The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 6-12).
Today we feature Freshman of the Year nominee Rose Lavelle of women's soccer.
• 2013-14 Year in Review
July 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The moment Rose Lavelle stepped on campus this past August, University of Wisconsin women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins had high praise for the freshman, describing her as one of the more special players she has coached.
By the end of last season, those praises were being echoed across the Big Ten Conference.
Lavelle became the first player in UW history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while also earning first-team All-Big Ten honors last season. Leading all Big Ten freshmen in assists (7), the midfielder finished third among all Badgers in points (19) and goals (6) and garnered NSCAA/Continental Tire third-team All-Great Lakes Region honors.
The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, led the charge for what was the youngest team in the Big Ten last season. Despite their youth, the Badgers jumped out to one of the best starts in program history with an 8-1-1 record. Lavelle was at the front of the charge, accounting for 14 points during UW’s impressive opening stretch.
One of Lavelle’s best stretches of soccer came during the week of Sept. 16, as she tallied seven points over a two-game span with a pair of goals and three assists. For her efforts, she was deemed Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Also impressing in international competition, Lavelle was instrumental in guiding Team USA to its fourth CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship crown and eventual spot in the 2014 U-20 World Cup.
Lavelle has been enjoying a busy summer, continuing her training with the U-20 U.S. National Team, while also participating in the W-League with the Dayton Dutch Lionesses. Lavelle has already claimed a Player of the Week nod with the Lionesses after she had a stretch during which she scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory, then followed up days after with four goals and two assists in a 6-2 win.