Inzerillo Named Offensive Player of the Year; Horgan Earns Midfielder of the Year Award
Central Connecticut senior forward Giavanna Inzerillo became the second Blue Devil to win the NEC Offensive Player of the Year award in program history. CCSU's stranglehold on the Midfielder of the Year award reached a sixth year with this season’s honor going to junior Aoife Horgan.
The 2023 Northeast Conference's Women's Soccer Awards feature five Blue Devils. CCSU took home two individual awards, three All-NEC First Team selections, one All-NEC Second Team selection, and one All-Rookie Team selection.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - GIAVANNA INZERILLO
Giavanna Inzerillo has been a dominant force for the Blue Devils this season. She has led the charge for CCSU's offensive attack, topping the NEC in goals and points. Inzerillo's exceptional performances have earned her impressive national rankings, including fifth in points per game (2.00), seventh in points (34), and sixth in both goals (14) and goals per game (0.82). Her explosive offensive skills have been crucial in helping CCSU maintain an unbeaten record in NEC play for the second consecutive year. In addition to her goal-scoring prowess, Inzerillo has also showcased her playmaking abilities, finishing the regular season tied for second in the league with six assists. Her contributions have not gone unnoticed, as she has been awarded three NEC Player of the Week honors and was named to the All-NEC first team for the first time in her career. Inzerillo is the second Blue Devil to receive this award (Jenna Rae Covello 2020-21).
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR - AOIFE HORGAN
Since 2018, CCSU has dominated the NEC Midfielder of the Year award. Horgan becomes the third player from CCSU to win the award in the past six years, joining Maurer (2018) and McLaughlin, who won it four times from 2019-22. Horgan's outstanding performance this season contributed to the team's success, ranking third in the NEC in points (21), goals (eight), and goals per game (1.31). She also had three game-winning goals. She also added three game-winners. Horgan also helped CCSU's defense rank second in the circuit in goals against average (1.18) and goals allowed (20) on its way to a second consecutive unbeaten conference regular season. The Kerry, Ireland was voted to the All-NEC first team, which marked the second time in her career she has received All-NEC honors. Previously, Horgan was tabbed to the All-NEC second team in 2022 and was named to the NEC All-Rookie squad in 2021.
BLUE DEVILS NAMED FOUR PLAYERS TO ALL-NEC TEAM
Joining Inzerillo and Horgan, two members of CCSU's back line were also recognized by the league's head coaches. Junior Charlotte Simmons received a first-team nod while sophomore Kiley Yepes was named to the second team. Both Simmons and Yepes were part of a CCSU defense that was second in the NEC in goals allowed (20) and goals against average (1.18). Aoife Horgan, Charlotte Simmons, and Giavanna Inzerillo were honored as CCSU's First Team All-NEC selections.
RADONCIC NAMED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Emma Radoncic's exceptional performance on the field has earned her a well-deserved spot on the all-rookie team. She's been a consistent and valuable contributor, appearing in every game for the Blue Devils. With 3 goals, 2 assists, 8 total points, and a game-winning goal in a crucial match against FDU, Emma's impact has been undeniable.
In all, five Blue Devils were honored with either individual awards or team selections. The Blue Devils will be looking to build off the regular season awards with a strong performance in the postseason, starting Thursday at the semifinal game against Wagner at home at 6 P.M.