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Brown Named Ivy League Player Of Year; Forster Shares Rookie Honors

Becky Brown. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Becky Brown. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Merrifield Earns First Team Honors; Collins, Hino Selected Honorable Mention

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It was a big day for the Yale women's soccer program. Becky Brown, who led the Bulldogs in goals (13) and points (30), was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Kristen Forster, who tied the school record for assists by a freshman, shared the league's Rookie of the Year Award with Princeton's Alison Nabatoff. In addition, Brown and Sophia Merrifield were first team All-Ivy selections, Forster earned a spot on the second team and Caitlin Collins and Miyuki Hino were honorable mention picks.

Brown, a junior forward from Lawrenceville, N.J., is only the third player in school history to be named Ivy Player of the Year. Jen Teti did it twice (1992, 93) and Laura Valade was the 1991 winner. Forster, a midfielder from Trumbull, Conn., becomes Yale's third rookie of the year selection. Crysti Howser won the award in 2005, while Lorelei Wall shared the honor in 1996.

Brown's 13 goals were second in the Ivy League and tied for the fourth most in a season in Yale history. Her 30 points were also second in the league and the fourth most in a season in school history. Three of her goals were game-winners, and she had her first career hat trick in a victory over Sacred Heart. Brown will enter her senior season with 25 career goals, 14 shy of Elizabeth Traver's school record. Brown also is tied for fifth in career assists (17) and sixth in career points (67).

Forster's nine assists led the league and tied her with Howser for the Yale freshman record. She also contributed two goals, both of which were game-winners. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring her first career goal. It came in overtime in a 2-1 victory over Cornell.

Merrifield, a senior defender from Honolulu, Hawaii, earned first team honors for the second time in her career. She anchored a Yale defense that posted seven shutouts. In her career, she started all 67 games she appeared in.

Collins, a senior from Raytown, Mo., also had a key role on Yale's defense. She started all 16 games and earned honorable mention recognition for the second time in her career.

Hino, a sophomore forward from Potomac, Md., finished second on the team in goals (4) and third in points (11). She also was an honorable mention selection as a rookie.

Yale finished the season with a 10-6 overall record and a 5-2 Ivy League mark, which was good for second place. The Bulldogs have now won at least 10 games in four of last six years.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity