(DANBURY, Conn.) – Carnegie Mellon University women's soccer freshman Alex Adams (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year while head coach Yon Struble was named the ECAC Division III Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. Joining Adams on the team is freshman Rachel Legg (Kansas City, Mo. / Pembroke).
Adams, who recently received All-America recognition from United Soccer Coaches, was additionally put on the ECAC All-Star Second Team as a forward. She finished the regular season as the Tartans' leading scorer with 11 goals, including seven game winners. She closed her rookie campaign with the school record for points in a season with 34, tied the season record for most goals with 14, and recorded the most goals and points by a freshman. Other honors for Adams during her record-setting season were selections to the University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Association team on the first team and a first-team appearance on the United Soccer Coaches All-Great Lakes Region Team.
Legg is a first-team selection to the ECAC All-Star team after anchoring the Tartan defense which surrendered a total of 17 goals for the season with just one during five games in the NCAA tournament. The Tartans collected 11 shutouts for the season and a goals against average of 0.74 through 22 games. Legg also contributed on the offensive end with two goals scored, both coming in the NCAA tournament. The freshman was also honored by United Soccer Coaches on the All-Great Lakes third team and garnered UAA recognition on the second team.
The coach of the year honor for Struble is the second from the ECAC in his 10 years leading the Tartans. This year, Struble led the Tartans to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA national semifinals after finishing the regular season with an 11-5-1 mark while facing six nationally ranked teams. At the conclusion of the year, the Tartans ranked fifth nationally and accumulated a 14-5-3 record giving Struble a career record of 121-47-16 (.701).