DAVIS, Calif. —
UC Davis sophomore international relations major Mahlah Catline
became the first Aggie to earn All-Big West Conference first team honors since 2013, while senior materials science and engineering major Alexis Smith
became the program's first-ever four-time all-conference selection, heading up a group of five student-athletes named to the all-league honor roll according to a vote of the head coaches released on Wednesday.
Catline picks up her second career All-Big West honor after earning second-team laurels last season as a freshman, becoming the first UC Davis player to be named to the first team since Mary Beth Mazurek and Ashley Edwards in 2013, and only the sixth Aggie first-teamer overall along with Aisha Lott (2010-11), Lisa Kemp (2011), and Rochelle VanBuskirk (2009).
The Reading, England, native was joined on the honor roll by senior biological sciences major Kristie Braken-Guelke
and senior materials science and engineering major Alexis Smith
, who picked up second team honors, senior biological sciences major Ari Zamora
, who was an honorable mention selection, and freshman defender Margot Ridgeway
, who was named to the 11-member all-freshman team.
Smith, who picked up second-team honors for the second consecutive season after being named to the honorable mention squad in her first two years at UC Davis, broke a tie with Sienna Drizin, who was named to the all-conference squad three times from 2012-14. Braken-Guelke, who was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following the team's regular season finale, earned second-team honors for the second straight season.
Zamora was named to the All-Big West honor roll for the first time in her career, while Ridgeway continues a run of success for Aggie newcomers, as UC Davis has had a member of the all-freshman squad in each of the last five years. The Fair Haven, N.J., native joins Sydney Burger
(2014), Crystal Crump
(2015), Smith (2015), Roisin Allaeddini
(2016), and Catline (2017), as Aggie all-freshman team honorees.
Catline shared the team lead offensively with eight points, scoring three times and assisting on two others, pacing the squad with 22 shots and putting 13 of those on frame. Two of her goals this season have gone for game-winners, putting her side ahead for good in wins over New Mexico and CSUN.
Smith has started 16 of the team's 18 matches in net this season, posting a 1.20 goals against average and 73 saves to go with six shutouts. Her save total ranks tied for eighth on the all-time list, while her six shutouts are tied for fourth. She holds program records for career shutouts and minutes played, while also ranking second on the all-time saves list.
A mainstay on the backline for the Aggies, Braken-Guelke helped lead a defense post three shutouts in the team's final five contests, including a 1-0 win over UC Riverside in the regular season finale and put UC Davis in position to earn a berth in the Big West Tournament. She has played a key role in help the team post 25 shutouts over the last four seasons — tied for the second most in any four-year period in the program's Division I history. She also scored her first career goal in a win over Causeway rival Sacramento State.
Zamora has appeared in 58 matches in her four-year career and is one of only two players to start all 18 matches this season. After collecting only five shots in her first three seasons, this senior has operated at full speed in 2018, taking a career-high 16 shots and scoring her first career goal in a 1-1 draw with Weber State back on Sept. 6, while playing in 1,663 of a possible 1,718 minutes in the midfield this season.
Ridgeway has enjoyed a stellar college debut, playing in all 18 contests while making 16 starts. Her two goals and two assists for six points are ranked tied for third on the team and has her ranked ninth on a list of top freshmen scorers in the school's Division I history, just three points back of the single-season record shared by Samantha Faber (2007), Kiele Argente (2010), Sienna Drizin (2012), and Crystal Crump
(2015). She tallied her first career points with an assist in a 2-0 win over Cal Baptist and scored her first career goal — and game-winner — two days later at rival Sacramento State.
Collecting the most points in the Big West standings in the history of the program (14) and finishing the regular season unbeaten in their last five contests (3-0-2), the Aggies open tournament play with the first of two semifinal matches on Thursday (Nov. 1) at 5 p.m. at Anteater Stadium in Irvine, Calif., earning a rematch with the top-seeded 49ers.
Second-seeded UC Santa Barbara faces third-seeded UC Irvine in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m., with the two winners meeting in the championship on Sunday (Nov. 4) at 1 p.m.
2018 ALL-BIG WEST CONFERENCE TEAMS
Offensive Player of the Year:
Raisa Strom-Okimoto, Hawai'i
Midfielder of the Year:
Dana Fujikuni, Long Beach State
Goalkeeper of the Year:
Maddie Newsom, UC Irvine
Defensive Player of the Year:
Sarah Maher, Long Beach State
Coach of the Year:
Mauricio Ingrassia, Long Beach State
Freshman of the Year:
Mackenzie George, Cal Poly
Mahlah Catline, UC Davis, Sophomore, Forward
Ashley Gonzales, Long Beach State, Senior, Forward
Shaelan Murison, UC Santa Barbara, Junior, Forward
Raisa Strom-Okimoto, Hawai'i, Senior, Forward
Madeleine Feist, UC Riverside, Senior, Midfielder
Dana Fujikuni, Long Beach State, Senior, Midfielder
Leialoha Medeiros, Hawai'i, Sophomore, Midfielder
Atlanta Primus, Cal State Fullerton, Junior, Midfielder
Mallory Hromatko, UC Santa Barbara, Senior, Defender
Aleah Kelley, UC Irvine, Junior, Defender
Sarah Maher, Long Beach State, Senior, Defender
Nano Oronoz, Cal State Fullerton, Senior, Defender
Maddie Newsom, UC Irvine, Junior, Goalkeeper
Claire Grouwinkel, UC Irvine, Sophomore, Forward
Katie Pingel, Long Beach State, Junior, Forward
Quinley Quezada, UC Riverside, Senior, Forward
Marissa Favela, CSUN, Senior, Midfielder
Madeline Gibson, UC Santa Barbara, Senior, Midfielder
Shelby Lee, UC Irvine, Senior, Midfielder
Sydney Magnin, UC Santa Barbara, Senior, Midfielder
Kyra Taylor, UC Riverside, Senior, Midfielder
Kristie Braken-Guelke, UC Davis, Senior, Defender
Lindsay Kutscher, CSUN, Senior, Defender
Christina Tucker, UC Riverside, Senior, Defender
Alexis Smith, UC Davis, Senior, Goalkeeper
Lili Andino, UC Irvine, Senior, Forward
Mackenzie George, Cal Poly, Freshman, Forward
Darielle O'Brien, UC Riverside, Senior, Forward
Taylor Bistline, Long Beach State, Junior, Midfielder
Alex Karlowitsch, UC Irvine, Senior, Midfielder
Ari Zamora, UC Davis, Senior, Midfielder
Jonnae Joseph, UC Irvine, Senior, Defender
Amanda Martin, CSUN, Junior, Defender
Amanda Roy, UC Riverside, Junior, Defender
Alexis Mata, Hawai'i, Junior, Goalkeeper
Mackenzie George, Cal Poly, Forward
Alexis White, CSUN, Forward
Kaya Hawkinson, Cal State Fullerton, Midfielder
Kristen Swales, Cal State Fullerton, Midfielder
Akari Shimizu, UC Riverside, Midfielder
Lauren Hess, UC Santa Barbara, Defender
Elysia Laramie, Long Beach State, Defender
Ava McCray, Cal Poly, Defender
Kala McDaniel, UC Irvine, Defender
Elena Palacios, Hawai'i, Defender
Margot Ridgeway, UC Davis, Defender
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