CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) was named America East Striker of the Year for the second straight season to highlight the conference awards for the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team as announced by the conference Wednesday afternoon.
Sheehan, who was named the 2007 Striker of the Year after tallying the fifth-highest goal total (11) and sixth-highest point total (25) in a single season at UNH, becomes the first two-time Striker of the Year in program history.
Sheehan, who garnered the third America East Player of the Week award of her career Oct. 13, was also named to the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year and was joined there by senior midfielder Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.), who was a member of the 2007 First Team, as well.
Freshman midfielder Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) was also honored for her play this season as she was named to the All-Rookie Team. The Wildcats have now had at least one player selected to the All-Rookie Team for eight consecutive seasons.
Despite missing seven games early in the season, Sheehan has still managed to record 13 points on six goals and one assist in 10 games. The co-captain ranks second in the conference in points per game overall (1.30) and in conference play (0.60), as well as goals per game overall (1.57) and in conference play (0.71). As she closes in on the end of her collegiate career, Sheehan sits in seventh on both UNH’s all-time goals (23) and points (55) list.
Whelan, the 2007 Midfielder of the Year, ranks third on the team in goals (3) and assists (3), and fourth in points (9) after playing in all 17 games this season. In just two seasons in a UNH uniform, Whelan has collected 10 assists and is just one helper away from cracking the top 10 on the Wildcats’ all-time assists list.
Gilkenson has played in all 17 of the Wildcats’ contests this season and recorded five points on five assists. The five assists are tied for the conference lead among rookies and are the fourth most in a single season at UNH.
The third-seeded Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. when they play host to No. 6 Binghamton University in an America East quarterfinal matchup at Lewis Fields. The winner travels to take on No. 2 Stony Brook University on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.