Merel Van Dongen Earns More Accolades

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Merel Van Dongen earned freshmen team honors by

Nov. 28, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman midfielder Merel Van Dongen was named to the Freshmen Team of the Season, the website announced. The honor comes on the heels of the Amsterdam, Netherlands native being named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Van Dongen, who earned first-team honors by the website, became the first Alabama player to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year. The midfielder was also named to the all-freshman team after scoring nine points on three goals and three assists. Seven of the nine points were recorded during league play.

The Netherlands native was second on the team among field players in minutes played with 1,609. She started all 19 matches for the Crimson Tide. As the season went on the newcomer got more comfortable, scoring two goals and handing out two assists in the final eight matches on the year. Team of the Season – Freshmen

Rookie of the Year: Cassie Pecht, Duke

1st Team

GK: Abby Smith, Texas

D: Cari Roccaro, Notre Dame

D: Laura Liedle, Stanford

D: Katie Naughton, Notre Dame

M: Merel Van Dongen, Alabama

M: Cassie Pecht, Duke

M: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State

F: Michele Murphy, BYU

F: Janine Beckie, Texas Tech

F: Summer Green, North Carolina

F: Makenzy Doniak, Virginia


2nd Team

GK: Emma Newins, Georgetown

D: Christen Westphal, Florida

D: Hanna Gardner, North Carolina

D: Maya Theuer, Stanford

M: Ashley Meier, Virginia Tech

M: Dani Weatherholt, Santa Clara

M: Mallory Weber, Penn State

F: Taylor Smith, UCLA

F: McKenzie Meehan, Boston College

F: Crystal Thomas, Notre Dame

F: Ifeoma Onumona, California