The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had a pair of players earn All-Great Lakes Region honors, as both senior Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and junior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) received Third Team All-Region accolades as the NSCAA announced its annual award winners on Friday. Both Craven and Cronin earned All-Region recognition for the second straight season.
Craven closed out a terrific four-year career with her second straight First Team All-Horizon League honor as a senior in 2015, tying for the team lead in assists and finishing second on the squad in goals (6) and points (15). She finished her career ninth in program history in goals, tied for fourth in assists and eighth in points. Nine of her 14 career goals were of the match-winning variety, second-most in Crusader history.
Cronin joined Craven as a repeat member of the First Team All-Horizon League after another standout year on the attack. Cronin paced Valpo with seven goals, three assists and 17 points on the year, and tied for second in the Horizon League with her seven goals. She tied for eighth on Valpo’s single-season goal-scoring chart this year and has boosted her career total to 17 goals, sixth-best all-time at Valpo and just one goal shy of fourth position.