Gavin Named Ivy League Rookie Of Year; Mullo, Speck, Gavin Earn First Team Recognition

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Gavin Becomes Only The Fourth Yale Player To Earn Honor

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Melissa Gavin, who led the Yale women's soccer team with seven assists, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Gavin also earned first team All-Ivy recognition along with senior midfielder Enma Mullo and fellow freshman Meredith Speck.

Gavin had an outstanding rookie season for the Bulldogs. She started all 17 games, finishing with six goals and 19 points, which were both second on the team. Three of her goals and three of her assists came in Ivy play, and she was the top scoring freshman overall in the league. The Bulldogs were 4-1-1 in games where she scored a goal.

Gavin is the fourth player in school history to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining Lorelei Wall (1996), Crysti Howser (2005) and current teammate Kristen Forster (2009).

Gavin is a Duxbury, Mass., native.

Mullo shared the Ivy League lead with eight goals and was fourth with 20 points. Four of her goals were game-winners, including in overtime against Cornell. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring the winning goal against Vermont. Mullo earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition as a junior and finished her outstanding career with 13 goals and 12 assists.

She is a native of Floral Park, N.Y.

Speck made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs, scoring the game-winning goal in her first career game against Marist. She started all 17 games and finished with four goals and four assists. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after her performance against Marist.

She is a Rockville Centre, N.Y., native.

Yale finished the year with a 9-5-3 overall record and a 4-2-1 Ivy League mark. The Bulldogs were 5-1-1 in their last seven games and have now finished with a winning overall record in nine of the last 10 years.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity