|SMU's Melissa Mondo named First Team All-MIAC
When the Cardinals were eliminated from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs with 4-2 loss to Hamline, Mondo was done climbing reaching No. 3 in career goals (50), fourth in career points (94) and fifth in assists (44).
Friday, Mondo climbed another wrung on another SMU all-time list when she was named to the All-MIAC First Team for the third time. Only three SMU players Missy and Mindy Westergren and Mo Hayes have been named to the all-conference first team more often than Mondo.
The SMU senior closed out her final season leading the team in all three offensive categories, while guiding the Cardinals to a 9-7-2 conference record and their seventh straight MIAC playoff appearance. Mondo netted nine goals and added 10 assists for 19 points.
Teammates Amy Madden (East Grand Rapids, Mich.), Laura Mueller (St. Paul, Minn.) and Amanda Gage (Lino Lakes, Minn.) were honorable mention selections. Mueller was second to Mondo in goals (6), assists (8) and points (14), while Madden shared the team's goal-scoring lead (9) and was third in points with 13. Gage, meanwhile, appeared in seven of SMU's 18 conference games, posting a team-leading 2.19 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage.
Mueller, meanwhile, was also the Cardinals' selection to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team. As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.