KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Senior defender Sam Adams has been named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region first team, officials with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday.
Sam Adams, an All-South Atlantic Conference first team selection, was one of five individuals from the SAC voted to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team. There were a total of 15 honorees from the SAC on the first, second and third team. Along with her All-SAC and All- Region laurels, Adams was an All-SAC second team member in 2012.
This season, Adams helped sparked the Lady Railsplitters to a 10-8-1 overall record — a three-win improvement from last season — and a 6-5 South Atlantic Conference mark. Lincoln Memorial finished fifth in the regular season conference standings, but wins over Catawba and top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the Food Lion SAC Championship put the Lady Railsplitters in the title match of that event. The Lady Railsplitters came within a hair’s breadth of claiming the tournament championship, but the Wingate Bulldogs scored with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 1-1 stalemate and abruptly end Lincoln Memorial’s season.
Adams was the vocal and physical leader of LMU’s defensive unit which surrendered the third-lowest number of total goals (20) and the fourth-lowest goals per game average (1.04) in the South Atlantic Conference. Due in large part to Adams’ presence in front of LMU’s net, the Lady Railsplitters outshot their foes 305-208 this season. All told, the Lady ‘Splitters recorded eight clean slates this season including a 2-0 victory over the 16th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears in the semifinal round of the Food Lion SAC Championship. The Bears entered that event having won four-consecutive SAC regular season titles and two of the last three tournament championships.
Adams was second among non-goalkeepers in minutes played for the Lady Railsplitters this season, compiling 1,672 minutes of action — which ranks sixth in LMU’s single-season history — in 19 appearances. She posted an assist with six shots and three shots on goal over that span. The Harwood, Maryland native caps her two-year stay at Lincoln Memorial with 2,990 minutes played in 35 appearances, one goal, one assist and 14 shots. The Lady Railsplitters recorded 14 shutouts during her two seasons.