WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary junior captain Mallory Schaffer was named CAA Player of the Year, while Tribe head coach John Daly was named CAA Co-Coach of the Year at the CAA Awards Banquet on Wednesday night. Four other William and Mary players were also honored at the banquet, which was held at the Hospitality House in Williamsburg.
Along with being honored as conference player of the year, Schaffer was named to the All-CAA First Team along with senior Diana Weigel and junior Cortlyn Bristol. Freshman Emily Fredrikson was named Second-Team All-CAA and to the CAA All-Rookie team. Joining Fredrikson on the CAA All-Rookie Team was freshman Emory Camper. William and Mary led the conference with three first-team honorees, while its six total all-conference selections were tied for the most in the league with VCU.
Schaffer had an unbelievable season for the Tribe, becoming the 11th player in program history to be named CAA Player of the Year. The Allison Park, Pennsylvania native led the CAA in points (34) and goals (14) this season, while tying for seventh in the league in assists with six. Nationally, Schaffer ranks 18th in total goals and 23rd in total points. Schaffer's best stretch of the season came in six games spanning from September 11 to October 2. In those six matches, Schaffer scored at least one goal each game, racking up nine goals in total. The Tribe's junior captain liked to score in bunches and when it counted most in 2011, scoring two goals in five different matches and totaling four game winners.
After guiding the Tribe to a 15-2-2 record this season, Daly was named CAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his illustrious and historic career at William and Mary. The 2011 season was one of his finest, as the College racked up 15 wins in total and 10 CAA conference victories, both the most for the school since 2006. Daly and the Tribe separated themselves from the rest of the conference this year, winning the league by an impressive nine points. Heading in to the CAA Tournament, Daly's career record stands at 345-139-41 (.696). Daly has never had a losing season at the College, as the Tribe holds the NCAA record for consecutive winning seasons, now at 30.
A stalwart on the Tribe's backline this season, Weigel was named First-Team All-CAA for the third-consecutive year. The 2009 CAA Defender of the Year, Weigel is one of the finest defensive players to come through William and Mary. This season, Weigel helped lead a Tribe defense that led the CAA in goals allowed (12), goals-against average (0.62), and in shutouts with 12. Weigel, a Fairfax, Virginia native, also contributed on the offensive end this season, scoring two goals and dishing out five assists. For her career, Weigel has totaled seven goals and 17 assists.
Joining Schaffer and Weigel on the All-CAA First Team is Bristol, who was a Second-Team All-CAA honoree a year ago. Bristol is having her finest season yet for the College, totaling 22 points on seven goals and eight assists. With her impressive numbers, Bristol ranks in a tie for third in the CAA in assists and in a tie for eighth in points. One of Bristol's finest performances this season came in the Tribe's 3-1 win over No. 13 Georgetown, when the Chantilly, Virginia native scored a goal and had an assist.
Making an impressive debut this season, Fredrikson was named both to the All-CAA Second Team as well as the CAA All-Rookie Team. The Ashburn, Virginia native might not jump off the stat page, but on the field she makes quite the impression. Playing center back, Fredrikson helped the College post one of its finest defensive seasons in program history. W&M led the conference in almost every defensive category and ranked 17th in the country in goals-against average (0.617). Fredrikson was also a contributor offensively, tallying an assist in the Tribe's 2-0 win over Princeton.
Also earning CAA All-Rookie honors was Camper, who had a terrific offensive season. Camper, a Virginia Beach, Virginia native, led all CAA freshmen with 21 points, seven goals, and seven assists. Overall, Camper tied for fifth in the CAA in assists and tied for 10th in points. Camper came out on fire, scoring a point in her first five collegiate matches. Her best game came against No. 13 Georgetown, when the rookie scored a pair of goals, including the match winner.