Nov. 5, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Since the moment she stepped on campus back in August, University of Wisconsin women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins sang the praises of freshman Rose Lavelle, describing her as one of the more special players she has coached.
With the release of the Big Ten women’s soccer postseason honors on Tuesday, it seems that the rest of the conference agrees.
Lavelle was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while also earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. Sophomore Kinley McNicoll was chosen second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, while freshman Kylie Schwarz was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team.
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 is also the first UW player to earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades since Michele Dalton earned the honor in 2011.
McNicoll, who led the Big Ten in assists (13) while also leading the Badgers in points (25), tallied six goals this season en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten accolades. The Oakville, Ontario, native has tallied at least a point in all but five matches this season. With McNicoll being named to the second team, the Badgers have now had at least one student-athlete earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors in each of the past five seasons.
Along with Lavelle, Schwarz was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman squad. Schwarz garnered the start in all 17 matches she has appeared in this season, while anchoring a UW backline that has earned five shutouts in 2013, including four in Big Ten play.
In addition, sophomore Marisa Kresge earned the Big Ten's sportsmanship award for her tremendous reputation in the classroom as well as on the playing field.
The Badgers open postseason play as the No. 6 seed this Wednseday at the Big Ten tournament, where they will battle third-seeded Penn State. The quarterfinal match-up is slated for a 10:30 a.m. kickoff from Illinois Soccer Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
First-team All-Big Ten
Second-team All-Big Ten
Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Rose Lavelle (Consensus)