Rose, McCormick Sweep CAA Honors
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior Stephanie Rose was named Player-of-the-Week and freshman Maddie McCormick was recognized as Rookie-of-the-Week as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its weekly awards on Monday.
"Congratulations to both Stephanie and Maddie on their respective honors," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Both had an impact in our wins this weekend and are deserving of the recognition. I know that both these players share these honors with their teammates. It truly is a team effort and we all share in their accolades."
The duo played a key role in the Seahawks' road victories at Towson and George Mason last weekend, combining to tally six goals and three assists as UNCW clinched a spot in the 2012 CAA Women's Soccer Championship.
A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Rose opened the weekend with a goal and an assist in the Seahawks' 5-2 victory at Towson on Oct. 19 before exploding for six points as she scored twice and added two assists in UNCW's 4-0 shutout of George Mason on Oct. 21 to expand her league-leading point total to 35 (12 G, 11 A).
The nine-point weekend helped Rose continue her climb up the program's various single-season charts as she captured sole possession of first place on the school's single-season assist list and moved into a three-way tie for third place on the program's single-season goals ranking.
Rose's 35 points also represent the second-highest single-season point total for a UNCW player, shy of only former standout Christy Timbers' 46-point (19 G, 8 A) showing during the 1998 season.
"Stephanie is having a special season," said Cairney. "She can take over a game with her work rate and she has a nose for the goal. She worked very hard during the off season and her hard work is paying off."
McCormick, meanwhile, became the first UNCW player since the 2004 season to record a hat trick as she found the back of the net three times in the Seahawks' three-goal triumph against the Tigers. The Newark, Del., product is now second on the team in scoring with 14 points (6 G, 2 A) and ranks second on the squad with three game-winning goals.
"Maddie has great instincts as a forward," said Cairney. "She reads pressure very well and has shown great composure in front of goal during her rookie campaign."
UNCW (11-6-1; 6-3-0 CAA) closes out the regular season Wednesday with a 4 p.m. contest at Georgia State.