Dec. 7, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale junior midfielder/back Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.) has been elected captain for the 2006 season by her teammates. The announcement was made at the annual team banquet Dec. 2, where the team awards were handed out. Senior goaltender Kate Crandall (Chapel Hill, N.C.) received the Amanda Walton Award, senior forward Katie Rivkin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) received the Coaches Award and freshman midfielder Laura Pierce (Rutland, Vt.) received the Senior Award.
Orrico, who was named first team All-Ivy and All-Region in addition to earning Academic All-Ivy recognition, was a key player on both ends of the field for the Bulldogs. She generated 52 shots (second on the team) while also anchoring a defense that allowed only 14 goals over the final 11 games. She made a smooth transition from left back to center midfield/center back, finishing with two goals (one game-winner) and three assists for seven points. She also took on a new role as attack corner striker and was the left trail on defense corners.
Orrico follows in the footsteps of her brother C.J., who was the Yale baseball captain in 2005.
Crandall helped Yale to a 1-0 victory over Harvard this season, marking the Bulldogs' first victory over the Crimson since 1998. She finished this season with a 1.43 goals-against average and .796 save percentage. The Walton Award 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. It is named after Amanda Walton '02, who has been an inspiration to the Bulldogs. After her sophomore year at Yale, Walton 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.
Rivkin, who scored the game-winner against Harvard, received the Coaches Award as the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. She is a three-time member of the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
Pierce received the Senior Award, 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.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity