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Women’s Soccer Holds 2011 Awards Banquet
Updated: Friday 02/05/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team held its annual banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening.  Coming off of an impressive 2011 season, which included a CAA Championship and a NCAA tournament showing, the College honored 11 players for their performances on and off of the field.

After recording a banner year, junior midfielder Mallory Schaffer took home MVP honors.  The Allison Pa., native had one of the best seasons in the College's history.   Accolades earned by Schaffer this season included: First-Team NSCAA All-American, Soccer America MVPs Second-Team, CAA Player of the Year, VaSID State Player of the Year, First-Team All-Region, First-Team All-CAA and CAA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  For the year, Schaffer accounted for 17 goals and 40 points.   Her 17 goals and 40 points led the CAA, the 40 points netted by Schaffer tied for 10th most all-time in school history.  Nationally, Schaffer finished the year ranking 11th in goals scored and 16th in total points.

The freshman trio of back Emily Fredrikson, midfielder Aly Shaughnessy and forward Emory Camper all shared Rookie of the Year Honors.  Fredrikson's first fall at the College produced Second-Team All-CAA Honors and a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team.   Shaughnessy's greenhorn campaign culminated in a spot on the CAA All-Tournament Team, the McLean, Va., native started 19-of-22 matches.   Camper's first season produced 21 points, seven goals and seven assists.  Top Drawer Soccer ranked Camper as the nation's 28th best freshman, by seasons end Camper's named could be found on the First-Team VaSID All-State Team and the CAA All-Rookie Team. 

Sharing the Most Improved Award was sophomore back Tara Connors and sophomore midfielder/forward Dani Rutter.  Connor's performance in the CAA tournament was outstanding, and resulted in her being named the CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.  After appearing in just 12 matches her freshmen season, Rutter started all 22 matches during her sophomore campaign and earned a spot on the CAA All Tournament Team.  The New York native also took home the Assist Award, tallying a team-high 11. 

Defensively, junior goalkeeper Katherine Yount and senior midfielder Diana Weigel shared MVP honors.  Yount led the CAA with 10 shutouts this season, and currently ranks fourth all-time in school history with a .86 career goals against average.  Weigel garnered First-Team All-Region honors and First-Team All-CAA honors this past season. Earning the Coach's Award was junior forward Cortlyn Bristol, junior midfielder/back Carson Scott and junior midfielder Katrina Smedley.  Bristol started all 22 matches this season and earned First-Team All-CAA accolades.  Hailing from Birmingham Al., Scott appeared in five matches for the Tribe during the 2011 season.  A native of Hamilton N.J., Smedley saw action in 11 matches for the College this year. 

Academically, there were two awards presented to three players.  Scott and sophomore back Samantha Trail shared the Academic Award.  Brining home the Highest Freshman G.P.A. honor was back Christina Popps.  Popps appeared in 14 matches this year and earned a start against Appalachian State.

Women's Soccer Team Awards
- Mallory Schaffer
Rookie of the Year Award
- Emily Fredrikson, Aly Shaughnessy and Emory Camper
Most Improved
- Tara Connors and Dani Rutter
Coaches Award
- Cortlyn Bristol, Carson Scott and Katrina Smedley
Assist Award
- Dani Rutter
Goals Award
- Mallory Schaffer
Defensive MVP
- Katherine Yount and Diana Weigel
Academic Award - Carson Scott, Samantha Trail
Highest Freshman G.P.A.
- Christina Popps

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