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Hino Voted 2011-12 Yale Captain

Hino Voted 2011-12 Yale Captain

Three Others Receive Team Awards

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Miyuki Hino, who started all 17 games and scored three goals this fall, has been elected captain of the 2011-12 Yale women's soccer team. The announcement was made at the post-season banquet following a team vote.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be voted captain, particularly with this incredible group of girls," Hino said. "I'm really looking forward to the upcoming year with such a talented, fun group."

Hino's three goals tied for fourth on the team. She scored the game-winning goal against Sacred Heart and also had goals against Columbia and Saint Peter's. Hino was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in each of her first two years.

Next year, she will be one of three seniors on the roster, joining Enma Mullo and Alana Gebhart. Hino takes over from Becky Brown.

"As a class, I think we've learned a lot from the leadership of this past senior class," Hino said. "Every senior, not only Becky, contributed their own style of leadership, and I hope we can build on their example. We may not be as big in number, but we're a very driven, hard-working class, and I'm confident we will do everything we can to win an Ivy League championship."

Three awards were presented at the banquet as well. Mullo was named the team's most improved player. She earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after finishing with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists). As a sophomore in 2009, she had one goal and started nine games.

Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu was selected as the team's most valuable player. Sumiyasu, a first team All-Ivy selection, led the Ivy League with 77 saves. She started 16 games and had a 1.16 goals against average with an .811 save percentage.

Shannon McSweeney won the Captain's Cup as Yale's rookie of the year. McSweeney started all 17 games on defense and helped the Bulldogs post four shutouts.

Yale won six of its final eight games to finish 8-8-1 overall and 3-4 in Ivy play. The Bulldogs have finished with a .500 or better overall record in nine straight years.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity