Nov. 17, 2008
Fall/Winter Sports Honor Roll - Nov. 17
Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year
Chris Salvaggione - Charlotte
Senior, Forward, Monument, Colo./Lewis Palmer HS
Salvaggione led the Conference in goals (15) and points (38) and ranks fourth nationally in points per game (2.0)...led a potent Charlotte attack that ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense (2.19)...earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors twice this season and is a two-time member of the Soccer America, Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com Teams of the Week... earned two MVP awards at a pair of regular season tournaments and had three multi-goal performances.
Men's Soccer Defensive and Student-Athlete of the Year
Zack Simmons - Massachusetts
Senior, Goalkeeper, Durham, N.H./Oyster River HS
Simmons ranked second in the A-10 in goals against average (0.80), goals allowed (17) and first in save percentage (.827) while leading his team to the A-10 regular season title and top seed of the A-10 Championship...a preseason All-American and also earned accolades off the field by being named the Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season...boasts a 3.99 grade point average while majoring in history and economics...a three-time Academic All-Conference and two-time NSCAA All-East scholar selection, Simmons is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Men's Soccer Midfielder of the Year
Ben Arikian - Massachusetts
Sophomore, Midfielder, West Islip, N.Y./West Islip HS/Berkshire Prep
Arikian led the top-seeded Minutemen in points (15) and assists (seven), while his assist total ranked third in the A-10...contributed four goals on the year and has scored or assisted the game-winning goal in eight of Massachusetts' nine wins.
Men's Soccer Rookie of the Year
Yoni Berhanu - George Washington
Freshman, Forward, Potomac, Md./Sidwell Friends School
Berhanu was third on the team in goals (four) and points (10) and earned the season's first A-10 Rookie of the Week honor...was named to the DC College Cup All-Tournament team and netted a game-winning goal in overtime versus Duquesne...the honor is George Washington's first Rookie of the Year award since 2001.
Men's Soccer Coach of the Year
Sam Koch - Massachusetts
Koch earned his fourth A-10 Coach of the Year honor after leading the Minutemen to the A-10 regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship...has guided the Minutemen to three regular season Atlantic 10 titles, one Atlantic 10 Championship and made a College Cup appearance in 2007... Koch boasts a career record of 180-123-31 (.585) and is a 1979 graduate of Colby College.
Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year
Whitney Weinraub - Charlotte
Sophomore, Forward, Holland, Pa./Council Rock South HS
Weinraub ranks among the league leaders in goals (12), assists (10) and points (34)...had three game-winning goals...ranks second on the team with 45 shots...twice named A-10 Player of the Week.
Women's Soccer Midfielder/Student-Athlete of the Year
Hailey Beam - Charlotte
Junior, Midfielder, Cornelius, N.C./Texas Tech University HS
Beam earns A-10 Midfielder of the Year distinction after scoring a league-leading and program-best 17 goals...led the Conference in assists (13) and points (47)...had five game-winning tallies...had a team-high 51 shots...three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week selection...led Charlotte to its third consecutive regular season title and second straight A-10 Championship...maintains a 3.87 grade point average as a finance major.
Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year
Lauren Bustos - Fordham
Junior, Backer, Altadena, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart HS
Bustos anchored a Fordham defense that registered eight shutouts, including five in league play, and limited 13 opponents to one goal or less...started all 20 contests...is just the third Fordham defender to garner All-Conference first-team honors.
Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year
Jen Pfeiffer - Saint Joseph's
Freshman, Forward, Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape HS
Pfeiffer joins Megan Schutt (2003) as the lone players in program annals to be named A-10 Rookie of the Year...scored a team-high ten goals and finished her freshman campaign with 21 points...also led the team in shots with 57...earned second-team All-Conference honors.
Women's Soccer Coach of the Year
Manoj Khettry - St. Bonaventure
Khettry earns his first Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award after leading St. Bonaventure to a program-best six Conference victories, its second-ever A-10 Championship berth and first since 1999....the Bonnies finished the season with an overall mark of 11-8-1, including a 6-4-1 mark in league action.
Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year
Katelyn Orlando - Massachusetts
Senior, Forward, Manchester, Mass./Manchester-Essex HS
Orlando finishes the regular season with 29 total points on the season...paces the Conference in goals and is tied for the lead in points...established career-highs in both categories and netted four game-winning goals, good for second in the A-10...tallied seven goals against Conference opponents...A-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 13 after scoring three goals, two of which were game-winners against A-10 foes...the program's first student-athlete to garner Offensive Player of the Year honors since the award's inception in 2000.
Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year
Mary Catherine Kinneman - Temple
Senior, Back, Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic HS
Kinneman started every game for the Owls as the second-year team captain...notched a career-high five assists, which is tied for sixth in the A-10...played on both attack and defensive corners as the corner hitter and right trail...anchors a defensive unit that blanked three opponents this season.
Field Hockey Rookies of the Year
Katelin Peterson - Richmond
Freshman, Forward, Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual HS
Peterson finished the regular season tied for the Conference lead in points (29) and ranked second in goals with 12...named the A-10 Rookie of the Week four times...named Player of the Week on Oct. 27 after posting a school-record four goals versus West Chester, which is tied for the single-game high nationally this season.
Alesha Widdall - Massachusetts
Freshman, Goalkeeper, Whitney Point, N.Y./Whitney Point HS
Widdall leads the A-10 in goals against average (1.01) and tied for tops in the league with four shutouts...her .788 save percentage also led the Conference and ranks 11th in the nation... named the A-10 Rookie of the Week twice during the 2008 season and won nine of her last 10 contests.
Field Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year
Charise Young - Temple
Junior, Forward, Harleysville, Pa./Christopher Dock HS
Young earned led the Owls in goals (8) and points (23)...her .333 shot percentage also led the team, while her seven assists tied for tops in the A-10...named to the NFHCA National Academic Team, as well as the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007...a secondary education major, Young was also named to the A-10 All-Academic Team in 2007.
Field Hockey Coach of the Year
Justine Sowry - Massachusetts
Sowry garners her second consecutive A-10 Coach of the Year honor after leading UMass to the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship...with a 6-0 Conference ledger, her squad claimed the league's regular season crown, the program's first outright title since 2001...1991 graduate of the University of South Australia, Sowry is the first coach in A-10 history to win the award in consecutive years.
Volleyball Players of the Week
Sammi McCloud - Saint Louis
Junior, Outside Hitter, Columbia, Ill./Columbia HS
McCloud helped No. 20 Saint Louis to a perfect 13-0 mark in league play after averaging 4.57 kills and 4.57 digs in a pair of wins at Dayton and Xavier...notched her 1,000th career kill with a match-high 18 kills at Dayton on Nov. 15...contributed 20 digs in the win...posted her second double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs in a sweep of Xavier on Nov. 16...hit .333 on the weekend...fourth Player of the Week honor.
Carly Romberg - Charlotte
Senior, Libero, Aurora, Colo./Grandview HS
Romberg became one of only 14 players in NCAA history to break the heralded 2,000 career-digs mark since the rally scoring rule began in 2001...led the 49ers to their first A-10 weekend sweep of the season averaging 5.38 digs per game...posted 18 digs in a 3-1 win over Temple on Nov. 14 and followed with 25 digs in a 3-1 win over La Salle on Nov. 16...finished her season with a school-record 571 digs on the season and a school-record 2,017 career digs.
Volleyball Rookies of the Week
Leah Leventhal - Charlotte
Freshman, Outside Hitter, Gainesville, Fla./Sante Fe HS
Leventhal led the 49ers to their first A-10 weekend sweep after averaging 3.25 kills and 1.88 digs per game...posted a career-high 17 kills in a 3-1 win over Temple on Nov. 14...missed a double-double with nine kills and nine digs in a 3-1 win over La Salle on Nov. 16...has averaged a double-double of 10.0 kills and 10.0 digs per set over her last four matches...second straight Rookie of the Week honor.
Alyssa Valentine - George Washington
Freshman, Setter, Tustin, Calif./Edison HS
Valentine averaged 12.1 assists and 2.57 digs per set in a 2-0 weekend to help George Washington clinch the A-10 East Division title...had 49 assists in a 3-1 win over Temple on Nov. 16 which helped clinch the third-seed in the A-10 Championship...added 36 sets in a 3-0 sweep of La Salle on Nov. 14...ranks fifth in the A-10 in assists with 9.38 per game...sixth Rookie of the Week honor.
Golf Player of the Week
Golf Rookie of the Week
Women's Cross Country Most Outstanding Performer
Amanda Goetschius - Charlotte
Sophomore, Franklinville, N.J./Delsea Regional HS
Goetschius captured the individual title on Nov. 1 at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships in a time of 17:37.7...marked the third-fastest time in Conference annals...Charlotte finished second in the 14-team field, its highest-ever finish since joining the A-10 in 2005.
Women's Cross Country Most Outstanding Rookie
Katrina Spratford - Richmond
Freshman, Califon, N.J./Voorhees HS
Spratford finished sixth overall and tops among freshmen with a time of 18:15.4 at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships on Nov. 1...placed third among UR runners...Richmond claimed its second-ever A-10 title and first since 2003.
Men's Cross Country Most Outstanding Performer
Adu Dentamo - Charlotte
Junior, Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS
Dentamo claimed the individual title at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships on Nov. 1 with a time of 24:01.9...marked the third-fastest time in Conference history...named to the All-Conference team for the third time...Charlotte finished fourth in the 14-team field.
Men's Cross Country Most Outstanding Rookie
Nick Crits - La Salle
Freshman, Wissahickon, Pa./Wissahickon HS
Crits was the top freshman finisher on Nov. 1 at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships with a time of 25:04.9...placed 27th in a field of 300 runners...was the third Explorer to cross the finish line...La Salle placed fifth out of 14 teams.
A-10 WINTER SPORTS HONOR ROLL - NOV. 17
Women's Swimming & Diving Performer of the Week
Shannon Duval - La Salle
Junior, Trinidad & Tobago, Holy Name HS
Duval earns her second A-10 Performer of the Week award in as many weeks after winning the 200-yard breaststroke in a school-record time of 2:17.17 on Nov. 15 at Delaware...also placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.25) and second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.01)...the Explorers edged Rider, 153-147, but fell to Delaware, 189-106.
Women's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week
Hannah Kondrotas - Duquesne
Freshman, Barre, Mass./Gardner HS
Kondrotas captured gold in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:38.75 on Nov. 14 as Duquesne turned aside Clarion, 137-100.
Men's Swimming & Diving Performer of the Week
Nathan Green - Xavier
Sophomore, Woodbine, Ga./Camden County HS
Green captured four gold medals at the IUPUI Quad Meet (Nov. 14-15)...won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.63) and 500-yard freestyle (4:43.11) events on Nov. 14...touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle (47.50) and 1,650-yard freestyle (16:27.28) events on Nov. 15...also swam a leg of the 200-yard freestyle (1:26.22) and 400-yard freestyle (3:14.72) relays.
Men's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week
Billy Hrabovsky - Saint Louis
Freshman, Cheyenne, Wyo./Central HS
Hrabovsky won the three-meter diving competition at the IUPUI Quad Meet (Nov. 14-15) with a score of 296.80, the third-highest total in program history...also placed second in the one-meter competition (252.10).