Two Chippewas named to All-Great Lakes Region First Team

Sophomore forward Alexis Pelafas is announced before the game against the University at Buffalo on Oct. 30 at the Soccer / Lacrosse Complex.

Sophomore forward Alexis Pelafas and senior midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Great Lakes Region First Team. 

They are the first Chippewas to ever be named to the team and are now eligible for All-America consideration.

Pelafas led the Mid-American Conference, and broke the CMU single-season scoring record, in 2016 in goals with 16. She was tied for ninth in the country in goals at the end of the season. She is also one of two sophomores to be named to the team. 

CMU is the only MAC school to have two representatives selected. 

"I think it's a tremendous accomplishment to have two players who have been recognized by the coaching staffs in the region as having outstanding seasons," said Head Coach Peter McGahey. "I think it's a recognition of a reinforcement of our values, our culture and our standards."

Van de Kerkhove had three goals and five assists in all 21 games started and played in 2016. She was selected to the Second Team All-MAC team for the second straight year.

"It's individual recognition and an individual achievement that is tremendous, but I also think it's a recognition of the team success as a whole. It also speaks to (Pelafas and Van de Kerkhove) and their first-team attitudes, and to their teammates," McGahey said.