November 16, 2012
Gannon's Brueckner PSAC Athlete, Freshman of the Year
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Gannon’s Mani Brueckner earned of the PSAC’s two highest athletic honors for her outstanding freshman season, as she was deemed the 2012 Women’s Soccer Athlete and Freshman of the Year. Noreen Herlihy of Slippery Rock was honored with the Coach of the Year recognition for guiding her squad to the PSAC title.
Brueckner has taken the PSAC by storm as a true freshman with a team high 10 goals and 13 assists, the second most of any Division II women’s soccer athlete. Her 33 points puts her fourth on Gannon’s single season points leaderboard, and has surpassed the single season assist record by four assists. Brueckner also record 0.72 assists per game in 2012, the most in D-II. Brueckner is the first women’s soccer athlete to earn athlete and freshman of the year nods in the same season since IUP’s Sarah Romasco in 2006.
Herlihy is in her 18th season at the helm of The Rock’s women’s soccer program and led Slippery Rock to its third PSAC crown and its first since 2005. She has also commanded Slippery Rock to 17 straight winning seasons with 10 or more victories that ranks eighth all-time in Division II. The Rock has participated in the NCAA Championship tournament for three consecutive seasons, and 2012 marks its eighth overall appearance. Herlihy has guided the Rock two consecutive trips to the round of 16, as Slippery Rock will play West Chester in the NCAA Third Round on Friday, November 16.
The All-PSAC squads feature 16 repeat honorees from previous seasons, including California’s Carley Work’s, the 2011 PSAC Athlete of the Year, fourth appearance on an All-Conference team.