DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team celebrated a highly successful 2002 season at its banquet Feb. 16 and gave special recognition to four student-athletes on the squad.
The Student-Athlete Award, which is presented to the team member earning the highest grade-point-average during the fall semester, was presented to freshman midfielder Debbie Newman (Ashford, Conn.). Newman, an America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team selection, immediately stepped into a starting role. She recorded two points, both on assists.
The Player's Award, which is presented to the Wildcat who the players select as deserving of special honor and distinguishes the individual as someone who has earned the respect of her peers, was given to senior goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.). Ouellette, who led the league in both GAA (0.78) and save percentage (.885), was named America East Goalkeeper of the Year. In eight conference games, she recorded a 0.33 GAA and a .947 save percentage.
Senior forward Courtney Papaz (Ringwood, N.J.) was presented the Honor Award, which is bestowed upon the player who the coaching staff finds to have made significant contributions to the team and deserves special recognition for her efforts. Papaz played in 16 games and recorded two points (goal), but a true measure of her contributions was through that of an inspirational leader.
Junior back Amber Radzevich (Hampstead, N.H.) was honored with the Gold Medal Award, which is presented to the team member who, through strength of character, will and commitment, has overcome obstacles and challenges to maximize her potential and become a positive role model to the team. Radzevich was a physical presence in the Wildcat backfield despite nagging injuries.
New Hampshire earned the No. 2 seed in the America East Championships with a 5-2-1 conference record and ended the 2002 season with a 10-7-1 overall record. The 10 victories are the most since the 1998 team went 11-9-0.