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Seven Tigers, Coach Honored by Conference USA

Regular-season champion Colorado College won a pair of Conference USA's top individual awards and had a school-record six players earn all-conference honors in a ballot of the league's head coaches.

Midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis ’15 was named Midfielder of the Year, while head coach Geoff Bennett was tabbed Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Defender Katie Uyenishi '14, midfielder Jessie Ayers ’15, and goalkeeper Kate Scheele ’16 joined Vandersluis as first-team selections. Defender Kecia Morway ’14 was named to the second team, while midfielder Sarah Schweiss ’16 was a third-team pick. Forward Chanisse Hendrix ’17 earned a spot on the all-freshman team.

Vandersluis, who earned all-conference honors for the first time, led C-USA with nine assists and tied for sixth in the league with 19 points, both of which were career highs. She also tied her single-season high with five goals.

Bennett guided Colorado College to its second straight regular-season crown with an 8-1-1 mark and a spot in the C-USA playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons as an affiliate member of the conference. He joins SMU's John Cossaboon (2005-06) as the only back-to-back recipients of the league's Coach-of-the-Year award since it was instituted in 1995. Now in his 10th season at CC, Bennett is 111-60-26 (.629) with the Tigers and 159-101-36 overall.

Colorado College, which won its second straight regular-season crown with an 8-1-1 mark, begins postseason play on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. CT against either Tulsa or UAB in quarterfinal match of the Conference USA Tournament at Rice University in Houston, Texas.