Four Team Awards Also Announced
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It didn't take Jenny Butwin long to earn the respect of her Yale women's soccer teammates. Following her rookie season in 2009, she was the recipient of the Captain's Cup, which is presented by the seniors to the freshman that represents the program well on and off the field. As a result, it should come as little surprise that Butwin has been elected captain of the 2012 Bulldogs following a team vote.
"Being elected captain is an incredible honor," said Butwin, an Old Westbury, N.Y., native. "Ever since I walked onto the magical Yale campus, I have felt so privileged to be part of the world's top university. And I felt doubly honored to be part of such a special group of teammates, with an incredible coaching staff who truly cares about us. I am humbled by the trust and confidence my teammates have placed in me."
Butwin, who has appeared in eight games in her career for the Bulldogs, hopes to build on the success Yale enjoyed this fall.
"This is not only a special group of athletes, but a special collection of young women who have such character and heart," she said. "The team has become a second family to me. My goal is to help bring us even closer together. A team that really likes and respects one another, and acts as one, will sacrifice and support one another, and ultimately be successful."
Butwin said she has learned a great deal from the captains during her time at Yale – Sophia Merrifield, Becky Brown and Miyuki Hino.
"I have learned that the best captains and leaders are those who are good listeners, who seek guidance and advice, and who work closely with all of their teammates," she said. "They know when to push and when to support. I am very lucky to be part of a large, diverse and dedicated class of eight seniors, all of whom have great leadership qualities. Working together and taking advantage of those qualities, we will accomplish big things."
In addition to the naming of the captain, the team awards have also been announced. Senior Enma Mullo was selected the offensive most valuable player. Mullo, a first team All-Ivy selection, shared the Ivy League lead with eight goals and was fourth with 20 points. Four of her goals were gamewinners, including one in overtime against Cornell. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring the winning goal against Vermont.
The defensive MVP went to junior Torrey Leroy, who helped anchor a defense that yielded only 16 goals and posted seven shutouts. She started all 17 games.
Junior Adele Jackson-Gibson was named the most improved player. She took over the starting goalkeeper duties and posted an impressive 0.83 goals against average before suffering a season-ending injury. In 11 games, she made 41 saves, posted four shutouts and had an .837 save percentage.
Annie Hull was the recipient of the Captain's Cup. She appeared in six games off the bench.
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