MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer program held its second-annual End of the Year Gala on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics located on campus. The night was spearheaded by head coach Joel Bancroft, who announced his year-end awards for the 2018 season.
Attacking and Most Improved Player of the Year: Junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) had one of the most impressive single seasons for a Hawk student-athlete during the 2018 year. She garnered multiple postseason awards, including First Team All-Northeast-10 Conference honors, was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioner's All-East Region Second Team, United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Third Team honors and New England Intercollegiate Soccer Association All-New England First Team honors. She posted career-bests in all three offensive categories with 10 goals, three assists, and 23 points (10-3=23). She became the first student-athlete to register double-digit goals in a single season since Kaitlin Oldfield' 13 did so in 2012.
Defensive Player of the Year: Sophomore Suzanne Cotter (Acton, Mass.) played an important role on the Saint Anselm backline. She started all 17 games for the Hawks and scored a goal, which came against Assumption College on Oct. 2 during a 3-2 win. On defense, she committed to defending the top forwards from the opposition and was part of a defensive unit that posted five shutouts on the year.
Iron Hawk Award: Junior Micaela Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) was one of the captains on the team and was a Third Team All-Northeast-10 Conference selection that also saw action in all 17 games as a starter on defense. She netted her first-career goal in the final moments of a 1-0 victory over Saint Michael's on the road on Oct. 10. She was also a part of a strong defensive group that had five clean sheets during the year.
Rookie of the Year: Freshman Liz Shaievitz (Lynnfield, Mass.) played in and started eight games during her rookie season and finished with three points with a goal and an assist. Her first-career point came on an assist on Sept. 1 against Belmont Abbey. Her first-career goal was the eventual game-winner during a 3-0 win at Le Moyne on Oct. 6.
Anselmian Values Award: This award was given to the entire Class of 2019 for their embodiment of "all that is right within the college community," remarked Bancroft. "This senior group was the picture of dignity and class at all times. They will be deeply missed by the entire program and will be remembered for their contributions throughout the years."
Fan of the Year: Jeff Wildrick, father of sophomore goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) was given this award because of his strong support of the team. His cheering for the program during home and away games showed how much passion and enthusiasm he had for the team throughout the year.
The Hawks made their first postseason appearance since 2013 and the 2018 squad was one of the most successful teams in program history. Saint Anselm reached the nine conference win plateau for the first time in program history.