Dec. 5, 2012
BERKELEY - California's Betsy Hassett, Ifeoma Onumonu, Emi Lawson and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick all earned spots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Pacific Region teams, the NSCAA announced this week. Hassett, a senior midfielder, and Onumonu, a freshman forward, garnered regional first-team spots; Lawson, a junior defender, is on the All-Pacific Second Team; and Fitzpatrick, a junior midfielder, is a regional third-team selection.
"Earning berths on the all-regional team is well deserved for all four of these talented players," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "Ifeoma has worked tirelessly all season to help her team and teammates have success, which culminated in our NCAA Tournament run. Betsy and Kaitlyn were the driving force in our midfield and Emi was the rock in our defense all year long."
The same four Golden Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors earlier this fall.
A product of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Onumonu emerged as a major attacking threat in an outstanding debut season for the Bears, earning her the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award and a berth on the All-Pac-12 First Team. She led all Pac-12 freshmen in points (28), goals (11) and assists (6) and tied for second in the Conference in goals, ranked third in points and tied for sixth in assists. Onumonu - who led the Bears in points, goals and assists - also paced the Bears in game-winning goals (4). Onumonu was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in early October after a weekend in which she notched three goals and an assist in a pair of wins over Colorado and Utah.
Hassett - the New Zealand Olympian who competed in London last summer - ranked second in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5) for the Bears this year. This is her second-consecutive appearance on the regional team, as she was on the All-Pacific Second Team in 2011. Hassett earned a spot on the 2012 All-Pac-12 First Team, which marked the second-straight conference honor for the veteran Bear, as she was on the All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2011. A talented international player who hails from Auckland, Hassett competed with the Football Ferns in the 2011 World Cup as well in the Under-20 World Cup in 2009.
Lawson is a strong, fast central defender who can also contribute to the attack. The Seattle product tied her career high in points (8), scored two goals and added four assists after starting all 22 games this season. One of the Bears' most durable players, Lawson has started in 58 of the 64 games she has played in for Cal. An All-Pac12 Second-Team choice in 2012, also garnered conference honors in 2010, when she earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Fitzpatrick ranked second in game-winning goals (3) and was third in points (11) and goals (5) this season; she also collected three assists. The junior - who earned her second consecutive All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention this year - was on the All-Pacific Second Team in 2011.