Mercy Women's Soccer Announces Team Awards
The Mercy College women's soccer team announced its end-of-the-season awards, honoring the top student-athletes from the 2010 season.
The fall campaign was notable, with a 7-9 overall record. The Mavericks earned four more wins than the previous season, and finished a mere one win shy of making it to the East Coast Conference Championships. All awards were chosen by the coaching staff, under the direction of second year head coach Jon Feinstein.
Three student-athletes split Most Valuable Player honors: one from the offensive, one from the midfield, and one from the defense.
Freshman Shelby Martino (Portola Hills, Calif./El Toro) is the Mavericks' Offensive MVP. The ECC Rookie of the Week, for the period ending September 19, was third on the team in both points (7) and goals (3). She scored the game-winning goal in a non-conference win over Post University.
Taking the Midfield MVP award is Andrea Nash (Katonah, N.Y./Somers). The senior led the Mavericks in points (9) and was tied for the team lead in goals (4). Two of those goals came in a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win against St. Thomas Aquinas on October 9.
The Defensive MVP is freshman Caitlin McKenna (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa). McKenna, who played in all 16 games for the Mavericks, was a major force for the defense, which allowed 29 goals on the season and an average of 12.8 shots against per game. She scored the game-winning goal in her first ever college game, the season opener, a 3-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas. The rookie also takes the Newcomer of the Year award, for her impact as a first year player.
The Most Improved Player award was split between two student-athletes. Freshmen Reid Coffey (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) and Christina Boccio (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) both worked hard during the season, and made significant improvement. Coffey, a defender, tallied one assist, though she was more valuable in the defensive end. Boccio, a midfielder, was vital in the team's transition into the offensive end. When pressed into service, Boccio even stepped into goal for the season finale, making three saves.
The Raul Gonzalez Award, given to the player who is an example to her teammates through dedication and work ethic, is awarded to junior Caitlin Wilson (West Windsor, N.J./Mercer CC).
The Unsung Hero for the Mavericks this season is Jackie Sabel (Pewaukee, Wis./Kickapoo (Mo.)/UW- Milwaukee). The junior forward was an integral part of the Mavericks' offense, and scored a goal in Mercy's win over St. Thomas Aquinas College on September 4.
Freshman Stephanie Manta (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) is given the 12th Man Award. The midfielder played in all 16 games for the Mavericks, scoring the game-winning goal in Mercy's win over Nyack on October 11.
The Maverick Award, awarded for honor tough play and for being a leader both on and off the field, is given to junior defender Dana Harjus (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst). Harjus scored the game's lone goal in Mercy's win over Pace on October 28.
Several student-athletes were feted for leading the team statistically.
Freshman Jackie Karras (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) is the Leading Scorer for Mercy. The rookie forward tied for the team lead with four goals and was second in points with eight. She also led the Mavericks in shots and shots on goal, with 31 and 17, respectively. She recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Bloomfield, earning her ECC Rookie of the Week laurels.
With three assists, midfielder Alison Mrowinski (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) is the Assist Leader for the Mavericks.