Cairrao Named GNAC Offensive Player of the Year; Headlines Seven Wildcats on All-GNAC Team

Cairrao Named GNAC Offensive Player of the Year; Headlines Seven Wildcats on All-GNAC Team

WINTHROP, Mass. – Coming off its fourth Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship, junior forward Olivia Cairrao (Bristol, R.I.) was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year announced Monday afternoon. Cairrao highlighted seven members of the Johnson & Wales women's soccer program named to the 2019 All-GNAC team.

Cairrao's offensive player of the year selection helped her ink her names into the conference record books, becoming the fifth player in GNAC history to earn both player and rookie of the year honors. The last player to accomplish this feat was teammate Colleen Lynch in 2016. A two-time GNAC player of the week recipient this season, Cairrao registered a career-year tallying 20 goals and seven assists for 47 points. Additionally, she became fifth player in Johnson & Wales women's soccer history to register 100 points.

Sophomore forward Jordan Restivo (Utica, N.Y), senior Cat Nolan (Center Moriches, N.Y.), and junior defender Olivia Pellegrino (Richmond, R.I.) joined Cairrao on the All-GNAC first team. Junior forward Jaclyn Larsen (Florham Park, N.J.), first-year defender Chloe Henriksen (Stratham, N.H.), and senior goalkeeper Colleen Lynch (New Milford, Conn.) earned all-conference second team honors.

For the first time in her career, Restivo was named to the All-GNAC first team following a career year of 13 goals and nine assists for 35 points. The upstate New York native registered three-straight game-winning goals this season, all against conference opponents. In back-to-back wins against Lasell University and Colby-Sawyer, Resitivo recorded all four Wildcat goals, then notched the game-winner in 25th minute in a 7-1 victory over the University of St. Joseph (Conn.).

A career year tallying eight goals and nine assists for 25 points earned Nolan a spot on the All-GNAC first team for the first time in her collegiate career. Registering the game-winning goal in the 66th minute of a 2-1 road victory over conference foe Emmanuel College helped the Long Island capture GNAC player of the week honors on October 21.

Pellegrino was an integral member of an impressive Wildcat defense, which recorded a solid 1.47 goals against average and four shut-outs on the season that lead to its four the conference title.

Named to the All-GNAC second team, Lynch capped off a solid career in Providence posting a 15-2-0 recording, including an 11-1-0 mark in conference opponents. The one-time GNAC goalkeeper of the week recipient, led the conference with a 0..65 goals against average, while was second with a .875 save percentage against conference foes. 

Larsen and Henriksen were named to the All-GNAC second team for the first time in their careers. Larsen surpassed her previous season bests, registering three goals and three assists for nine points, while Henriksen joined Pellegrino to make up a solid Wildcat defense that only allowed 12 goals to conference opponents.

First-year forward Tiana Strachan (Fallbrook, Calif.) rounded out the Wildcats being named to the 2019 GNAC Sportsmanship Team.