April 22, 2009
The Brown women's soccer team held its annual season-ending banquet Tuesday, March 10, and five different individuals were honored with team awards.
The Dobson-Kay Coaches' Award, presented annually to the player(s) chosen by the coaches for outstanding contribution, dedication and sportsmanship, was presented to junior captain Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) and sophomores Charlotte Rizzi (Bethesda, MD) and Kate Scott (Medway, MA). Hogue came back from a knee injury in 2007 to start 16 of 17 games in net and post a 1.29 GAA and a .836 save percentage, including four shutouts. She was instrumental in helping to lead Brown to back-to-back shutouts, 1-0 over #11 Penn State, and 0-0 against #1 UCLA, stopping all 30 shots she faced over the weekend. Rizzi and Scott were both critical pieces of the Brown backfield, playing in 17 and 10 games, respectively. Scott finished the season with seven points (3g, 1a) and was Brown's leading scorer when an injury in the Bears' 10th game sidelined her for the remainder of the season. Rizzi chipped in three assists on the season, as the duo helped limit Brown's opponents to just 1.15 goals against.
Senior Emily Geldwert (Larchmont, NY) was awarded the Margeson Team Spirit Award, which is given to that player who exhibits the most team spirit as voted by the players. A valuable contributor in the midfield, Geldwert provided a spark on the field in all situations, creating many opportunities for her team. She played in 10 games last year, earning 1 start. She ended her career with one goal in 28 games.
Senior captain Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) was the recipient of both the Sarah Nicholson Memorial Award, given to a senior on the team who, through total dedication and loyalty, has given the most of themselves to the good of the team, and the Ridgely MVP Award. A four-year starter up front for Brown, Lindsay missed just two games in her career, both due to injury. She consistently ranked among the team scoring leaders, leading the team in both 2005 and 2008, and finishing second in 2007 and third in 2006. A four-time All-Ivy honoree, Lindsay was named Second Team in both 2007 and 2008 after earning Honorable Mention honors in 2005 and 2006. Cunningham was also named 2007 & 2008 Academic All-Ivy, and was a two-time CoSida/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, earning Second Team honors in 2006 and First Team honors in 2008. She followed that up by earning CoSida/ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-American honors this past season. For her career, Lindsay played in 66 games, starting 52. She posted 15 points (6g, 3a) in 2008 to finish her career with 19 career goals (11th all-time at Brown), 15 career assists (9th all-time at Brown), and 53 career points (10th all-time at Brown). In addition, her eight assists during the 2006 season ranks fifth all-time for assists in a single season.
The Brown women's soccer team finished the 2008 season with a 7-6-4 record and a 3-3-1 mark in the Ivy League. Nine starters for next season, along with 10 of the top 11 scorers from this season, return for the 2009 campaign.