Women's Soccer Team Stars Earn Centennial Conference Honors

Mark Anskis

Women's Soccer Stars Earn 
Centennial Conference Honors

by Mark Anskis
11/12/10

Megan Colombo '11
Forward Megan Colombo '11

Women's soccer forward Megan Colombo '11 was named the Centennial Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year this week, while teammates midfielder Hannah Purkey '11, defender Elizabeth Mills '11, and defender Alexa Ross '12 also received All-Centennial accolades. Colombo was also named to the first All-Centennial team and Purkey to the second team, while Mills and Ross were awarded Honorable Mention All-Centennial.

Colombo is the first Swarthmore player to be named Player of the Year. She has now earned All-Centennial honors in each of her four seasons, three of them being first team selections. She also becomes the 17th player in Conference history to be selected to the First Team in three seasons.

During the 2010 season, Colombo led the Garnet in goals (nine) and points (20). In Conference play, she was ranked first in game-winning goals with four, tied for second in goals, and ranked fourth in the Conference in points. Colombo also has two All-Region team honors under her belt.

This season, Colombo broke Swarthmore's all-time career points record with 75 and career goals record with 31.

Purkey's Second Team selection is the first All-Centennial honor of her career. This season, she tied her career high with nine points with three assists and three goals. Purkey was the "Cal Ripken" of the Swarthmore women's soccer team, starting in every game in her four seasons of play. In that time, she scored eight goals, compiled 12 assists, and totaled 28 points.

Mills, a first-time Honorable Mention recipient, anchored the defense which recorded six shutouts and allowed only 18 goals all season. Mills finished a great career at Swarthmore, playing in 72 games where she put together 30 points, 12 goals, and six assists as a defender.

Ross celebrates her second All-Centennial team honors with her Honorable Mention selection.  Ross was named to the 2nd Team All-Centennial team in 2009.

The four selections mark the fifth straight year that the Garnet has had four or more players named to the all-conference team.

The Garnet finished the season with an 8-7-2 record, including a 6-4 mark in Centennial Conference play. They just missed their fifth straight conference tournament on a tie-breaker.