DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team was honored by head coach Michael Jackson and his staff at the team’s annual banquet that was held Feb. 2.
Senior captains Nicole Lucey (Keene, N.H.) and Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) garnered the Player’s Award, which is presented to the team member(s) who the players select as deserving of special honor as the award distinguishes the individual(s) who has earned respect from her peers.
Nicole Lucey

The Honor Award, which is presented to the player(s) who the coaching staff finds to have made significant contributions to the team and feels the individual(s) deserves special recognition for her efforts and work ethic, was handed out to junior forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) and junior midfielder Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.). Sheehan also won the award last year and is only the second two-time winner in the award’s history. Chiara Best won the award in 2003 and 2004.

The Gold Medal Award, which is given to 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, went to junior midfielder Julie O’Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.).

Caitlyn Serafine
A pair of Wildcats picked up the Student Athlete Award, which is presented for having the highest grade point average during the traditional season of competition. Sophomore goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) earned the award for the second straight year, while junior forward Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) was a first-time recipient.

Lucey started every game at back for the Wildcats, leading them on and off the field while contributing to a defense that played a major role in the Wildcats’ eight shutouts, as well as their 0.88 goals-against-average and .820 save percentage that were ranked 67th and 76th in the country, respectively. Lucey was also named to the America East All-Championship team for her solid play in the America East Championships.
Serafine put together a fine season for the Wildcats this year as she started all 20 games for the team and was a consistent contributor on its tough defense. The back
Michelle Sheehan
collected five points on two goals and one assist, and was named to the America East All-Conference First Team, the NEWISA All-New England Second Team, the America East All-Academic Team and the America East All-Championship Team. She was also selected to play in the NEWISA 2007 Senior Bowl on Dec. 12 at Bryant University

Sheehan, who was recently named a co-captain for the 2008 season, finished the 2007 campaign with 11 goals and 25 points, which was the fifth-highest goal total and sixth-highest point total in a single season at UNH. That effort earned her the 2007 America East Striker of the Year award and had her named to the America East All-Conference First Team, the NSCAA Division I All-Northeast Region Second Team, the NEWISA All-New England First Team, the SoccerBuzz All-Northeast Region Third Team and the America East All-Academic Team. She was also named America East Player of the Week for the weeks ending Sept. 3 and Oct. 7.

Caitlin Whelan
Whelan gave Sheehan a run for her money all season long, leading the team in assists (7), but finishing behind Sheehan in goals (5) and points (17). Whelan was named America East Midfielder of the Year and was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, the NSCAA Division I All-Northeast Region Third Team, the NEWISA All-New England First Team and the SoccerBuzz All-Northeast Region Second Team. She was also selected as America East Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 9.

O’Shaughnessy, who was also recently selected as a co-captain for the 2008 season, played in all but two games, notching two goals and two assists for a total of six points. Her season was highlighted by a three-point effort against the University at Albany on Oct. 7. O’Shaughnessy earned her first goal of the season and assisted on a Sheehan goal in the contest. A week later O’Shaughnessy scored the game-winning goal against the University of Vermont in a 2-1 win.

Yost played 10 games in net for the ‘Cats, posting four shutouts to go along with a 0.87 GAA and an .820 save percentage. Yost ranked 73rd and 77th in the country in those
Julie O'Shaughnessy
two respective categories.

Hourihan played in 19 games, tallying two points on a goal.

The Wildcats, who also honored their senior class consisting of Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.), Kailyn Mulcahy (Dover, N.H.) Katie Lutar (Guilford, Conn.), Rhyan Radack (Madbury, N.H.), Serafine and Lucey, finished the season with an 11-7-2 overall record, including a 6-1-1 conference mark that crowned them America East Regular Season Co-Champions. The win total was the second highest in program history and the ‘Cats were awarded their first ever No. 1 seed in the America East tournament. The Wildcats hosted the championship game for the first time in school history. It was the second
Ally Yost
championship game for the Wildcats, who also made it to the final game in 1998.
Sara Hourihan

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