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William and Mary's Tara Connors Earns National Honor
Updated: Saturday 11/08/2011 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After helping the William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team claim its 10th CAA conference championship this past weekend, sophomore defender Tara Connors was named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.  Connors is the third Tribe player to be named to a TDS National Team of the Week this season, joining Katherine Yount and Mallory Schaffer, who earned the accolade twice.

A vital member of the Tribe's backline not just this past weekend, but all season, Connors was named the Virginia 529 CAA Women's Soccer Championship's Most Outstanding Player.  Connors helped lead a Tribe defense that posted a shutout against VCU in the championship match on November 6.

On the season, William and Mary's defense has been spectacular, leading the CAA in almost every category.  Of the 330 Division I women's soccer teams in the country, the Tribe ranks 13th in goals against average at 0.606.  The College also ranked 30th in shutout percentage (0.524), thanks to posting 11 shutouts in 21 matches so far this season.

In the national polls this week, the Tribe moved up eight spots to No. 14 in the Soccer America rankings, while staying put at No. 25 in the latest NSCAA Coaches poll.

The William and Mary Tribe will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Saturday, November 12 to face the UNC Tarheels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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