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Badgers' Dalton named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year

ON WISCONSIN <b>Cara Walls was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.</b>
Cara Walls was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Nov. 1, 2011

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– Senior Michele Dalton has been named the 2011 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday. The award is one four that the Badgers received, as Lindsey Johnson, Cara Walls and Julia Roddar were also recognized.

Dalton, who has played every second in goal for the Badgers this season, is tied for second in the league with six shutouts and is fourth in goals-against average (0.91), save percentage (.825) and total saves (85). She also averages 4.47 saves per game, which ranks fifth.

In 11 conference games, the senior ranked second in goals-against average, save percentage, saves and saves-per game in conference play.

The Mt. Prospect, Ill., native was also named first-team All-Big Ten, becoming just the third Badger in history to accomplish the feat. Dalton joins Julie Johnson (1996) and Ursula McKnight (1994).

Johnson was named a second-team All-Big Ten defender, the first conference honor of her career.

A native of Sussex, Wis., Johnson has started all 19 games with one goal and four assists to rank fourth on the team with six points. In addition, she has helped anchor a back line that has recorded six shutouts on the season and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 0.95 goals allowed per game.

Walls was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, the fourth-straight season that a Badger has earned a spot on the squad. She leads the team with nine goals and 19 points. That is the most goals by a Badgers freshman since Allison Wagner also had nine in 1997.

Wisconsin’s Sportsmanship Award honoree was given to Julia Roddar, a freshman midfielder who has played in all 19 games with one goal and two assists.

The fourth-seeded Badgers open play at the Big Ten tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Minnesota on the Northwestern campus.

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