Five Pirate Women Earn All-NWC Honors

SPOKANE, Wash. – Five Whitworth University players have been selected to the 2012 All-Northwest Conference women's soccer team, which was released last Thursday by the NWC office.

Senior MF Mackenzie Grow and first year GK Andrea Stump were named to the first team, while junior D Jami Hegg and first year F Tiara Pajimola are on the second team.  Senior D Carly Schilperoort received honorable mention consideration.  This group led the Pirates to a third-place finish in the final NWC standings.

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Grow has been Whitworth's mainstay in the midfield for the last two seasons.  She is on the first team in 2012 after earning second team honors last fall.  This year she finished with three goals and one assist, and all three of her goals were match-winners.  Other than defenders, Grow led the Pirates in minutes played.

Stump established herself as Whitworth's primary goalkeeper early in the season.  She finished the year with a 1.04 goals against average, but was even stronger in conference with a 0.69 GAA.  She led the league in save percentage (.897) and was named NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week twice during the season.

Hegg was an anchor for the Pirate defense.  She was one of only two Whitworth players to start all 20 matches in 2012.  She led the team in overall minutes played with 1,839.

Pajimola was Whitworth's leading scorer with eight goals and three assists.  The number of goals and her total of 19 points were both among the conference leaders.

Schilperoort joined Hegg as the other Pirate to start all 20 matches this fall.  In addition to her stellar defensive work, she led the team with four assists as the Pirates' primary corner kick taker.