DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team was recently honored at its annual awards banquet, which was held at the Elliott Alumni Center.

Senior forward Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) was chosen by her teammates as the Player’s Award winner, 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.

(L-R) Nikki Golding, Michelle Sheehan, Sara Hourihan,
Kendall Dziama, Caitlin Whelan, Julie O'Shaughnessy

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 senior forward and co-captain, Julie O’Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.).

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 senior goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.).

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. Junior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) earned the award for the third straight year, while freshman back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was a first-time recipient.

A new honor was also awarded at the banquet. The Barros Family Award was established as a tribute to Mrs. Gail Barros, Mr. Fernando Barros and their daughter, Lia Barros (’07), to recognize a member of the women’s soccer team whose pursuit of excellence is uncompromised. Additionally, this individual is a positive life force, respected team member and one who has achieved academic success. The award, which was inaugurally given to Lia Barros at the Wildcats’ game against Oregon State on Sept. 19, went to freshman forward Kendall Dziama (Stratham, N.H.).

Hourihan led the team in both goals (7) and points (16) during the season, and wrapped up her collegiate career tied for fifth all-time on UNH’s career goals (26) and points (58) lists. Hourihan took home a pair of academic awards after the season, being named to the ESPN The Magazine Women’s Soccer Academic All-District Third Team and the America East All-Academic Team.

O’Shaughnessy played in 17 of the Wildcats’ 18 games and recorded two points on a goal. O’Shaughnessy played a huge role on and off the field, bringing an unmatched energy as the Wildcats’ emotional leader and captain.

Golding led the Wildcats in wins, with all four of them coming in conference play to bring her career record in America East play to an impressive 8-2-0 with three shutouts. Golding was second in the conference in saves per game (6.92) and compiled a 1.67 goals against average and an .814 save percentage to go along with one shutout.

Yost posted a pair of wins with a 1.38 GAA and .792 save percentage. The mechanical engineering major’s 4.0 grade-point average got her named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the third straight season.

Curry played in 13 games at back in her first season in Durham and shined in the classroom as she was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA.

Dziama, who played in eight games, brought an unsurpassed effort every time she stepped on to the field.

The Wildcats also honored their senior class, which consisted of Hourihan, O’Shaughnessy, Golding, forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.), the only two-time America East Striker of the Year in program history and 2007 Midfielder of the Year, Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.).


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