UNH women's soccer honors athletes at banquet
Julie Randall

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team recently honored its student-athletes at the annual team banquet in reflection of the 2005 season

Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.), a senior goalkeeper, was honored with the Player's Award, which is presented to the team member whom the players select as deserving of special honor. This award distinguishes an individual as one who has earned the respect of her peers.

Randall started all 19 games in goal for the 'Cats and recorded a 1.67 goals-against-average with a .748 save percentage and eight shutouts. The eight shutouts were the most by a UNH goalkeeper in a single season since 1994, when Maja Hansen also had eight. Randall's conference-only numbers included a 1.25 GAA and .744 save percentage.

Junior back Kelly Collins (Bedford, N.H.) was bestowed the Honor Award. This award is presented to the player whom the coaching staff finds to have made significant contributions to the team. The staff feels the individual deserves special recognition for her efforts.

Collins, a member of UNH's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, started all 19 matches last season and recorded two points, both on assists, as an integral part of the Wildcats' defensive unit that recorded eight shutouts and surrendered just one goal three other times. She set up the goal that gave UNH a 1-0 lead against top-seeded Boston University in the semifinals of the America East Championship.

The Gold Medal Award, which recognizes 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, was given to Lindsey Smagula (Bedford, N.H.). Smagula started all 19 matches was a leader of the defensive unit who also contributed one goal and one assist to the offense.

Sophia Brand (Storrs, Conn.) was honored for her academic achievement with the Student Athlete Award, which is presented to the team member who earns the highest grade point average during the fall semester. Brand, as well as Randall and Smagula, were also recently named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll. Brand played in 11 matches and was in the starting lineup five times.

The Wildcats also recognized the contributions of the six-member senior class, which was comprised of Randall, Smagula, Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wis.), Erin Margentino (Farmington, Conn.), Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.) and Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). This class advanced to the America East semifinals all four years and compiled 38 victories, which is the second-highest total in the program's history.

UNH finished the 2005 season at 9-8-2 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the America East Championship for the fourth consecutive season.

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