Gilmanton's Crockett earns All-Region honors

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Gilmanton's Chelsea Crockett was named to the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region First-Team for the second year in a row after a stellar junior season on the California University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team. California-Pennsylvania Athletics - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
December 26, 2013
CALIFORNIA, Penn. For the second year in a row, Gilmanton's Chelsea Crockett was honored when the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region First-Team was announced on Nov. 26.

The junior midfielder, who graduated from Gilford High School after a stellar career in 2011, was a first-teamer for the second straight year at California University of Pennsylvania. Crockett tied for second on the team and 10th in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with a career-high eight goals this season, leading the Vulcans to yet another outstanding season. She also added five assists for the Division II powerhouse. The two-year starter now ranks in the top 10 all-time in school history with 22 goals and 60 points.

The number six ranked team in the country entering the NCAA Division II Tournament last month, Crockett and Cal U reached the third round of the tournament thanks to a first round bye and a win over Kutztown University (Penn.), 6-1, in the second round. In that win, Crockett tallied to lead the Vulcans to the Sweet 16, where the squad was knocked off by Slippery Rock (Penn.) in a 3-0 loss in Albany, N.Y.

Crockett, who helped lead the Vulcans to a final record of 18-3-2, had two goals in a win over Clarion University on Sept. 14, and she also added single tallies against Pitt-Johnstown, Gannon, East Stroudsburg, Mercyhurst and West Chester. Following a loss to Saginaw Valley State on Sept. 8 that put the Vulcans 0-2-1 to start the year, the team rattled off a 19 game unbeaten streak (18-0-1) before the loss to Slippery Rock.

Crockett was the PSAC Freshman of the Year in 2011 after scoring eight goals and adding seven assists, and she earned Daktronics All-Atlantic Region First-Team accolades last fall as a sophomore with six goals and four assists.

She was a four-time NHIAA All-State performer and two-year captain at Gilford High School under coach Eric Porusta. Crockett, who was a 100-goal scorer at GHS, wears number 8 at Cal U for head coach Gene Smith. Save for an early-season trip to Tennessee, the Vulcans played their entire schedule in the state of Pennsylvania before the NCAA loss in Albany. The school is about 35-40 miles south of Pittsburgh in the western part of the Keystone State.

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