The 2018 ECNL College Impact – Power 5 Conferences
RICHMOND, VA (November 20, 2018) – The ECNL College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact of ECNL Alums on collegiate women’s soccer every year. In 2018, once again, ECNL Alums overwhelmingly dominated the individual awards in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, and Big 12, also known as the “Power 5” NCAA conferences.
The 2018 freshman class of ECNL Alums accounted for 40 of the 57 total 2018 All-Freshman honors in the Power 5, and in total, ECNL Alums claimed 13 different Player of the Year awards and 157 All-Conference honors.
Beyond just the individual award winners, there were over 1,100 ECNL Alums playing at college soccer’s highest levels in the Power 5 this season:
- Pac-12 – 215 ECNL Alums
- Big Ten – 161 ECNL Alums
- Big 12 – 191 ECNL Alums
- ACC – 234 ECNL Alums
- SEC – 263 ECNL Alums
The transformative impact of the ECNL has never been more apparent than the list of 2018 award winners in the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC:
- 2018 Pac-12 Forward of the Year – Catarina Macario, San Diego Surf
- 2018 Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year – Jordan DiBiasi, Colorado Rush
- 2018 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year – Alana Cook, Match Fit Academy
- 2018 Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year – Kaylie Collins, Mustang SC
- 2018 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year – Penelope Hocking, So Cal Blues
- 10 of 12 players in the 2018 Pac-12 All-Conference First Team are ECNL Alums
- 10 of 12 players in the 2018 Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team are ECNL Alums
- 8 of 11 in the 2018 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums
- 2018 Big Ten Forward of the Year – April Bockin, Minnesota Thunder
- 2018 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year – Emily Ogle, Internationals SC
- 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year – Meagan McClelland, PDA
- 16 of 22 in the 2018 Big Ten All-Conference First and Second Teams are ECNL Alums
- 6 of 13 in the 2018 Big Ten All-Freshman Teams are ECNL Alums
- 2018 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year – Cyera Hintzen, Sting Dallas
- 2018 Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year – Messiah Bright, Solar SC
- 15 of 22 in the 2018 Big 12 All-Conference First and Second Teams are ECNL Alums
- 10 of 11 in the 2018 Big 12 All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums
- 2018 ACC Midfielder of the Year – Sam Coffey, Match Fit Academy
- 13 of 22 in the 2018 ACC All-Conference First and Second Teams are ECNL Alums
- 10 of 11 in the 2018 ACC All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums
- 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year – Haley Hopkins, Slammers FC
- 2018 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Emma Welch, Concorde Fire
- 20 of 29 in the 2018 SEC All-Conference First and Second Teams are ECNL Alums
- 6 of 11 in the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums
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