BOSTON, Mass. - The United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors have been announced and Emmanuel College junior defender Kaylin Deschenes (Lynn, Mass.) has earned Second Team All-New England accolades.
After becoming the first Great Northeast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in EC program history, Deschenes earns All-Region honors following a standout campaign that saw the junior transition from her forward role last season into the backfield. The move paid off as Deschenes powered the Saints defensive unit to the best backfield in the league, collecting a program-record 10 shutouts to go along with a conference-best 0.79 goals against average over 20 contests. Deschenes was also a force going forward, leading the GNAC among defensive players with 12 points on five goals and two assists. She was named to the 2018 GNAC Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team after helping the Saints post a 0.48 goals against average in the tournament.
This marks just the fifth time is the program's history that an Emmanuel player has earned All-New England honors. Kate [McKenna] Pelaggi '10 earned Third Team d3kicks.com All-Region honors in 2007, 1st Team All-NEWISA honors in 2008 and 4th Team NSCAA honors in 2009 while Amber [DiNucci] Slone '11 also earned 4th Team NSCAA honors in 2009.
Deschenes is one of five players from the GNAC to garner All-New England honors. Saint Joseph's (ME) senior forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) earned First Team honors whole Lasell senior forward Carly Zdanek (Newton, N.J.) joined Deschenes on the Second Team. Lasell senior defender Sabrina Morais (Arlington, Mass.) and Johnson & Wales sophomore midfielder Olivia Cairrao (Bristol, R.I.) have claimed Third Team honors.
In her three years at Emmanuel, Deschenes has played in 57 contests, starting 46 while registering 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists.
Emmanuel closed the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 14-6, posting a 9-3 mark in GNAC play to earn the No. 4 seed in the GNAC postseason tournament. The Saints advanced to the GNAC Semifinals for the first time since 2015 before falling to the No. 1 seed Lasell College, 1-0, in overtime. EC graduates just four seniors from the 2018 roster and will look to build off of a strong campaign under first-year Head Coach Greg Visinho over the off-season.