HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s soccer team handed out its annual team awards at its season-ending banquet, which celebrated the accomplishments of the 2012 season. Seven awards, including Player of the Year, were handed out.
In addition to its seven awards, the team also paid tribute to the Class of 2013 for their outstanding contributions to the Dartmouth women’s soccer program.
Player of the Year Award: Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), Jr., Forward
Presented to the player, who in the opinion of both her teammates and coaches, was the most valuable on the field.
Senior tri-captain Brush carried over her excellent junior campaign into an outstanding senior season. Brush, an NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region selection, led the team with 19 points on seven goals and five assists. Her five assists were tops for a Big Green player and her seven goals were second best on the squad. Additionally, the Michigan native led the team with three game-winning goals. For her efforts she was named Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 10) and also earned first-team All-Ivy honors, her second consecutive season earning All-Ivy accolades. Brush was also stellar in the classroom earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors along with NSCAA Scholar-All Region and Academic All-Ivy recognition. Brush earns Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season becoming the first player in program history to earn Player of the Year honors twice.
Larry Garrity Award: Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Fr., Defender
Established in 1995 in honor of a faithful Dartmouth fan, this award is presented to the most outstanding first-year player, as selected by her teammates.
Friedman was a staple in Dartmouth backline this season. The right back started each of the Big Green’s 17 games. While helping hold Dartmouth opponents to just 9.6 shots per game and allowing just 13 goals in 2012, the rookie tallied eight shots. She helped the Dartmouth defensive unit to a 0.74 goals against average and seven shutouts on the season. For her effort throughout her rookie season, Friedman was awarded All-Iv League honorable mention accolades.
Keith Kurowski Award: Paige Dekker (Albuquerque, N.M.), Sr., Defender
This award was established in memory of a true soccer fan and it is presented to a player whose teammates felt displayed Kurowski’s same courage and enthusiasm despite great adversity.
Dekker saw action in 10 games this season as a member of the Dartmouth defensive unit. Not only did she help the Big Green backline average just a 0.74 goals against average, she also showcased her offensive skills by registering two shots in Dartmouth’s 3-0 win over UNH and four shots on the season.
Wally Bell Award: Kim Rose (Sacramento, Calif.), Sr., Midfielder
Established in 2002 in memory of one of the team’s most faithful fans, Wally Bell, father of Gretchen Bell ’01, who will always be remembered by the program for his caring, generosity, kindness, and support. The award is presented to the player, who in the opinion of her teammates, represents the true meaning of being a teammate on and off the field.
Rose, a tri-captain, returned to the field in 2012 after spending the 2011 season on the sidelines with injury. Rose started every game in the midfield for the Big Green and scored a goal in Dartmouth’s 2-1 win over South Florida at the UCF Tournament to open the season. For the year, Rose posted 13 shots and helped lead Dartmouth to one of its most successful season’s in recent history. Rose was a second-team All-Ivy selection in 2012.
Lucinda Fernald Cup: Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), Sr., Defender
This award was established in 1984 in honor of the first captain of the women’s varsity soccer team by a gift from the Edward Tuck ’50 family. It is presented to the player who best displays ability, leadership, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Dartmouth women’s soccer program, as selected by the coaching staff.
Solomon, a first-team All-Ivy selection and College Sports Madness first-team All-Ivy selection, led Dartmouth to one of its finest seasons in program history. A stalwart on the Big Green backline, Solomon helped Dartmouth hold opponents to just 9.6 shots per game while allowing just 13 goals in 2012. Solomon and the Dartmouth defense averaged a 0.74 goals against average as a unit. The senior tri-captain not only helped keep Dartmouth opponents off the board, she scored the game-winning goal in Dartmouth's 2-1 win over Penn (Oct. 13), which earned her Ivy League Player of the Week honors. In addition to All-Ivy League honors, Solomon was a second-team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region selection. Solomon also earned accolades for her work in the classroom. She was an NSCAA Academic All-American, Dartmouth’s first All-American since 2008, and was also named to the Scholar All-Region team.
Coaches Recognition Award: Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.), Jr., Midfielder
Presented to the player, who in the opinion of the coaching staff, has been instrumental to the success of the team through her playing ability, commitment and contribution to team spirit.
Lozier, a staple in the Dartmouth midfield, started each game in 2012 and tallied a team-best eight goals on the year, including the game-winner in the season finale at Cornell. Her 16 points ranked second on the squad and she posted a .143 shot percentage. She was also a perfect 1-of-1 from the penalty spot. Lozier, a three-time All-Ivy award winner, was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in 2012.
Goal of the Year: Marina Moschitto (Andover, Mass.), Jr., Midfielder, vs. UNH
Moschitto wins the inaugural Goal of the Year award for her timely marker in the Big Green’s 3-0 win over New Hampshire on Sept. 19. With 23 seconds remaining in the first half of a 0-0 game, Moschitto weaved her way through the New Hampshire defense, took two quick steps and drilled a shot into the upper right hand netting, give Dartmouth the advantage and shifting the momentum squarely to the home team.
The Big Green concluded one of its finest seasons with a 13-4-0, 6-1 Ivy League record and on a seven-game winning streak to close the season. Under the direction of second-year head coach Theresa Romagnolo, Dartmouth finished in second place in the Ivy League standings and posted a nine-game turnaround from the 2011 season. The Big Green’s .765 winning percentage was the second highest in program-history.
Dartmouth just completed its spring season and registered a 1-0-1 mark. The season was highlighted by a 2-2 tie with the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League. Dartmouth also took a 2-1 win over Providence.