Hourihan named Rookie of the Year
BOSTON - Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.), a freshman forward on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was honored as America East Rookie of the Year and four other UNH Wildcats were honored by the conference at the annual banquet Thursday night.
Hourihan was joined by forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) on the All-Rookie Team while junior midfielder Amanda Wiggins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomore back Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) were selected to the All-Conference Second Team. Sophomore forward Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) was named Honorable Mention.
Hourihan, a three-time Rookie of the Week selection in 2005, broke the UNH rookie points record of 21 established by Chiara Best in 2001with 24 points this season. She leads the team in both goals (11) and points (24) and ended the regular season ranked second in America East in both goals per game and points per game. The 11 goals ranks sixth on UNH's list of single-season superlatives and the 24 points is ninth. Hourihan also broke the school record for consecutive games with a goal by scoring in six straight matches from Sept. 2-21. She closed that stretch with four consecutive multiple-goal games for a total of 10 goals in six games. Hourihan is the first 'Cat honored as Rookie of the Year since 1991 (Shelley Hull).
Wiggins, in her first year as a Wildcat after two seasons with Southern New Hampshire University, is a dangerous playmaker from the midfield. She is tied for the team lead in assists with three and has started 14 of 17 matches this season.
Serafine, who played as a back, midfielder and forward last year as a rookie, stepped up as a leader of UNH's defensive unit in 2005. She is a solid, physical defender who is adept at causing turnovers. She has started all 17 matches.
Sheehan, a two-time Rookie of the Week selection this season, is tied for second on the team in goals with four and is fourth in points with eight. She is the Wildcats' leading scorer in conference-only games with six points (on three goals) in eight matches.
Gonzalez-Medina, an All-Rookie Team honoree in 2004, is tied with Sheehan for second in goals with four. She is also tied with Wiggins for the team lead in assists and is tied for second in points at 11. All three numbers match last year's rookie totals, and it was her goal in the regular-season finale vs. Albany that lifted UNH to victory and the No. 5 seed in the upcoming America East Championship.
UNH (8-7-2 overall, 3-3-2 AE) plays University of Vermont in an America East first-round matchup Oct. 28 at Boston University's Nickerson Field. Game time is 11 a.m.