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Freshman Gray garners All-ACC second-team honors
Forward joined by defender Lynch on All-ACC Freshmen Team
November 6, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech women's soccer forward Marika Gray was named to the 2007 All-ACC Second Team on Tuesday and was joined by defender Kelly Lynch on the All-ACC Freshmen Team.

The second-team conference selection for Gray (Alexandria, Va.) marks the first time that a Hokie has been named to either of the ACC's first or second teams since Virginia Tech joined in 2004. The honor is also the first for Tech in any conference since Joy Nsubuga (1999-2001) was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2001.

"I think it's an awesome honor," head coach Kelly Cagle said. "I think Marika Gray was probably up for Freshman of the Year, so she should be really proud for making both teams. The overall second-team honor is really indicative of her playing well beyond her years. She's been very reliable for us, so it's all well deserved."

Gray was one of four freshmen to be named to the All-ACC Team for her standout performance this season. With two assists against No. 10 Boston last Sunday after scoring two goals against then-No. 13 Tennessee earlier in the year, Gray ended the regular season with a team-leading eight goals and six assists for a total of 22 points, the most scored by a Hokie since 2004. The 5-foot-7 forward became the first Hokie since Emily Barnhart (2000-03) in 2002 to lead the squad in both goals and assists.

The two All-ACC Freshmen Team selections of Gray and Lynch (Mullica Hill, N.J.) mark the fourth consecutive year that Cagle has had at least one player named to the team. Julian Johnson (2006), Laurie Beth Puglisi (2005), Heather Hallberg (2004) and 2004 ACC Freshman of the Year Ashley Stinson had the previous honors.

Lynch was a standout player for the Hokies this year as she was the only freshman to start every game on the team. The 5-foot-3 defender played every single minute on the pitch, helping the Hokies record five shutouts, including one over No. 10 Boston College. She also took most of the free kicks during the season and finished the year with two assists, including one on Gray's game-winner against Tennessee.

"We were one of two teams that had more than just one player represented on the team," Cagle said. "First of all, I think both Marika and Kelly should be really proud. I think secondly, this is a testament to our recruiting as we've placed a player on the team every year I've been here. I'm really proud of that in terms of our grassroots being in recruiting."

While Gray and Lynch were the only two to earn recognition from the conference, Cagle believes that there were other players on the team worthy of being considered for placement.

"I think a few more could have been added to these lists in terms of the reliability for us this year," Cagle added. "I think Kelsey Billups (Richmond, Va.) and Jennifer Harvey (Roanoke, Va.) are both people that were in the pool of players considered for the freshman team.

"On the other side, Kim Hickey (Richboro, Pa.) and Julian Johnson (Norfolk, Va.) are two other players who had strong years," Cagle added. "It's hard as a defender to get noticed in Hickey's case, and in Julian's case, I think she grew as the season went along. Both of them were people that I know deserved consideration for All-ACC recognition."

Hickey was the only other player besides Lynch to be on the field the entire season for the Hokies, while Johnson recorded all four of her goals and three of her five assists against the ACC, which had nine teams ranked in the top-51 in RPI at the end of the regular season.

2007 All-ACC First Team

Yael Averbuch .....................................Midfielder ..................................North Carolina
Sinead Farrelly ....................................Midfielder .............................................Virginia
Tobin Heath ........................................Midfielder ..................................North Carolina
Jill Hutchinson ....................................Forward .........................................Wake Forest
Nikki Kryzsik ......................................Defender ...............................................Virginia
Casey Nogueira ...................................Forward .....................................North Carolina
Ashley Phillips ....................................Goalkeeper ..........................................Clemson
Becky Sauerbrunn ...............................Defender ...............................................Virginia
Brittney Steinbruch .............................Forward ..................................................Miami
Lorraine Quinn ...................................Midfielder .................................................Duke
Mami Yamaguchi ................................Midfielder .....................................Florida State

2007 All-ACC Second Team

Julie Bolt .............................................Midfielder ............................................Clemson
Amanda DaCosta ................................Midfielder .....................................Florida State
Shannon Foley ....................................Forward ................................................Virginia
Kaley Fountain ...................................Defender ........................................Wake Forest
Marika Gray ........................................Forward ........................................Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Jobe .....................................Defender ..............................................Clemson
Chantel Jones ......................................Goalkeeper ...........................................Virginia
Elisabeth Redmond .............................Forward ....................................................Duke
*Allie Sadow .......................................Forward .........................................Wake Forest
*Lauren Singer ....................................Midfielder ...............................................Miami
Amy Smerdzinski ................................Midfielder ......................................Wake Forest
*Lindsay Vera .....................................Forward ...............................................NC State

*Denotes tied for last two remaining spots

2007 All-ACC Freshmen Team

Rebecca Allen ......................................Forward ....................................................Duke
Yewande Balogun ...............................Goalkeeper ........................................Maryland
Hannah Cerrone ..................................Defender ....................................Boston College
Amanda DaCosta ................................Midfielder .....................................Florida State
Sinead Farrelly ....................................Midfielder .............................................Virginia
Samantha Germano ............................Midfielder ......................................Wake Forest
Marika Gray ........................................Forward ........................................Virginia Tech
Meghan Klingenberg ...........................Forward .....................................North Carolina
Brooke Knowlton ................................Forward .....................................Boston College
Kelly Lynch .........................................Defender .......................................Virginia Tech
Brittney Steinbruch .............................Forward ..................................................Miami

2007 Offensive Player of the Year
Mami Yamaguchi .....................................................................................Florida State

2007 Defensive Player of the Year
Becky Sauerbrunn ............................................................................................Virginia

2007 Freshman of the Year
Brittney Steinbruch ............................................................................................Miami

2007 Coach of the Year
Tricia Taliaferro..................................................................................................Miami

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