February 12, 2012

Women's Soccer Honored at Annual Banquet

DURHAM, N.H. – The 2011 University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was honored at its annual awards banquet, which was held at Huddleston Hall on Feb. 11.

Senior forward Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) was chosen by her teammates as the Player's Award winner. The award 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.

2011 Women's Soccer Award Winners

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 back Jill Brown (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman forward Brianna Spitler (Montoursville, Pa.).

The Barros Family Award was established during the 2008 season 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. That honor was bestowed upon sophomore midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine).

The Student-Athlete Award, which is presented for having the highest grade point average during the traditional season of competition, was given to sophomore goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) and freshman back Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.).

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, was handed out to junior goalkeeper Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.). In addition to her award, Jackson was also named the team's captain for the 2012 campaign.

Fellow seniors Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Taylor Finley (Bedford, N.H.), Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.), Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.), Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) and Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.) were also recognized for their impact on the Wildcat program over the last four years.

Collectively, the group played in 424 games with 235 starts in their careers. They qualified for the America East tournament each season, including the 2007 championship game, earning a share of the conference regular season title. Additionally, they combined for 51 points, earning spots on the America East All-Rookie, Second- and First-Teams and four of them served as captains.


 2011 Women's Soccer Seniors

The group was equally impressive off the field, earning America East Academic Honor and Commissioner's Honor Roll appointments while three members of the class were also named to the America East All-Academic Team.

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