WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomores Lindsey Byrne and Maddie McCormick were named to the Preseason All-CAA squad on Thursday.

Junior Stephanie Bronson was also recognized as she was a CAA preseason Honorable Mention selection.

"The Colonial Athletic Association has many quality players and to have three players recognized in this group is truly special, said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “As with any individual recognition, our players know that what they accomplish is shared with all their team members."

Byrne was a CAA All-Rookie Team selection last season as she started all 21 games played. The Charlotte, N.C., native was part of a backline that matched the program’s single-season record for shutouts in a season (9). Byrne also contributed on the offensive end as she tallied three assists.

A native of Newark, Del., McCormick was a Third-Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie Team honoree in 2012 as she took part all 22 games and made 14 starts. She finished second on the team in both goals (8) and total points (19) and became just the fourth player in school history to record a hat trick as she found the back of the net three times against Towson last October.

Bronson, meanwhile, was also a Third-Team All-CAA selection last season as she ranked third on team in points (13), goals (5) and assists (3). The Raleigh, N.C., product was tied for fifth on the team in shots attempted (26) and tallied a pair of game-winning strikes against Drexel and Georgia State.

The Seahawks opened preseason practice Wednesday and will play the first of two exhibition contests Aug. 12 when they host Campbell in a 7 p.m. contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

2013 PRESEASON ALL-CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

 Player, School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown

Leah Galton, Hofstra

F

So.

 Harrogate, England

Maddie McCormick, UNCW

F

So.

 Newark, Del.

Dani Rutter, William & Mary

 F

Sr.

 York, Pa.

Lauren Wilson, James Madison

F

Sr.

 Coatesville, Pa.

Chelsea Duffy, Delaware

MF

Sr.

 Glassboro, N.J.

Sam Greenfield, Drexel

MF

Sr.

 Warminster, Pa.

Jill Mulholland, Hofstra

MF

So.

Levittown, N.Y.

Hanna Terry, Northeastern

MF

Sr.

 Park City, Utah

Lindsey Byrne, UNCW

D

 So.

 Charlotte, N.C.

Melissa Chapman, Drexel

D

Jr.

 Lansdale, Pa.

Emily Fredrikson, William & Mary

D

 Jr.

Ashburn, Va.

Allegra Gray, Delaware

D

 Jr.

West Chester, Pa.

Eve Badana, Drexel

GK

 Jr.

Markham, Ontario

Honorable Mention: Paige Burnett, Jr., GK, Northeastern; Stephanie Bronson, Jr., MF, UNCW; Leci Irvin, So., D, William & Mary; Oksana Nicholls, So., D, Northeastern; Becky Sparks, Sr., D, James Madison