the first team.

Hammond earned the Player of the Year honor, while Virginia head coach Steve Swanson was named Coach of the Year. VaSID members entered nominations and voted on the teams.