Jan. 20, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A memorable freshman campaign for University of Wisconsin women's soccer player Rose Lavelle included Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Now, Lavelle has distinguished herself as one of the most promising full U.S. Women's National Team prospects after earning the Golden Ball for most valuable player of the 2014 CONCACAF Championships on Sunday following the championship match in George Town, Cayman Islands.
"I was really shocked when I was announced as the tournament's MVP as I thought there were other players from our team that did very well," Lavelle said Sunday after receiving the award.
While not standing out in the statistical categories during the tournament, Lavelle flashed much of the brilliance and talent that she showed during her rookie campaign at UW where she ranked second on the team in goals (6), finishing with 19 points on the season.
Lavelle guided Team USA to its fourth CONCACAF Women's U20 Championship crown and an eventual spot in the 2014 U20 World Cup in August.
"I was not surprised (that she won the award)," U.S. Women's U20 National Team head coach Michelle French said. "I see how she works in every training session that we have, and she is just so special to us."
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lavelle is the first player in UW history to be tabbed conference freshman of the year. During the regular season, Lavelle tied for eighth in the conference in assists (7), leading all Big Ten freshman in that category. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 16 following a seven-point performance which included a pair of goals and three assists over a two-game span.
Lavelle joins former Badgers Monica Lam-Feist (2012), Michele Dalton (2011), Lindsey Johnson (2011) and Alev Kelter (2009) as recent All-Region honorees. She is also the first UW player to earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades since Dalton earned the honor in 2011.
Lavelle and U.S. National Team will gear up for the World Cup, which runs from Aug. 5-24 in Canada.