BOSTON - Kelly Stevens (Downingtown, Pa.), a freshman midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday.
Stevens helped UNH secure a berth in the upcoming America East Championships, which is hosted by the University of Hartford, by scoring the game-winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 victory against Binghamton University in the regular-season finale. Her tally, which gave Stevens her first career points, broke the scoreless tie in the 69th minute when she collected a midfield service from Jacquelyn Kendall near the top-right corner of the box and fired a shot inside the near post.
In her rookie season, Stevens has played in all 17 matches and been in the starting lineup 12 times, including each of the last 10 matches.
That win, combined with Stony Brook's loss to Hartford on Sunday, vaulted UNH to second place in the America East standings. The second-seeded Wildcats (10-6-1 overall, 5-2-1 America East) will play No. 3 Stony Brook in the opening semifinal game Nov. 8 (3:30 p.m.). New Hampshire has a 1-0-2 lifetime record, including this year's scoreless tie in New York on Oct. 20, against the Seawolves.
In the other semifinal, Hartford plays fourth-seeded Northeastern immediately following the UNH vs. Stony Brook match. The America East championship game is Nov. 10 (2 p.m.) and the winner of that matchup receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.