Irwin Receives Jenkins Award as Women’s Soccer Celebrates Season

Danielle Irwin (center), with Jeff Jenkins '63 and his wife, Rita.
Danielle Irwin (center), with Jeff Jenkins '63 and his wife, Rita.

The Capital University women's soccer team commemorated its 2012 season and recognized several award winners at its annual banquet on Sunday, March 17.

The Crusaders finished with a 10-8-2 overall record, including a 5-3-1 mark in the Ohio Athletic Conference, and tied for third in the league. It was the team's ninth straight season in the top four in the standings of the conference.

Capital, which reached the OAC Tournament quarterfinals, downed eventual tournament champion and NCAA qualifier Ohio Northern, handing the then-20th ranked Polar Bears their first setback of the season on Oct. 3 at Bernlohr Stadium.

Senior defender Dani Irwin (LaGrange, Ky.; above, center) earned the program's prestigious Jenkins Family Award for her dedication, commitment and pride in Capital women's soccer. She is just the second recipient of the award, which made its debut in 2011.

Irwin served her second straight season as a team captain and started all 20 matches for the Crusaders, recording one assist. A two-time honorable mention All-OAC honoree, Irwin helped lead the team to an OAC Tournament championship and the program's first-ever victory in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Junior Maggie Donnellan (Cincinnati, Ohio) headlined a handful of Capital all-conference honorees. Donnellan earned the OAC Goalkeeper of the Year award and was named first team all-conference for the second consecutive season. Senior Natalie Fiorelli 2012 - Seniors Banquet 150px (Pickerington, Ohio) and freshman Mariah Richards (Canton, Ohio) were second team selections, while junior Corey McClellan (Columbus, Ohio) and freshman Rachael Wintering (Lewis Center, Ohio) received honorable mention.

Donnellan was also picked second team All-Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and earned Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association NCAA Division III first team accolades. Fiorelli garnered third team merit.

Fiorelli, juniors Katie Freshour (North Canton, Ohio), Melanie Graeff (Bellbrook, Ohio), Kelsey Kaiser (Columbus, Ohio), Madison Palmer (Spring Arbor, Mich.) and sophomore Sam Wentz (Haddon Heights, N.J.) were Academic All-OAC selections.

Seniors Alexa Bosanac (Strongsville, Ohio), Irwin, Fiorelli and Kate Connell (Drexel Hill, Pa.), pictured at right starting on the left, were part of a senior class that won 47 matches, better than 60 percent of all contests.