October 20, 2010

Louisville Women Hold Annual Banquet

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team held its annual awards banquet to celebrate the 2010 season on Oct. 16 in the PNC Club of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The Class of 2010, which consisted of Ashley King, Lyndsay Ward, Colleen Nevin and Danielle Hale, were recognized by head coach Kellie Young for their hard work and dedication to the program. In addition to King and Ward, former assistant coach Lisa Staedt returned to Louisville for the event.

"She was strong, confident and determined," Young said of Hale, "but she became stronger, more confident and more determined because of the commitment she made and kept with Louisville lacrosse."

"One of the most committed, stubborn and determined players, Colleen got more out of herself than almost any player I have ever coached," Young commented about Nevin, "because in the end, she was a rock. She knew who she was - her strengths and her weaknesses - and she embraced it all while reaching for more."

"Ashley led by example," Young said about King. "Not knowing how to give anything but her best, she would play until she was ready to collapse, she would recover more quickly than possible, and then she was right back in the game. A tremendous 1v1 defender and exceptional ground ball tracker, she was a calm yet explosive player, who motivated others through her play."

"Lyndsay was one of those players that grows so much in a short amount of time," Young said on Ward. "In just two years, she invested her time, built relationships with her coaches, trusted the system and plugged away at the challenges we presented her. A spark of energy, a positive presence, a workhorse on the field, Lyndsay earned her time through hard work and dedication."

Shortly thereafter, coach Young identified the recipients for the five different awards - most improved player, rookie of the year, unsung hero, most valuable player and the coaches' award.

Receiving the most improved player award was Katie Oliverio. Ranked 11th nationally in points per game (4.41) and 22nd in total points (75), she also led in the country in assists per game after just two goals and five assists the year prior.

"This athlete matured more than I've seen any mature in just one year," Young said. "On the field, she was stronger, had a more confident attitude and was self-assessing to spearhead growth. Off the field, she made choices that were indicative of a committed Division I athlete, showing loyalty to her program."

Goalkeeper Danielle Pawliw earned the nod for rookie of the year after starting every game and recording double-digit saves in six of those contests. She also was tied for fourth on the team with ground balls (30). Additionally, Pawliw was fourth in the BIG EAST in saves per game and fifth in goals against average and save percentage.

"The rookie of the year award honors a player newest to Louisville lacrosse, who had the largest impact on the team. Our winner is an example of the classic recipient of a rookie of the year honoree."

Emily Dashiell and Jamie Ward earned co-unsung hero honors.

Dashiell ranked second on the team in assists (9) and was third on the team in scoring (33 goals) and points (42). Her 63 draw controls ranked first in the league and eighth nationally. At the conclusion of the season, she was named a second team selection on two squads - all-BIG EAST and all-region. Ward started all 17 games, placing third on the team in caused turnovers (23) and fourth in ground balls (30).

"Our first recipient is the workhorse on the field," Young said of Dashiell. "She averaged 55 minutes per game and played on both ends of the field throughout those minutes. She is the player involved in almost every draw, in every defensive sequence and every offensive effort."

"Our second recipient of the unsung hero award does all the little things off the field to make a team great," Young said regarding Ward. "She finds inspirational quotes to provoke an attitude, encourage strength through adversity and re-focus energy on what really matters. She is the player that is in my office asking what else she can do, what we need and how can she help."

In another tie, coach Young named Bergan Foley and King as co-MVPs.

Foley has become well-known for her goal-scoring abilities, leading the nation for the second time in three years in goals per game (4.59), her first time in total goals (78). She was fourth in the nation in points per game and eighth in total points. King led the team in ground balls (48), good enough for third in the BIG EAST. Her 25 caused turnovers ranked 36th-best nationally.

"If you rest on your laurels, the success will stop. This player has never rested, never settled," Young said of Foley. "She has embraced every challenge, every bulging vein to dig deeper and find a way to give more. She is the player that works with a bag of balls countless days in a week. She is the player that is in my office every Friday working to be a better leader and a better player."

Regarding King, Young said, "She is the definition of humble and hungry. She is the workhorse - the player doing everything in her power to help the team succeed, and yet never expecting the recognition or the accolades for her efforts."

The final honor, the coaches' award, went to Foley and Nevin. An award that recognizes a player's commitment, Foley was often complimented for her devout work ethic and optimistic outlook. Nevin was commended for her exuding confidence as a senior, which in turn helped make her teammates better and desire greater goals.

"She has matured to a point where her choices are thoughtful on and off the field," Young said of Foley. "At all times, she keeps the team's goals in mind, while working to find a balance between work and life, allowing her to maintain her love of the game."

"Colleen handled every challenge I ever gave her," Young said, "whether it be finding her tenacious side to get more out of her fellow defenders, or calming down so that these same players could hear her message. "Never one to question, she always found a way to give what was asked and do what was best for the team."

Most Improved Player
- Katie Oliverio
Rookie of the Year - Danielle Pawliw
Co-Unsung Heroes - Emily Dashiell and Jamie Ward
Co-Most Valuable Players - Bergan Foley and Ashley King
Co-Coaches' Award Recipients - Bergan Foley and Colleen Nevin

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