HAMDEN, Conn. – Graduate student Kyla Miles (Newtown, Conn.) was named the Quinnipiac University Women’s Soccer Player of the Year at the Quinnipiac men’s and women’s soccer program’s annual banquet on Friday, April 27. Miles also received the Players’ Player of the Year accolade, while freshman Jess Lavoie (Berlin, Conn.) was honored as the Young Player of the Year. Additionally, senior Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.) was selected as the Academic Player of the Year and senior Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) earned Team Player of the Year.
“It was another great event that demonstrated all that is good about Quinnipiac Soccer and I mean that in terms of the men's and women's programs combined,” said Quinnipiac Women’s Soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke. “The awards that were handed out were well deserved and it was also a night to honor the four departing seniors Kyla Miles, Chelsea Smith, Furtuna Velaj and Kristina Del Mistro.”
L-R: Senior Jill Kelley, Senior Chelsea Smith, Graduate Student Kyla Miles, Freshman Jess Lavoie
Miles was a pivotal member of the Bobcats’ backline throughout the 2011 season. The fifth-year student-athlete started in each of Quinnipiac’s 16 games last year, also tallying an assist. Miles also received All-Northeast Conference first team honors.
“Kyla Miles deservedly won Player of the Year and Players Player of the Year for the consistency of her performances in the fall,” said Clarke. “The fact that she also received conference recognition is a testament to how well she played in her fifth year.”
Lavoie made 15 starts, the most of any QU freshman during 2011. Lavoie controlled the Bobcats’ midfield in her rookie campaign, earning the Young Player of the Year award. She was also named to the All-NEC Rookie team for her accomplishments.
“Jess had an outstanding first year as a player with Quinnipiac,” said Clarke. “She was a very consistent player in the center of midfield and despite her inexperience, she played well in every game. She is a 90 minute player and a key member of the team and will be for the next three seasons.”
Smith received the Academic honor for the second consecutive season. Smith made 16 appearances and 15 starts while tallying four points, one goal and two assists. The senior defender earned the academic award after holding the highest GPA amongst her fellow teammates.
“Chelsea has been the consummate student-athlete in her four years at Quinnipiac and was a deserving recipient of the Academic Player of the Year,” said Clarke. “To be a soccer player and a Nursing major and to maintain an outstanding GPA is very impressive. Chelsea is a great role model for all our health science majors and a worthy winner of the award.”
Kelley, Quinnipiac’s starting goalkeeper, started in all 16 contests this year. Kelley made 71 saves and earned five wins in her senior campaign. Kelley will return for another season with the Bobcats in 2012.
“Jill is a very selfless player and tries to put the program and her teammates before her own interests,” said Clarke. “The other players on the team overwhelmingly voted for her to receive this award because of all that she did for them on and off the field. She leads by example and is the epitome of what a student-athlete and a good teammate should be.”
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