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Wentzel, Graham and Armstrong headline All-NCAC team

(L-R) Drew Wentzel, Jacquie Graham, Maggie Armstrong, Grace Murray and Meg Wozniak
(L-R) Drew Wentzel, Jacquie Graham, Maggie Armstrong, Grace Murray and Meg Wozniak

The Denison trio of Drew Wentzel, Jacquie Graham and Maggie Armstrong headlined the 2016 All-North Coast Athletic Conference team by sweeping the Player of the Year awards.

Wentzel, who was the 2014 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, earned her second-straight NCAC Defensive Player of the Year award after anchoring the DU backline from her center back position. The junior defender also earned her third-straight All-NCAC first-team selection after helping the Big Red post a 0.96 goals-against average and nine shutouts. In addition, Wentzel has also scored three goals and provided two assists this season. The Schaumburg, Ill. native received the program's sixth Defensive Player of the Year award and became just the second Denison player to win the honor multiple times, joining Mandy Whalen (1992-93).

Graham, who made her All-NCAC debut on the first team, had a breakout senior campaign en route to earning the conference's Offensive Player of the Year honor. In 19 matches this season, the senior found the back of the net nine times while also dishing out three helpers. Three of those nine tallies were game-winners, including a late goal against Kenyon (Oct. 15) propelling Denison to a key league victory. The Shavertown, Pa. native is the seventh player in program history to be named the NCAC's Offensive Player of the Year, joining classmate Anne Denz (2015), Jen Clemmer (2010), Kimmi Oshita (2009), Sarah Ash (2007), Sarah Finke (2000), Jill Westerfeld (1997) and Megan Whiteside (1993).

Armstrong, who elevated from the all-conference second team to the first team this season, was tabbed as the league's inaugural Midfielder of the Year award winner after totaling three goals and three assists so far this season. In the Big Red's victory at DePauw on Oct. 22, Armstrong added an insurance goal in the 44th minute of play. She has been a midfield mainstay for a DU offense that has scored 32 goals so far this season.

Juniors Grace Murray and Meg Wozniak both earned second-team All-NCAC honors this season. Murray, who made her all-conference debut, has compiled 13 points with five goals and three assists while starting all 19 matches for the Big Red. On Oct. 8, the Whitefish Bay, Wis. native scored the game-winning goal in the 29th minute against Allegheny.

A three-time All-NCAC selection, Wozniak picked up her second second-team laurel after posting three goals from her midfield position. The Kenilworth, Ill. native's biggest goal of the season came last Saturday in the championship match of the 2016 NCAC Tournament. Wozniak redirected a Denz corner kick into the back of the net in the 89th minute of play to send DU to their third tournament title in program history.

This Saturday, the Big Red (10-5-4) will take on Luther in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Kickoff for that game is slated for 2:30 p.m. EST.

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