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Four Broncos named to women's soccer All-MAC teams

Nov. 8, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Four members of the Western Michigan University women's soccer team earned all-league accolades from the Mid-American Conference.

Juniors Katie Ruzinsky of Shelby Township, Mich., and Andrea Tyler of Brighton, Mich., were named to the All-MAC First Team while junior Chelsea McNally of Tucson, Ariz., and senior Michelle Palazzolo of Sterling Heights, Mich., claimed second-team honors.

Ruzinsky, a second-team honoree in 2003, was named to the first team for the first time in her career, as was Tyler. Ruzinsky appeared in all 21 matches for the season and owns 11 points on three goals and five assists. Tyler tops the roster with six assists and is fourth all-time in career assists with 15. The Broncos had not had a player named to the first team since Megan Ramey in 2000.

McNally has enjoyed a breakthrough season offensively from her position in the Bronco defense. She currently leads the squad with six goals and is tied for second in points. Palazzolo is just the second WMU women's soccer player in school history to earn all-league honors on three occasions. She has been named to the All-MAC Second Team each of the past three seasons.

"Each of these individuals has played a key role in the success of this program not only this season, but in other recent years as well," said coach Mike Haines. "We are very pleased that they have been recognized for their accomplishments on the field."

The Broncos, who won the 2003 MAC championship, were ousted in the semi-finals of the 2004 tournament and finished with an overall record of 11-6-4.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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