Virginia Beach, VA - A record sixteen Johnson & Wales student-athletes were recognized a total of twenty-three times for their achievements both on the field and court of play and the classroom at the USCAA Fall Sports National Championships Awards Banquet on Thursday night.
Johnson & Wales Charlotte saw twelve of our student-athletes named to the USCAA Academic All-American teams in their respective sports. This honor goes to any student-athlete who has at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and has achieved Sophomore or above standing in their academic career. Recipients from Volleyball were Angelique Davis, Tiy Gonzalez, and Johmillet Berrios. Recipients from Men's Soccer were John Lowes and Jason Rosales. Recipients from Women's Soccer were Jaedan Smith, Sabrina Dulaney, Lana Truese, Kylie Priddy, Abigail Durisseau, Danielle Doyle, and Ashley Allen.
Volleyball extended its streak of consecutive years with at least one USCAA All-American selection as sophomore Johmillet Berrios earned 2nd Team All-American honors, while freshman Kendall Watson was named to the Honorable Mention team. Berrios led the Wildcats in both kills and points, and was 2nd on the team in digs. The sophomore from Bayamón, Puerto Rico ranked in the top 30 nationally in each of those categories as well. Watson posted team highs in kills (575) and aces (53). She has the chance to eclipse the school record for digs in a season as the Wildcats participate in the national tournament this weekend. The Elgin, SC native currently ranks 3rd nationally in digs.
Men's soccer earned the first All-American honors in the team's three year history. Two Wildcats were named to both the 1st and 2nd Teams. Juniors Jalen Jackson and Sam Fanning represented JWU on the 1st team, while fellow junior John Lowes and freshman Weeb Isaac were tabbed to the 2nd Team. Jackson, the Kannapolis, NC forward led the team in goals and points, setting single-season records in each. He also tied for the team high in assists. Fanning, a midfielder from Indian Trial, NC, posted career highs in both goals and assists, and proved to be the Wildcats steadying influence in the midfield on both sides of the ball. Greensboro, NC native Lowes started 8 matches in net for JWU, only allowing 2 goals the entire season. His Save & and Goals Against Average both ranked in the Top 5 nationally. The Harrisburg, NC forward Isaac teamed with Jackson to form a potent scoring combo. Isaac had 14 goals and 7 assists in his first college season. The 14 goals, along with 35 points were both top-15 in the nation.
Women's soccer had multiple All-American selections for the first time in their history as well. Junior goalkeeper Kylie Priddy and sophmore forward Lana Truese were named 2nd Team All-Americans. Priddy, the Waynesville, OH native, posted a career high GAA of 1.54, ranking her 15th nationally. Herndon, VA's Truese ranked 2nd on the team in both goals and assists. Those totals also ranked her among the top 20 nationally. Central Islip, NY midfielder Danielle Doyle became the first Wildcat to earn a 1st Team All-American nod. She led the Wildcats in all offensive categories, and ranked 4th nationally in goals, 5th in assists, and 4th in points.
One of the highlights of the night proved to be the naming of Doyle as the 2017 USCAA Women's Soccer National Student-Athlete of the Year. This award goes to the one student-athlete per sport that exemplifies what it means to be a "student-athlete," and there is no greater example of that than Danielle. In the classroom, she currently has a 3.86 cumulative GPA in Sports, Events, and Entertainment Management. On campus, she serves as the President of the Residential Hall Association, and is a member of the Sports Marketing Club and campus LEAD Team. She is a graduate of both the Emerging Leaders Series and the Advanced Leaders Series programs. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Green Dot program.
On the field, she was twice named USCAA National Women's Soccer Player of the Week. She broke her own school records with 5 goals and 11 points in the Wildcats' 7-0 win over USC-Lancaster on October 17th. She followed up her 2nd Team USCAA All-American selection from 2016 with her 1st Team nod this season. She is the program's all time leader in games played, goals, assists, and points. As mentioned above, she ranks in the top five nationally in each of the three major offensive statistical categories.
The second major highlight of the night was the selection of Jackson as the 2017 USCAA Men's Soccer National Player of the Year. Jackson ranked second across all divisions of college soccer with 29 goals this season. Those 29 goals and 66 points both set new single-season school records. Jalen scored in all but one of the Wildcats's 18 regular season contests. In the two week span from Sept. 15th to Sept. 30, he recorded four hat tricks in the span of six matches. He netted 4 game winning goals for JWU, and his 87 minute goal in the season finale against Bob Jones ensured an undefeated season for the team. Jackson was twice named an USCAA National Men's Soccer Player of the Week this season as well.