DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team recently announced that senior midfielder Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.), senior forward Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) and senior back Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were selected as captains for the upcoming 2011 campaign.
"Our team is excited about the selection of Stephanie, Alyssa and Kelly as captains for our 2011 season," said head coach Michael Jackson. "Each of these individuals has demonstrated leadership qualities both on and off the field. Equally important is their commitment to our program and passion for soccer."
Gilkenson, a versatile player with experience at the midfield and forward positions, appeared in 13 games last season including seven starts. She notched a pair of goals and added two assists in a total of 12 shots on the season. In 2008 as a freshman, Gilkenson enjoyed her most successful season as she recorded five points on five assists, which ranked her second and sixth on the team in those respective categories, and was named to the America East All-Rookie Team for her efforts. Gilkenson, an English major, was selected to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2009 as well as the America East Honor Academic Honor Roll in 2010.
In high school, Gilkenson was a four-time Division I champion at LaSalle Academy, where she made First Team All-State as a junior, Second Team All-State as a sophomore and First Team All-Division as a freshman. Gilkenson was also a member of the Cape Cod Crusaders club team for four years, helping them to the U.S. Club National Championship in 2007, as well as the Super Y Regional Championship.
Michel played in 20 games last season for the Wildcats, including six starts, and registered five points on one goal and three assists. Michel notched the first points of her UNH career during the 2009 season when she scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Hartford. Michel, a psychology major, was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll the last two seasons.
Before transferring to UNH, Michel started in 16 of 22 games played in one season at Mesa State College (Grand Junction, Colo.), where she was second on the team in both goals (6) and points (13) en route to being an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Third Team selection. Michel was a four-year letterwinner at Bellingham High School where she was a two-time All-Conference selection and a three-time league champion.
Mooney, who once again anchored the backline for the Wildcats last season, started all 20 games, notched her first career point and was named to the America East All-Conference First-Team. In 2009, Mooney started in 18 contests and was tabbed to the America East All-Conference Second Team after leading a backfield that allowed just 1.47 goals per game. Mooney, a kinesiology major, was selected to the America East Academic Honor Roll in 2008 and 2010.
Mooney was a four-year letterwinner at Canton High School and was named the Massachusetts Division II Player of the Year. She also garnered Massachusetts All-State and All-New England honors and was also named MVP of the Eastern Massachusetts Hockomock League.
The Wildcats will kick off their season on Aug. 23 when they play host to the University of Massachusetts.