Brown, Jenny Butwin & Adele Jackson-Gibson Receive Team Awards
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Becky Brown, the Ivy League Player of the Year this fall, has been elected captain of the 2010 Yale women's soccer team. The announcement was made at last Tuesday's banquet following a team vote. In addition, Brown also was the recipient of the team's most valuable player award.
Brown, a junior forward from Lawrenceville, N.J., became only the third player in school history to be named Ivy Player of the Year. Her 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).
"First and foremost, it is an amazing honor to have been elected captain," Brown said. "The honor is especially meaningful to me because it reflects the teams trust in my leadership abilities on and off the field. I hope to work together with my teammates and coaches to lead the team to a successful season by emphasizing how important hard work, determination and unity are in reaching our ultimate goal - an Ivy League championship."
Megan Ashforth, Kate Macauley, Lizz Reeves, Natalie Romine and Ayana Sumiyasu will join Brown in providing senior leadership to next year's team.
"Our class is filled with different personalities and leadership qualities," Brown said. "It's going to be crucial that we combine our qualities, work together and stay united in order to achieve our goals."
Two other awards were presented at the banquet. Jenny Butwin, a freshman from Old Westbury, N.Y., was the recipient of the Captain's Cup. She appeared in four games off the bench.
Adele Jackson-Gibson, a freshman from Buffalo, N.Y., was named the team's most improved player. She started two games in goal and earned her first career victory against Central Connecticut. In addition, Jackson-Gibson appeared in two other games as a defender.
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