April 23, 2009

Lauren Schmidt Named MPSF Player of the Year

from press release

MPSF Player of the Year: Lauren Schmidt, Stanford

Junior midfielder Lauren Schmidt (Bay Shore, N.Y/Bay Shore HS) rebounded from a
knee injury that caused her to miss all of her sophomore season, to become the team
scoring leader, with 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points - all career highs. Schmidt, an
All-MPSF selection as a freshman in 2007, also has 30 draw controls (the team high), 18
ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Schmidt essentially plays the role of a basketball
point guard, setting the tempo, distributing the ball, and slashing to the goal. Though her
stats are impressive, Schmidt's contributions go far beyond the numbers. 

MPSF Coach of the Year: Amy Bokker, Stanford

After 11 years at George Mason, where she was the winningest coach in program
history, Amy Bokker has led Stanford to a resurgence of sorts in her first year at the
school. Stanford earned its first undefeated conference record since 2005 and has
outscored conference opponents, 105-30, extending the Cardinal conference winning
streak to nine. Bokker's up-tempo style of play has fit in perfectly with an athletic,
versatile team with a deep bench. Stanford can run up and down the field and score
goals, but also defend well, in man-to-man or zone sets. Bokker earned her 100th career
victory this season and has led her team to a current No. 14 national ranking in the
IWLCA coaches' poll.

MPSF Co-Newcomer of the Year: Jana Drummond, Oregon

Through 15 games, Jana Drummond (Nashua, NH/East Grand Rapids HS) has put
together one of the top rookie seasons in Oregon history and is bidding to become the
Ducks' first freshman since 2005 to lead the team in scoring. Since she was inserted into
the starting lineup four games into the year, Oregon has gone 10-2 with its only blemishes
being a pair of one-goal losses, including one in sudden-victory overtime. She owns the
single-game school record for goals with seven, also a 2009 MPSF-high for a conference
game, and leads all Ducks on the season with 37 points. Oregon was also represented in
last year's MPSF Newcomer of the Year category, as Alex Breiner shared the honor. 

MPSF Co-Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Harman, Denver

Ashley Harman (Boyertown, PA/Boyertown Senior High) took over as Denver's starting
goalkeeper just six games into the season and quickly made her presence felt, recording
10 or more saves in three of her first five  games, including 13 against No. 9 North
Carolina. Harman's mark of 10.6 goals against per game is currently fourth best among
DU's single-season records. Harman ranks second in the MPSF and 23rd in the NCAA with
a .483 save percentage, and her goals-against average is third in the conference and 39th
in the nation. This marks the fourth-straight season that the Pioneers have taken home a
Newcomer of the Year award. Tulley Stapp (2008), Ali Flury (2007), Kristie Leggio (2006),
and Karen Morton (2005), all won MPSF Newcomer of the Year honors. 

2009 MPSF All-Conference Team



Lauren Schmidt, Stanford
Ilsa van den Berg, Oregon
Steph Coyne, Denver
Dana Lindsay, Stanford
Ali Flury, Denver
Alicia Burkhart, Oregon
Julie Christie, Stanford
Alex Tickner, California
Maris Perlman, Stanford
Jenn Moore, Denver
Denna Faye, California
Anna Poponyak, Oregon
Megan Carver, Denver
Sam Price, California
Karen Morton, Denver
Cara Mead, Oregon

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