Saenz named second-team All-RMAC

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 3, 2010

Julia Saenz was the only member of the playoff-bound University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's soccer team to be named to the 2010 All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, which were released Tuesday.

Saenz was named to the All-RMAC second team despite ranking second in the conference in assists, third in points and eighth in goals. The junior from Colorado Springs leads the Mountain Lions with 10 assists and 24 points and is second with seven goals.

UCCS' leading goal scorer, Kristin Preble, was snubbed entirely. Her eight goals ranks her sixth in the RMAC and her 18 points ranks seventh.

Julissa Rodriguez of New Mexico Highlands was named the 2010 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year.  She is the first player in Cowgirls history to receive this honor. Rodriguez leads the RMAC in goals per game (0.76) and points per game (1.82). The Cowgirls went 9-3-2 in the conference and are the number three seed in the RMAC Women's Soccer Tournament. Highlands plays UCCS on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, N.M. The winner will play on Friday against Regis in the semi-finals, hosted by Fort Lewis in Durango.

Christine Schmelzle of Fort Lewis is the 2010 RMAC Defensive Player of the Year. This is the second consecutive year a Skyhawks player has earned this award (Nichole Kluk).

Anna Evans of Colorado Mines is the RMAC Freshman of the Year. She is the first player in Orediggers history to get this award.

Damian Clarke of Fort Lewis is the RMAC Women's Soccer Co-Coach of the Year. Clarke was also named Coach of the Year last season. Justin Wagar of New Mexico Highlands is the other co-coach of the year. He is the second NMHU coach to earn this award (Greg Rusk, 2001).

The 11 head women's soccer coaches in the RMAC chose the all-conference teams (coaches cannot vote for their own players). The first team requires three forwards, three midfielders, three defenders, a goal keeper and one at-large position. The second and third teams are regardless of position.

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Kristin PrebleKristin Preble23D/M
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