Brown Coach of the Year; Eight Titans Earn Conference Honors
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Demian Brown was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and eight different Titans were honored Wednesday as the 2012 All-Big West Conference teams were announced by the league office.
"I am extremely happy for the women, especially the seniors," Brown said. "To end their collegiate careers being recognized and placed on the first team is a major accomplishment. For our four honorable mentions and all-freshman team honorees, it is a great reflection as to what our future holds."
In his sixth season at the helm of the Fullerton program, Brown led the Titans to a 10-8 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Big West play to claim the school's sixth Big West Conference regular season title and its first since his rookie season in 2007 when he led Fullerton to a share of the regular season title, the tournament championship, and an NCAA Tournament berth.
"I am truly honored to be named Coach of the Year and will take great pride in sharing this with the rest of my outstanding coaching staff," Brown said.
Individually, the Titans were one of three schools with a trio of first-team all-conference selections as seniors Stacey Fox, Ann Marie Tangorra, and JeAnne Mazeau were all honored on the first team for the first time in their careers and became the first Fullerton players on the first team since defender Jenae Gibbens in 2008.
Fox, an honorable mention selection in 2008, and Tangorra, a second-team honoree in 2011, proved a powerful 1-2 punch, combining for 13 goals, five assists, and 81 shots on the season while pacing the team with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Mazeau captained the Titans' defensive front, as Fullerton allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the league en route to a 1.25 goals against average and seven shutouts -- a total that ranked second in the Big West.
Four other Titans were named to the honorable mention team as freshman forward Christina Burkenroad (5 goals, 2 assists, 20 shots), sophomore forward Rebecca Wilson (1 goal, 2 assists 49 shots), sophomore midfielder Chelsey Patterson (16 starts, 11 shots), and junior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic (1.00 GAA, 44 saves, .772 save percentage, 5 shutouts) were all recognized for their efforts by the league's head coaches.
Burkenroad, who ranked tied for 10th in the league in points (12) and tied for ninth in goals, and fellow rookie, defender Morgan Batcheller (13 starts, 1 assist), were also named to the conference's 11-member All-Freshman Team.