January 21, 2009
Annick Lamb, Jackie Belton, Holly Sinclair and Erica Wheeler-Dubin are selected to the NSCAA West All-Region Team
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The University of California Santa Cruz had 4 players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas NCAA D III All West Region Team. Senior Annick Lamb was selected to the First Team. Junior Jackie Belton to the second team. Junior Holly Sinclair and Sophomore Erica Wheeler – Dubin to the third team.
Four the fourth straight season, senior Lamb (Santa Barbara/San Marcos) was named to the West Region team. Lamb becomes the first Lady Slug player to earn All Region honors during each of her four seasons on campus. She led the team with18 goals in 2008 establishing new UCSC career goals and career points total, 59 and 128 respectively. This is her third first team selection after receiving a second team selection in her freshman year.
Jackie Belton (Bakersfield/Stockdale) a junior midfielder was outstanding on both sides of the ball. Her outstanding technical ability, speed with the ball and relentless defensive pressure created many scoring opportunities for the Lady Slugs. This is Belton's first selection to the NSCAA Team; in 2006 she earned a selection to the Association of DIII Independents second team.
Holly Sinclair (Elk/Mendocino) a junior back was a dominating presence in the center of the Slugs defense. Her courage and relentless effort on the field was inspirational to her teammates. She also contributed offensively scoring two goals, one a game winner for the lady Slugs.
Erica Wheeler- Dubin (San Francisco/Lowell) a sophomore midfielder played an important role for the lady slugs. She primarily played in the midfield but when called upon was able to cover for injured players in the defense. Her 11 total points was second on the team in scoring. Her experience gained from playing year round with the San Francisco Nighthawks has contributed to Wheeler-Dobbins success.
UCSC, 12-7- 1 in 2008 finished the season ranked 4th in the NCAA DIII West Region and earned an NCAA Post Season tournament bid for the third straight year. The Lady Slugs defeated Redlands University 2-1 in their first round game and lost 4-0 to Claremont Mud Scripps in the second round.