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Accolades Abound
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Release: 11/15/2012
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PHOENIX, Ariz. --- A second straight conference title brought even more accolades for California Baptist University as the Lancers took home four of the five top postseason honors released by the PacWest media office Thursday.

Bernadette Witz was named the PacWest Player of the Year, Rosie Nakata was named the conference's top goalkeeper, Daelyn Paul earned Newcomer of the Year and CBU Head Coach Kristen St. Clair was named the PacWest Coach of the Year.

Witz and forward Kelly Jenks were named to the All-PacWest first team, while Paul and defender Mikala Gillis earned second team honors. Melissa Laxamana was named a third team defender, and Kimberly Allard and Chantel Cappuccilli were each honorable mentions.

Witz took home the conference's top billing after leading CBU with 26 points on the season. She propelled the PacWest's top offense with 12 goals and a pair of assists, scoring the second most goals on a conference high 4.76 shots per game. Witz also led the conference with five game winning goals this season.

Jenks finished just behind Witz with 11 goals (third in the PacWest) this year putting up 25 total points. She was also third in the conference with 3.88 shots per game, another testament to the potent Lancer attack. Allard also made the forwards list as an honorable mention.

Paul, who transferred to CBU prior to this season, orchestrated the CBU offense from the midfield to the tune of 16 total points on her way to a second team nod. She was top 10 in the conference in both total points and points per game (0.94), scoring six goals and posting four assists.

Gillis heads the list of three CBU defenders to be named on the postseason awards list, earning second team honors for a defense that posted six shutouts in a row at one point this season and allowed just four goals in its last 10 games. Sophomore defender Laxamana earned third team honors for the first time in her career and senior Cappuccilli was one of three honorable mentions.

Nakata, who took over for last year's PacWest Goalie of the Year Nicoline Jorgensen, recorded five shutouts this season and carried a 0.80 goals against average through her 15 starts. She made a total of 42 saves this season, posting a .808 save percentage.

The Lancers finished the regular season 14-2-1 overall, 13-1 in the PacWest, edging out Azusa Pacific for a second straight title with 39 points to help earn coach St. Clair her second consecutive Coach of the Year honor.


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