Nov. 10, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — A pair of University of Iowa soccer seniors — Melanie Pickert and Cloe Lacasse — earned postseason recognition by College Sports Madness. Pickert was tabbed as a fourth-team All-American, while both Pickert and Lacasse garnered Madness first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Pickert earned the All-America distinction at the defender position after finishing the 2014 season with 15 points off seven goals and one assist. The Canton, Michigan, native started the first 20 games of the season, helping Iowa to a school-record 12 shutouts — before suffering a season-ending injury in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal victory over No. 23 Rutgers.
Pickert started the first 84 games of her Iowa career, and she finished with 15 goals and 10 assists for 40 career points.
Lacasse led the team in goals (12) and points (30), while ranking second on the squad with six assists. The forward fired off a school-record 82 shots during the season and scored three game-winning goals, including a strike in the 1-0 Big Ten Tournament semifinal victory over Northwestern, sending the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament final for a second-straight season.
The Sudbury, Ontario, native finished her career with three of the top-five single-season goal and three of the top four point totals in Iowa soccer history. Her 112 career points are tied for the most in program history, and she finished second in goals (43), game-winning goals (13), and assists (26), and first in total shots (306).
The duo also garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors by the league Nov. 4. They are the first pair in Iowa history to earn first-team honors in the same season and are just the second and third Hawkeyes all-time to garner first-team recognition.
Iowa (14-8-1) awaits word on its NCAA Tournament fate. The selection show will take place Monday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. (CT), and it will be streamed live online at NCAA.com.