WOMEN'S SOCCER HONORED AT ANNUAL BANQUET
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was honored at its
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annual awards banquet, which was held at the Elliott Alumni Center on Feb. 13.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) garnered several honors on the afternoon. Yost was chosen by her teammates as the Player's Award winner, which is presented to the team member(s) who the players select as deserving of special honor as the award distinguishes the individual(s) who has earned respect from her peers.
In addition, Yost was also honored with the Exceptional Achievement Award, which was established to recognize and a honor a student-athlete on the women's soccer team, whose achievements demonstrate elite qualities. The favorable recognition this individual has earned for herself, her family, the women's soccer team, the athletics department, and University are sincerely appreciated.
The tri-captain also picked up the Student-Athlete Award, which is presented for having the highest grade point average during the traditional season of competition. Yost earned the award for a program-record fourth straight year, while freshman back Chelsey Tewell (York Harbor, Maine) was a first-time recipient of the honor.
The Honor Award, which is presented to the player(s) who the coaching staff finds to have made significant contributions to the team and feels the individual(s) deserves special recognition for her efforts, was handed out to senior forward/midfielder and tri-captain, Morgan Keefe (South Burlington, Vt.).
The Gold Medal Award, which is given to the team member who, through strength of character, will and commitment, has overcome obstacles and challenges to maximize her potential and be a positive role model to the team, went to junior midfielder Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.).
The Barros Family Award was established last season as a tribute to Mrs. Gail Barros, Mr. Fernando Barros and their daughter, Lia Barros ('07), to recognize a member of the women's soccer team whose pursuit of excellence is uncompromised. Additionally, this individual is a positive life force, respected team member and one who has achieved academic success. That honor was bestowed upon junior midfielder Cassie Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.).
Yost started all 19 games in net for the Wildcats as she posted a 1.37 GAA and an .805 save percentage to go along with three shutouts. Yost, whose 107 saves ranked fourth in the conference, stopped a career-best 10 shots against UMass on Sept. 13, and recorded nine-save performances versus Holy Cross (Sept. 24) and Boston University (Oct. 1), as well as at Maine (Oct. 29). She was also named to the America East All-Academic Team and was an America East Commissioner's Honor Roll member for the fourth consecutive year.
Tewell, meanwhile, started all 19 games as a true freshman and helped anchor a defense that allowed more than two goals just twice all season. Tewell, who earned a pair of America East Player of the Game honors during the year, was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll
Keefe also started all 19 contests and led the Wildcats in scoring with three goals and four assists for 10 points. Keefe, who notched a pair of game-winning goals, recorded a career-high three points on a goal and an assist Sept. 6 at Siena and Oct. 22 at UMBC. Keefe was selected to the America East Academic Honor Roll.
Due to a knee injury for the second straight year, Avitabile played in just eight games, including two starts. She has proven to be an impact player despite these obstacles. Avitabile started 36 of 42 contests and also earned America East All-Rookie honors in 2007.
Guerra played in 18 tilts, including five starts, and posted three points on a goal and an assist. She was also named to the America East Academic Honor Roll for her third straight season. In March, Guerra will spend her second consecutive spring break volunteering for the Intervarsity/Katrina Relief Urban Plunge and is also a member of the UNH Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Wildcats also honored their senior class, which consisted of Yost, Keefe, America East All-Conference Second Team forward Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and backs Alex Hastings (Fort Collins, Colo.), Jenna Duncan (Ivyland, Pa.) and Meg Wiley (Norwell, Mass.).