Oct. 13, 2009
The University of Louisville lacrosse team held its awards banquet to celebrate the 2009 season which marked the graduation of its first senior. Going into just its third season, U of L lacrosse made its mark quickly as the 2009 season marked its first BIG EAST Championship appearance in just its first year of eligibility in the league.
Coach Kellie Young conveyed five awards for various acheivements for this year and recognized the program's only senior and now one and only lacrosse alumna, goalkeeper Jen Heup.
"In a sport where the ball moves faster and faster as each year passes, and goalie save percentages are dropping across the country, Jen still found a way to see the play in front of her, find the ball and make the save," said Young. She had seven games with 10 or more saves and seven games with a 50% or higher save percentage including 5 above 60% and one at 80%. Extraordinary."
For Most Improved Player, Colleen Nevin got the nod.
"Stats will not define Colleen Nevin. A defender for the Cards, she helped to run our defense from the back line with a strong voice and a steady style of play. One of the hardest working players in the game, she has come back each year and excel at focusing on her strengths. She matured through militant, matured through passive and found a leadership style that has helped change the face of our defense," said Young.
Katie Oliverio and Ashley King were named Rookies of the Year.
"Katie spent months getting reacquainted with the game, adjusting to the speed of Division I play, and adapting to a new style of attack with our Louisville squad," said Young. "Throughout the spring, she worked her way in to the line up and scored 2 goals and assisted on 5 others. She matured on and off the field to contribute valuable minutes in her first year at Louisville and we look forward to her coming in to her own in Division I lacrosse."
Young also commented on Ashley.
"Ashley was our other Rookie of the Year honoree. It took her no time getting used to Louisville lacrosse. From the first moment she stepped on campus she lit up our defensive end and quietly inspired those around her," said Young. "A tremendous one v. one defender and exceptional ground ball tracker, she is a calm leader who motivated through her play, bringing her A-Game each and every day. She was second on the team in ground balls with 42 and 3rd in caused turnovers with 27. Her ground balls ranked her 6th in the Big East while her caused turnovers ranked her 4th in one of toughest conferences in the country."
Emily Dashiell was named U of L's Unsung Hero which is given annually to the player who does things behind the scenes that are rarely recognized but are invaluable to a team's success.
"As a player, Emily was third on the team in scoring with 33 goals, second in assists with nine and third on the team in total points with 42," said Young. "She led the team in draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers. Better yet, her stats in these areas earned her both conference and national recognition. Her 51 draw controls ranked her 1st in the Big East and 21st in the nation. Her 47 ground balls ranked her second in the Big East and 25th in the nation. Her 36 caused turnovers also ranked her second in the Big East and an astonishing 13th in the nation. She carried 45% overall shooting percentage and a remarkable 75% on free position shots."
Bergan Foley was named U of L's Most Valuable Player. In 2009, Foley tallied 61 goals and six assists for 67 points and in just two years she has tallied 122 goals, 11 assists for a total of 133 points. In 2009, she had seven games with five or more points and nine games with four or more goals including six against Villanova, Longwood, Va Tech and Loyola and eight in the closing match against UC Davis. Foley was first in Big East in shots per game, second in goals per game, total goals, total shots, third in free position goals per game, sixth in points per game and seventh in total points. She was fifth in the nation in goals per game, tenth in total goals abd 21st in points per game. She was named Second Team All-Big East conference, 2nd team All-Region and was Louisville's sole selection to the Big East All-Tournament Team.
"Being talented is a blessing, being a hard worker is a mindset ... and when the two come together, the result creates an interesting phenomenon," said Young about Foley. "You work hard to get better, you get better, you are expected to perform, you need to work even harder to keep performing and the cycle goes on and on. Only the strongest can handle this existence -- mental and physical endurance is required to maintain excellence and we honored one of those kind of players in Foley."
Jen Heup also received the Coaches Award.
"This award that I have given to Jen Heup is one I created years ago to honor our players' commitment to team, to staff, to a program. The award is given to honor that person who at all times, thinks of her team and teammates first. She is the person who when the chips are down - her teammates and her coaches know she will fight. She is the person that assesses and re-assesses how to help her team grow and unite and succeed. It is often the most difficult to choose and this year was no different. However, Jen Heup bled Louisville red and black and is a fitting honoree for the Coaches Award."