Bulldogs Celebrate Memorable Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After captaining the Yale field hockey team to one of the most successful seasons in school history, senior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) was honored with a pair of awards at the annual team banquet Friday night. Weiser won both the Coaches' Award and the Walton Award for her efforts in helping the Bulldogs to a 12-win season that included a school-record six Ivy League wins. Also honored Friday night was freshman back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.), who received the Senior Award.
Weiser, the 40th captain in Yale field hockey history, has been a vocal leader ever since she arrived in New Haven. The Coaches Award that she received is given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. For Weiser, that has meant work both on and off the field. She was a second team All-Ivy League pick as a player this past season, notching three goals and five assists while leading a Yale defense that held nine of its last 10 opponents to two goals or fewer. She also earned Academic All-Ivy League honors for her work in the classroom, where she is a biology major.
The Amanda Walton Award that Weiser received is given by the Yale players and coaching staff to that team member who demonstrates the ability to confront challenges, displaying the courage to overcome them, while inspiring teammates with her work ethic and unselfish attitude. The award is named after Amanda Walton '02, who has been an inspiration to the Bulldogs. After her sophomore year at Yale, Walton -- a field hockey and lacrosse player -- was involved in an automobile accident which put her career on hold. She overcame a coma and physical injuries with hard work and dedication and currently serves as a special assistant to the Yale coaching staff.
The Senior Award that Adams received is awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey. Adams appeared in four games this past season, scoring her first career goal in a 6-0 win over Fairfield that was part of a six-game winning streak at the end of the season for the Bulldogs.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity