Women’s Soccer Honored at Annual Banquet

DURHAM, N.H. - The 2010 University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was honored at its annual awards banquet, which was held at the Elliott Alumni Center on Feb. 19.

From left to right, seniors
Guerra, Marika Poshen,
LeBlanc, Amy Avitabile
and Ashley

Senior midfielder Ashley Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) earned a pair of awards on the afternoon. The tri-captain, who played forward, midfield, and in the back during her senior campaign, was chosen by her teammates as the Player's Award winner. The award 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, Avitabile was also honored with the Student-Athlete Award, which is presented for having the highest grade point average during the traditional season of competition. Avitabile's leadership and versatility were major contributors to the team's 2010 successes.

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 senior midfielder Carole LeBlanc (Grand Digue, New Brunswick). LeBlanc started 19 of the 20 games during the 2010 season and led the Wildcats in scoring with four goals – three of which were game-winners – for a total of eight points. During her three-year soccer career at UNH, LeBlanc, who spent one year with the UNH women's ice hockey team, played a total of 48 games.

The Barros Family Award was established during the 2008 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 sophomore goalkeeper Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass).

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 midfielder and tri-captain, Cassie Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.). Throughout her career, Guerra, who was also the Barros Family Award winner in 2009, played an impressive 66 games. Guerra's vision and distribution was a major asset throughout her career. In addition, Guerra was selected to the America East Academic Honor Roll.

Senior midfielder, Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) was also a vital contributor to the Wildcats during both the 2010 season, as well as her career. During the 2010 campaign, Avitabile started 15 of the 20 games and had one game-winning goal. Avitabile, who is the 2009 UNH Women's Soccer Gold Medal Award winner, battled back from two ACL injuries throughout her four-year career. She was named a 2010 UVM Classic All-Tournament and the 2007 All-Rookie Team Selection.

Senior back and tri-captain, Marika Posehn (Duncan, British Columbia) played a major role in the success of the 2010 Wildcats. During her career as a Wildcat, Posehn played a remarkable 75 of a possible 77 games. She started 63 games and missed only two contests due to injury. Posehn's athleticism and commitment to fitness were exemplary. Posehn is also a 2007 America East All-Rookie Team member and America East Honor Roll selection.

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