Nov. 13, 2009
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Lady Vol senior midfielder/forward Mick Imgram has been chosen as an at-large nominee and one of just 38 players from throughout all of NCAA Division I soccer for the Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Year award.
Fans from across the country are able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting is now open and will continue until December 15, through Big Apple Soccer (www.bigapplesoccer.com), ChicagoLand Soccer News (www.chicagolandsoccernews.com), LA Soccer News (www.lasoccernews.com), New England Soccer News (www.newenglandsoccernews.com), Philly Soccer News (www.phillysoccernews.com) and Dallas Soccer News (www.dallassoccernews.com). Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the prestigious honor while the remaining 60% will be cast by the editorial staffs of the six web sites.
The editors of each of the six sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to six local players for the award, each of which is eligible for the regional player of the year award. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within each site's coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country. A dozen additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
The Clifton, Va., native and First Team All-Southeastern Conference selection posted a remarkable 2009 season for the Orange & White. The 5-7 senior led the SEC in goals scored counting all matches with 12, while her eight tallies also guided the way counting league contests only. The 12 goals rated Imgram in a tie for third all-time in Tennessee soccer single-season history, deadlocking her with former UT standouts Kylee Rossi (12 goals in 2007), Kim Patrick (2001 & 2002), Rhian Wilkinson (2000) and Laura Lauter (1998). This year Imgram also joined the prestigious "20-20 Club" at Tennessee consisting of just three other Lady Vol players who totaled at least 20 goals and 20 assists during their playing careers. Imgram finished her stay in the Orange & White fifth all-time in total points with 70, tied for seventh alongside former Lady Vols Keeley Dowling and Kendyl Michner in career goals with 25 and seventh in career assists with 20. During her final campaign in the Orange & White, Imgram posted career-best streaks for consecutive matches with a goal (three) and for totaling at least one point (six). She also registered a pair of two-goal performances during wins over ETSU (2-0 on Aug. 22nd) and Mississippi State (3-0 on Oct. 9th). For her match-winning efforts in victories over Memphis and Western Carolina, Imgram was also honored as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 14th.
The 2009 Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Year Award nominees are:
BIG APPLE SOCCER
Salma Tarik, Junior, Forward, Hofstra
Tarik earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career, after leading the Pride in the regular season with 10 goals and four assists for 24 points. She became the ninth player in school history to record a 10-goal season when she converted a goal in the second half of a 3-0 win over VCU on Oct. 23. She also had two goals in a win over Towson on Oct. 4, and a goal and an assist in rapid succession in key CAA wins over William & Mary (Oct. 11) and UNC Wilmington (Oct. 16).
Vicki DiMartino, Freshman, Forward Boston College
DiMartino made a big first impression as Boston College (15-2-1, 7-2-1) tied FSU for the top spot in the ACC. DiMartino ranks second in the conference in points (32) and goals (14). She joins sister Gina in becoming the first siblings to earn the ACC Freshman of the Year honors. Gina DiMartino was selected in 2006. Di Martino was named the ACC Freshman of the Year.
Erin Guthrie, Senior, Goalkeeper, Rutgers
Named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. In conference play, she tallied the highest number of minutes played with 1,063 and allowed just six goals for a 0.51 goals-against average. The senior totaled 48 saves, posted an .889 save percentage and had five shutouts. In all games, she posted a league-best 0.43 goals-against average and allowed just eight scores over 18 games. Guthrie is the first Rutgers player to earn Goalkeeper of the Year honors since the award began in 1999.
Mary Wilks, Junior, Forward, Monmouth University
Wilks, who leads the squad with 11 goals (tied for first in NEC) and 27 points, good for third in the league, has scored six in the team's last three games of the regular season. Wilks is also tied for the NEC's top spot with five game-winning tallies. She was named first team All Conference.
CHICAGOLAND SOCCER NEWS
Melissa Henderson, Sophomore, Forward, Notre Dame
Henderson led the Notre Dame offense with 11 goals and two assists, leading the Irish to among the top teams in the nation.
Lauren Fowlkes, Junior, Forward, Notre Dame
Fowlkes earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors after totaling 11 points, including five goals in conference action. Her conference point total ranked as the fifth-highest, while her five goals were third-best. Fowlkes was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 28 and was named to the weekly honor roll on Oct. 12. She also helped lead the Irish to their 12th Big Eastregular-season title. Fowlkes is the sixth consecutive Irish player to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Lauren Cheney, Senior, Forward, UCLA
Cheney has had another successful campaign with the Bruins. The Indianapolis native broke the school record for the most game-winning goals in a career, earning her 12th of the season and 27thof her career. Cheney has scored 13 goals this season.
Lindsay Campbell, Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Indiana University
Campbell has been the rock for the IU women. Campbell has allowed just seven goals in her 12 appearances, for a 0.57 goals against average, tops in the Big Ten. She posted seven shutouts .
Sarah Hagen, Sophomore, Forward, UW-Milwaukee
Hagen ranks fourth in the country for points per game with 2.39. Hagen tallied 19 goals and five assists in 18 games, for 43 total points. Hagen earned Horizon League Player of the Year honors for her successful campaign.
Danielle Mutters, Senior, Defender, Illinois State
The Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, she anchored a defense that had a league best goals against average of 0.67 enroute to a league championship.
DALLAS SOCCER NEWS
Courtney Barg, Sophomore, Midfielder, Notre Dame
Barg became the first member of the Fighting Irish to be named the conference's BIG EAST midfielder of the year since Jen Buczkowski earned the award as a junior in 2005 and just the third all-time (Anne Makinen 2000). Barg has been a steadying presence all season long in the Irish midfield, having started 19 games for the Irish. She has notched a goal and two assists for four points with her goal proving to be the game-winning strike versus Northwestern on September 20.
Kenzie Scovill, Freshman, Forward, SMU
Scovill led SMU in scoring as a freshman with six goals and one assist, including three game-winning goals. Scovill, from Lewisville, Texas, showed a nose for the goal on a team that needed more like her.
Mallory Baum, Freshman, Midfield, SMU
Baum scored the game-winning goal against Rice and also has started every game this season. She has played 80 minutes or more in 13 of 18 games this season, and played all but 51 minutes (959 total) during C-USA play. She started her career with 355 consecutive minutes played over SMU's first four games. The freshman has been a prime example of consistency on a very youthful team.
Jackie Torda, Sophomore, Midfield, TCU
The sophomore midfielder from Colleyville was named second-team All-Mountain West. She scored four goals and one assist, as well as serving as the engine of the TCU offense. In just two seasons, Torda is already sixth in career goals for the Horned Frogs with 16. She scored two of the three TCU goals, including the game-winner in a crucial 3-2 overtime win at UNLV two weeks ago and was Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for that game. She has been a success every year of her career at TCU.
Rachel Shipley, Junior, Midfielder, Texas A&M
Shipley was named to the All-Big 12 first team. The Plano native is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and was named to the 2007 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. She leads the Aggies with seven assists and 19 points and has also scored six goals. Shipley was a Big 12 Player of the Week on Oct. 6.
Taylor Lytle, Sophomore, Midfielder, Texas Tech
Lytle became the first Texas Tech player to earn an All-Big 12 first team selection since 1998. In only two seasons, Lytle ranks second on the career assist chart (19), ninth in points (37), fourth in shot attempts (154). Her three selections to an All-Big 12 team ties Kristy Frantz for the most in school history as Lytle was a second team and all-newcomer team member last year.
LA SOCCER NEWS
Sydney Sophomore, Forward, Leroux, UCLA
Leroux has scored 15 goals and assisted on two others for the Bruins, for a total of 32 points. She is third in the Pac-10 in points, points per game and goals and second in game winning goals with six.
Lauren Cheney, Senior, Forward, UCLA
A double local nomination for the award (see above)
Kristen Olsen, Senior, Goalkeeper, USC
Olsen has been one of the busiest goalkeeper in the Pac 10, making 80 saves in 16 games, while posting 7 shutouts. She was twice named conference player of the week.
Andrea Willis, Senior, Defender, Brigham Young University
Wills, who started every game for BYU was names Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. She has scored five goal this season.
NEW ENGLAND SOCCER NEWS
Vicki DiMartino, Freshman, Forward Boston College
DiMartino was a double local nomination for the award. (See above)
Devin Petta, Freshman, Forward, Northeastern
Petta is the first women's soccer player in league history to earn Colonial Athletic Association Player and Rookie of the Year accolades in the same season. The Whitman, Mass. native tops the CAA with 35 points and is tied for the conference lead in goals (14) and game-winning goals (7). The 35 points are the most-ever for a Northeastern player in a season and the 14 goals tied a school record. Petta tallied at least one point in nine of the Huskies' 11 CAA contests .
Brittany Taylor, Senior, Defender, Connecticut
Taylor was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year adding to her preseason selection of Big East Defensive Player of the Year. She also won the award in 2007, becoming the second UConn player to earn the honor twice following former Huskies standout Sara Whalen who won the award in 1995 and 1996. Taylor earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 21 and helped anchor a UConn defense that recorded six shutouts, including four in conference play.
Emily Pallotta, Senior, Midfielder, Boston University
Pallotta is second in the conference in goals (7) and tied for third in points (16). A tri-captain, she was a first-team all-conference honoree in 2007 and a second-team choice last year and has had a banner year in 2009. With a career-best 16 points already under her belt this season, Pallotta has cracked the top ten on BU's all-time scoring list with 45 career points. She led the Terriers to a third straight America East Championship.
Katherine Sheeleigh, Junior, Forward, Harvard
Leads the Crimson with eight goals and 20 points, Sheeleigh scored twice in Harvard's 2-1 win over Dartmouth, as the Crimson clinched at least a share of its second straight Ivy League title and automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. She has eight gopals and four asssits for 12 points, third best in the Ivy League
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS
Jill Hutchinson Senior., Forward, Wake Forest University
Hutchinson leads Wake Forest with 13 goals and 29 points on the season , She was named First Team All-ACC . The 13 goals in a single-season record at Wake Forest and she has also become the school's career all-time goals leader with 35 in her four seasons . She ranks third in the ACC in goals and fourth in points. Hutchinson was named ACC Player of the Week after scoring two goals in Wake's 3-0 upset victory against then-No. 5 Florida State. She has three multi-goal games on the season and has scored four game-winning goals in 2009.
Heidi Sabatura, Freshman, Forward, Villanova
Sabatura is the first Villanova player to earn the Big East Rookie of the Year award. The freshman was named the Big East Rookie of the Week three times this season (Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and Sept. 28) and totaled 18 points, including seven goals. In 11 conference games, she had seven points, including three goals.
Christa Matlack, Junior, Forward, Bucknell
Matlack was named Patriot League Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year Matlack leads the league in both goals (9) and points (20) per game (16). She has been especially hot over the last month, as she has eight goals and two assists in her last eight games. In conference play Matlack logged two-goal games in victories over Lafayette, Navy and Holy Cross.
Danielle Toney, Junior, Forward, Penn State
Led the Nittany Lions with 12 goals and also had 6 assists for a total of 30 points. Was tied for the Big Ten lead in points with team mate Katie Schoepfer. Four of her goals were game winners, also tied for the Big Ten lead. She was a two time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree.
Tiffany McCarty, Sophomore, Forward, Florida State
Followed up being named the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year with wining the 2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year award. She is currently leads the conference in points (36) and goals scored (15). McCarty is a major reason Florida State (14-3-1 overall, 7-2-1 ACC) earned a share of first place in the final regular-season standings and will enter this week's ACC Women's Soccer Championship at Cary, N.C., as a No. 1 seed.
Mick Imgram, Senior, Midfielder, Tennessee
A native of Clifton, Va., she led the Southeastern Conference in goals scored with a career-high 12 on the way to first-team All-SEC honors. She also registered three assists and 27 total points. Her 12 goals were tied for the third-most in a single-season in Lady Vol history and counted for 52% of the 23 total goals scored by Tennessee during the 2009 campaign.
Kelley O'Hara, Senior, Forward, Stanford
The team captain on nation's No. 1 ranked team, O'Hara broke school record for points in a season (49 points; 20 goals, 9 assists) and tied Stanford's single-season record for goals (20), ranking her third in the nation.
Katherine Boone, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Dayton
Earned the Atlantic 10's Defensive Player of the Year honor after registering 12 shutouts and 45 saves in leading Dayton to its first A-10 regular season title since 2004. The freshman keeper ranks first nationally with a 0.22 goals against average and third in save percentage (.918) while boasting an 11-0-5 record.
Whitney Weinraub, Senior, Forward, Charlotte
Enters this week's A-10 Championship (Nov. 5-8) as the A-10 leader in goals (13), points (32) and game-winning tallies (six), with eight of her goals coming in Conference play. A three-time Player of the Week selection this season, the junior forward is the first student-athlete to repeat as Offensive Player of the Year since the award's inception in 2000.
Michelle Enyear, Senior, Forward, Portland
A two time WCC Player of the week, she is second in the conference in both goals(13) and points (38) and ranks first in assists (12). Four of her goals have been game winners, ranking her second in the conference
Danielle Foxhoven, Sophomore, Forward, Portland
The West Coast Conference leader in goals (21) and points (50), she also has 8 assists which is third in the conference. She has a conference high six game wining goals and leads the nation in point per game, with 2.94
Malorie Rutledge, Senior, Midfielder, Louisiana State
Rutledge becomes the fourth player in league history to win SEC Player of the Year honors twice after also winning the award last season. The Sharpsburg, Ga., native led the conference with 19 points in league matches. She posted an SEC-best nine assists to go with five goals in conference play.
Morgan Marlborough, Freshman, Forward, Nebraska
She was honored as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and was chosen as Rookie of the Year. Marlborough, a freshman from Lee's Summit, Mo., currently leads the conference in points (49) and goals (21). Her goals per game (1.11) and points per game (2.58) rank second in the nation. She is the first freshman to receive a Player of the Year Award in the Big 12's 14-year history. She was also selected as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.
Shay Mannino, Junior, Goalkeeper , Central Michigan
Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, she posted a MAC-record 14 solo shutouts with a .47 goals against average that ranks seventh among NCAA Division I keepers. During Central's streak of 13 straight shutouts, clocked a personal shutout streak of 1134:26, the third longest streak any Division I keeper has put up in NCAA history . Her 26 career shutouts is the second most in school history, one shy of the school record.
Whitney Engen, Senior Defender, North Carolina
Engen anchors the back line for a North Carolina defense that has posted 11 shutouts and allowed a total of 10 goals in 18 matches.