May 13, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's soccer team announced its team awards at the annual end-of-season banquet held at the UConn Alumni House. Senior Kacey Richards (Williamstown, N.J.) was named the Most Valuable Player while senior Becky Gundling (Farmington, Conn.) was presented with the Unsung Hero Award.
Richards concluded her career at Connecticut as a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection and a member of the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team. The senior captain anchored the UConn defense throughout the season while registering three assists on the year.
Gundling, the team's primary defensive midfielder, was presented with the A.J. Pappanikou Unsung Hero Award. A three-time NEWISA All-New England selection, Gundling was also a member of the 2009 BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Gundling finished the season with one assist and registered one goal and three assists throughout her career as a starter in the UConn midfield.
UConn also presented the Pappanikou Family Sportsmanship Award to graduate student Angelika Johansson (Falkenberg, Sweden). Johansson played just one season at UConn after an All-American career at Division II Franklin Pierce. On the year, Johansson led the team with 15 points on seven goals and one assist.
Redshirt-junior Samantha Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) was presented with the Lucette Pappanikou Scholar-Athlete Award. Kelley, a business major, is a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Kelley appeared in two games last season.
Senior Elise Fugowski (Stockholm, N.J.) earned the team's annual Strength and Conditioning Award. Fugowski had a career year in her final season at Connecticut. The attacking center-midfielder doubled her career totals in her final season, notching career highs with five goals, four assists and 14 points. Fugowski was named All-BIG EAST First Team and was selected to the NSCAA All-Northeast Second Team.
Junior goalkeeper Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) was named the team's Most Improved Player. Dulski finished the season with a 10-10-3 record with five shutouts. On the year, Dulski recorded a 1.03 goals against average and 87 saves.
UConn reached the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament before falling the in NCAA First Round to Hofstra, 1-0.