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Dragons Sweep Jayhawk West Honors; 7 Earn All-KJCCC

By Hutchinson CC Sports Information

 

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Hutchinson Community College Women’s Soccer team swept all three major conference awards and had seven members of the 2022 team earn All-Jayhawk West honors, the league announced on Friday.

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Blue Dragon sophomore forward Hadlie Lowe was named the Jayhawk West Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year. Sophomore Lexi Jack was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Head Coach Sammy Lane was named the Coach of the Year.

This is the fourth time since 2010 that the Blue Dragons have swept all three major league honors. The Dragons also swept awards in 2010, 2011 and 2016.

Four other Blue Dragons earned all-Jayhawk West honors this season.

In addition to Lowe and Jack earning first-team all-league honors, midfielder Aimee Maher and defender Ella-Mae Miller were also named to the first team. Defender Zara Lawless and forward Adriana Delgado were named to the second team.

The Blue Dragons finished the 2022 season with a 14-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the Jayhawk West with 10-3. The Dragons advanced to the Region VI semifinals this season.

HADLIE LOWE – OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lowe is just the second Blue Dragon ever to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, joining Alicia Robinson (2010, 2011). This is the eighth time a Blue Dragon player has been named Offensive player of the Year

Lowe, a sophomore from Wichita, was the top scoring option for the Blue Dragons and posted career highs 20 goals, seven assists and 47 points. She had six game-winning goals this season.

Lowe had the first of her three hat tricks this season in the opener against Western Nebraska on August 26. She then scored a career single-game high four goals against Dodge City on Oct. 8 and followed that with three goals against Cowley in a 3-1 victory.

Lowe had the game-winner in a 4-3 victory over Johnson County in the Region VI opening-round win over Johnson County.

Lowe is the 13th Blue Dragon to register a 20-goal season, the first since Jordan Downing and Jazmin Hartshorn both did so in 2016.

Lowe’s 38 career goals tie Jenny Yukich (2006-07) and Danielle Sheehy (2012) for sixth-most in program history. Her 85 career points tie her with Pearl Slattery (2010-12) for 10th place. Lowe’s 14 career game-winning goals ties a school record with Melissa Hetherington.

LEXI JACK – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jack is the fifth Blue Dragon to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors, the first since goalkeeper Chiara Soergel in 2019. Jack is the first defender to win the honor for the Blue Dragons since Madison Pollack in 2016.

Jack, a two-year starter from Wichita, was one of the physical back-line defenders for the Blue Dragons, which had six shutouts this season and held opponents to one or no goals 12 times.

Jack was a big part of keeping two of the league’s top scorers off the sheet in four matchups this season – Barton’s Nina Norshee and Butler’s Kenzee Godwin, who had just one assist in two matchups.

SAMMY LANE – COACH OF THE YEAR
This is the eighth time that Hutchinson head coach Sammy Lane was named the league’s Coach of the Year, the first since 2016.

Picked to finish third in the Jayhawk West this season, Lane’s 2022 Blue Dragons got on an early roll and jumped out to a 7-0 start. The Blue Dragons became a ranked team for the first since 2017. The Blue Dragons remained in the national rankings for the remainder of the season, finishing at No. 19.

After suffering their first loss of the season, the Blue Dragons entered a four-game stretch against nationally ranked opponents and went 3-1 in that span. The signature wins were 2-1 in overtime over Coffeyville and a 2-0 shutout of Barton at the Salthawk Sports Complex on October 5.

AIMEE MAHER – 1ST TEAM
One of three three-year sophomores, Maher is a three-time all-league player, earning first-team honors this season and in 2021.

Maher, a sophomore midfielder from Greystone, Ireland, was the Blue Dragons’ second-leading scorer with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. She was a perfect 2 of 2 on penalty kicks this season.

Maher posted her first career hat trick and had a career-high seven points in a 6-0 victory over Dodge City on September 14. Her four assists tied a career high.

For her career, Maher had 18 goals, 10 assists and 46 points. She nailed 5 of 6 penalty kicks.

ELLA-MAE MILLER – 1ST TEAM
The second three-year sophomore, the defender from Devon, England, was part of a strong back line for the Blue Dragons. Miller is also a three-time all-KJCCC performer.

Miller had a career-high eight assists from the back line. She tallied two assists in a Region VI Tournament opening-round victory over Johnson County.

For her career, Miller had one goal and 14 assists.

Miller was a three-year starter the Blue Dragons. This season, Hutchinson’s defense allowed 22 goals and posted six shutouts.

ZARA LAWLESS – 2ND TEAM
The third three-year sophomore and three-year all-conference performer, Lawless served as the anchor of a strong defense for the Blue Dragons in 2022.

Lawless directed the defense, would take all the goal kicks and when a physical presence we needed, the sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, provided that as well.

Lawless had one goal and one assist this season and had two goals and three assists for her career.

Lawless was a big part of keeping the league’s top scorers in check. This season, Lawless blanked the nation’s leading scorer in Barton’s Nina Norshee off the scoresheet in two matchups this season.

ADRIANA DELGADO – 2ND TEAM
A freshman forward from Wichita, Delgado had six goals, two assists and 14 points.

Delgado had two game-winning goals, both coming in overtime. Her first golden goal came in a 4-3 opening weekend victory at Northeastern Junior College. Delgado also scored an overtime game-winner against Coffeyville.

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