Trolls Earn CCAC Post-Season Honors

The Trolls had a successful regular season and their efforts were recognized when the All-Conference honors were announced.  The team captured the title of regular season champions with their 9-1 CCAC record. They also received the Karl Boeck Champions of Character Team Award for their sportsmanship and positive attitude on and off the field. In addition the team received six of the 14 First-Team All-Conference selections and swept the top honors.

Jessica Bianchi (Elmhurst, Illinois) not only earned First-Team All-Conference honors for the third time in her career, but she was also repeated as the CCAC Player of the Year.  The senior forward led the team and the conference in total points (56), shots (110), goals (25), and game winning goals (6). In addition she was fifth in assists with six.  In addition she ranks fourth in the NAIA in shots per game and is sixth in total points and goals.  During the season she was named the CCAC Offensive Player of the Week twice.

Selah Hopkins (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) was selected as First-Team as well as named the Freshman of the Year. For the season she teamed up with Bianchi to take the top two spots in the conference in points (45) and goals (19), while also ranking in the top five in shots (61) and assists (7). Hopkins also registered four game winning goals. As a rookie, she is in the top 20 in the NAIA in total goals and total points. She also was the CCAC Offensive Player of the Week during the season.

Midfielder senior Jessica Owen (Caledonia, Michigan) was also a part of the offensive mix and on the First-Team. During the conference season she scored seven goals and had four assists. Four of her goals were game winners. She ranked in the top ten in the conference in total points (18), goals, and assists. Owen picked up CCAC Offensive Player of the Week recognition.

The Trolls had three defensive players named First-Team All-Conference. Throughout the conference schedule the defensive unit recorded 13 shut-outs in 17 games and gave up only eight goals. Central to that defensive success and receiving the conference recognition were senior Elly Brummel (Hudsonville, Michigan), sophomore Kaleigh VanElst (Grandville, Michigan), and sophomore goalkeeper Allyson Kranstz (Portage, Michigan).  Kranstz logged 1438 minutes in the goal with a 0.50 goal against average and 46 saves.  She had eight complete and five shared shut-outs. All three of these athletes earned CCAC Defender of the Week honors.

Guiding the Trolls to their success was head coach Josh Lenarz who was selected as the CCAC Coach of the Year.  Overall he led the team to a 16-1 regular season record which started with a 15-game winning streak.
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