It has been a banner year for Shadow alumni in the college ranks. The list is highlighted by a record-setting and historic campaign at Eastern Washington for Chloe Williams, NWAC East championships for a handful of local players at CC Spokane, another Northwest Conference championship for Whitworth and includes fantastic freshman campaigns for several players such as Ryan Rydeen, JD Hauenstein and NWC Freshman of the Year Jackson Moore.
Plus, All-Conference defender Ben Thompson is still going strong in the DIII postseason after scoring the game-winner to send Redlands onto the Round of 16 match this weekend. And in the DII Women's Tournament, Malia Maack and her Western Washington Vikings are still in the running for a national championship.
Big Sky Conference (DI)
Chloe Williams (Eastern Washington) - Offensive MVP, All-Conference First Team, Tournament MVP, All-Tournament Team: It was a record-setting year for the junior. While tallying a league-high 15 goals and six assists this season, she surpassed the program's career records for points, goals, assists and game-winning goals. Her scoring escapades netted her a second consecutive Offensive MVP award from the league and helped the Eagles advance to the Big Sky Tournament again. As the fifth seed, EWU topped Montana, Idaho and Northern Arizona with their first postseason victories in program history to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time. They were knocked out with a respectable performance in a 3-1 loss against seventh-ranked USC in Los Angeles. Williams was also honored as Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.
Caitlin Prothe (Sacramento State) - All-Conference Honorable Mention: The sophomore midfielder was a key component in helping lead the Hornets to a second-place finish in the regular season. She started in 15 of her 19 appearance and finished with a goal and assist this season.
Of Note: Other Shadow alumni helping lead Eastern on their historic campaign were Savannah Hoekstra, Paige Galloway and Laci Rennaker, a key component of the team's defensive performance. Alyssa Lloyd, Morgan Crosby and Alex Chambers helped lead Idaho to a second consecutive regular season Big Sky championship. Taryn Miller and Ashlee Pedersen helped lead Montana to fourth in the Big Sky. Having moved up top this season, Pedersen finished third on the team in scoring with three goals and three assists.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference (DII)
Cody Lang (Seattle Pacific) - All-Conference Second Team: The senior goalkeeper started all 17 games for the Falcons, finishing with a 6-6-5 record for the season, but concluded his career with 28 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.83.
JD Hauenstein (MSU-Billings) - All-Conference Honorable Mention: The freshman midfielder was recognized in his first year with the Yellowjackets. Despite starting just seven games, he finished fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists and was one of five players to see action in all 18 games.
Martha Heaps (Concordia) - All-Conference Honorable Mention: The junior midfielder was one of six players on the squad to play in all 17 games for the Cavaliers this season as they went 5-4-3 in the conference and finished just three points shy of the postseason.
GNAC All-Academic: In the league's own internal All-Academic honors, a number of Shadow alumni were recognized. Those players were: Concordia - Emma Chappell (Business Admin, 3.35), Martha Heaps (Biology, 3.60), McKenna Stocker (English, 3.88)... Central Washington - Karlee Goehner (Business/Economics, 3.61)... Northwest Nazarene - Ashley Cook-Cox (Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.25), Chloe Sholtz (Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.66).
Of Note: Malia Maack helped lead Western Washington to the GNAC Championship and Karlee Goehner guided Central Washington to second and its first-ever NCAA DII Tournament appearance. Goehner started 18 of 21 games for the Wildcats and helped them earn their first West Regionals victory before missing most of their second round loss against Western Washington to injury. Maack, whose Vikings host UC San Diego in the Round of 16 on Friday, saw action in 17 games this season as a junior defender. Stream the Game Here [+]
Of Note elsewhere in DII: Freshman goalkeeper Ryan Rydeen played a key role down the stretch for Minnesota State as the Mavericks finished out the season as the NSIC champions. She made six starts and did not allow a goal, including in the conference semifinal and final. They were seeded second (with a bye) in their six-team portion of the bracket, but were knocked out in penalties in the second round.
Northwest Conference (DIII)
Katie Bischoff (Whitworth) - All-Conference First Team: The redshirt-sophomore was the midfield leader for the Pirates as they posted a 9-7 conference record that led the team to a third-place finish after being picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. It was the program's best finish since 2012. Returning from injury that kept her out last year, she was the only player to start all 20 games, finishing with three goals and an assist, which ranked third on the team.
Jackson Moore (Pacific Lutheran) - Freshman of the Year & All-Conference Honorable Mention: The freshman midfielder started in 16 of his 17 appearances for the Lutes, tallying two goals and an assist.
Of Note: Alumni Drew Williams and Christian Haas helped lead the Whitworth men to their third consecutive conference championship. Goalkeeper Sienna Tanner was 10-6 this season for the Whitworth women in goal, earning Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week Week 4.
Ben Thompson (Univ of Redlands) - SCIAC All-Conference First Team: The junior defender was honored after guiding the Bulldogs to the league championship. He was one of four players on the team to start all 23 games and is fifth on the team in scoring with four goals and one assist, including a header off a free kick in the second round of the NCAA DIII Tournament Sunday that was the 2-1 game-winner. It advanced the Bulldogs to the Round of 16, where they will face top seed Chicago Saturday, for the first time since 2011. Stream the Game Here [+]
Cascade Conference (NAIA)
Of Note: Whitney Weaver (Northwest U) was honored os the Offensive Player of the Week in Week 3 and Sidney Batkoff helped lead Carroll College to a share of the regular season conference title and the postseason CCC championship.
Northwest Athletic Conference (JC)
Jonny Cortez (CC Spokane) - East Division MVP & All-Star: The second-year Bigfoot striker from Moses Lake led the division with 19 goals in official play, eight more than his teammate, who was second. He guided Spokane to a second consecutive East Division title and NWAC Championship game appearance. Cortez was honored as the NWAC Player of the Week in Week 9.
Kelly Kyllo (CC Spokane) - All-Star: The second-year defender helped guide Spokane to a second consecutive East Division title and led the defense back to the NWAC Championship game. He helped lead the team to 10 shutout performances in 18 official games and also scored two goals this season, including the opening tally in their 5-0 quarterfinal win.
Erica Simpson (CC Spokane) - All-Star: The sophomore, who missed several weeks to injury, was three-goals shy of the division lead in goals, but finished with an impressive tally of 17 goals and two assists. The Post Falls native helped guide the Sasquatch to a third straight East Division title and third consecutive Final Four appearance, finishing third in the league. Simpson was honored as the NWAC Player of the Week in Week 9.
Maddy Boyd (CC Spokane) - All-Star: The sophomore helped lead the Bigfoot to a third straight East Division title and third consecutive Final Four appearance, finishing third in the league. She finished among the division leaders in scoring with 11 goals and nine assists, ranking fourth in points, goals and assists.
Sydney Weiler (CC Spokane) - All-Star: The sophomore helped lead the Bigfoot to a third straight East Division title and third consecutive Final Four appearance, finishing third in the league. A threat on free kicks, Weiler finished the season with four goals and five assists while helping manage the midfield and back line, which put forth one of the league's top defensive performances.
Jocelyn Cook-Cox (North Idaho College) - All-Star: The freshman helped lead the Cardinals to a fantastic 10-1-3 division campaign that finished second in the East and was among six teams in all of the NWAC that finished unbeaten or with just one loss in their division. The Cardinals also advanced to the Final Four of the league playoffs. The Spokane native finished the season with eight goals and two assists, finishing tied for the team lead in scoring. She was also honored as NWAC Player of the Week in Week 6.
Of Note: Other Shadow alumni in the Final Four were Emma Hartwig, Taylor Morscheck and Kelsi Walker for the Bigfoot women, Chase Reidt for the Bigfoot men, Jessica Scott for the North Idaho women and Jenna Jensen for the Highline women, who topped Spokane 1-0 in the semifinals and finished as runners-up.
POSTSEASON UPDATE - November 23
Western Washington Women (#1) - Division II
Junior defender Malia Maack and the top-ranked Vikings advanced to the NCAA DII Final Four in Kansas City with a pair of big victories. They won the West Region title for the third time in four years with a 2-1 overtime victory over UC-San Diego in Colorado and then topped host Colorado School of Mines, ranked sixth, by an eye-opening 5-1 scoreline in the quarterfinals to return to the Final Four with two others from last year. They will face first-time semifinalist Kutztown (#18) in their semifinal December 1 at 8:00 CT with Columbus State (#5) and reigning three-time champion Grand Valley State (#2) in the other semifinal. The championship is December 3 at 3:00 CT.
University of Redlands Men (#25) - Division III
The Bulldogs stunned top-ranked host Chicago in a 3-2 thriller in the Third Round of the tournament to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007, but were knocked out by the same score by nearby eighth-ranked St Thomas (Minnesota) in an overtime affair in which they played a man down after the 79th minute.
Cascade Conference (NAIA)
Northwest University Women: Shadow alumni Ashlyn Juul, Rylee Rassier, Sharaya Roberts, Annie Shellerud, Brianna Sillivan and Whitney Weaver are on their way to Florida after the holiday for the NAIA championship event as one of the final 16 sides. The event kicks off Monday, but the Eagles will open play Tuesday against Ottawa (Kansas) at 1:00 PT. The quarterfinals are Wednesday. The final four is December 2 and 3. Northwest University advanced to the event with a 2-0 upset win in La Mirada against eighth-ranked Biola University. Freshman Rylee Rassier (pictured) scored the opening goal in just the second minute of play with a teammate providing the second goal in the 65th. Rassier and Roberts started with Weaver coming off the bench.
Carroll Women: Sidney Batkoff and her conference champion Saints were knocked out in the First Round 2-1 in overtime in Santa Barbara by Westmont College.
POSTSEASON UPDATE - December 3
Western Washington Women: Junior defender Malia Maack and her top-ranked Western Washington Vikings won their semifinal in convincing fashion Thursday evening, 3-0 against Kutztown, to set up a NCAA DII championship showdown with three-time champion Grand Valley State Saturday. It was a thrilling affair in the championship game with the Vikings prevailing 3-2 on three brilliant strikes to give Maack and her teammates the Division II NCAA Championship.
Northwestern University Women: In the NAIA tourney, alumni Ashlyn Juul, Rylee Rassier, Sharaya Roberts, Annie Shellerud, Brianna Sillivan and Whitney Weaver continue their run this weekend in the Final Four after wins Tuesday and Wednesday. Roberts and Sillivan converted penalties in a shootout win after a 0-0 draw against Ottawa (KS) Tuesday and on Wednesday Rassier was a big hero with the opening goal and an assist on the third in a 4-1 win over 17th-ranked Reinhardt. They advanced to play 7th-ranked Northwestern Ohio, who ended the Eagles' run in the semifinals.