April 18, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
The Boston College women's soccer team celebrated the successful 2011 season at the season ending team banquet held on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles finished the season with a 12-6-3 record, had an 11 game unbeaten streak to start the season and made their ninth straight NCAA appearance, 15 overall and fourth straight Sweet 16.
The Eagles honored a number of players including saluting the very successful senior class - Alyssa Pember, Alaina Beyar, Julia Bouchelle, Marissa Mello, Stephanie Wirth and Jillian Mastroianni. The class made a an appearance in a Final Four, won the 2010 ACC Regular Season Championship, made four straight NCAA appearances, four straight Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight. The class went 62-23-8 overall and 44-8-4 at home.
The first award given out was Rookie of the Year. The honor went to defender Casey Morrison. She played in all 28 games and started 27. Morrison earned a spot on the All-ACC Freshman team in 2011.
Senior Alyssa Pember was chosen as the Defensive MVP. Pember, who will graduate from the Lynch School of Education in May, played in 87 career games and started 86. She made the All-ACC Freshman team in 2008, and was an All-ACC Honor Roll student in 2009 and 2010. She is also a three-time Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement honoree.
Junior Kristen Mewis was the Offensive MVP. Mewis, who has trained with the US National Team this off-season, led the Eagles with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Mewis has started every game since arriving at the Heights in 2009. She made the All-ACC first team, a NSCAA Division 1 All-America third team selection and a NSCAA Southeast Regional first team honoree.
The Coaches Award was rightfully handed over to senior Alaina Beyar
. The steady defender had a great four year career at Boston College. She started all 21 games this season and finished her career with 83 career games played. Beyar was the ultimate team player when she moved from her usual forward spot as a freshman to become one of the best defenders in the ACC over the last three seasons. She earned All-ACC second team honors and NSCAA Southeast Regional All-America third team this past season. Beyar was also an All-ACC Academic team honoree.
The overall Team MVP went to sophomore Kate McCarthy. A native of Longmeadow, MA, McCarthy started every game this season at the defensive midfield position. She was a key in helping to defend in one of the toughest college soccer leagues in the country. McCarthy finished the season with 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists) and two game-winning goals.
The team also named the captains for the upcoming season. Soon-to-be senior Kristen Mewis and Gibby Wagner, who will be a junior, will take on the responsibility for the 2012 season.
To keep track of the Eagles this spring you can follow the team results and schedule on Twitter at bc_wsoc or FACEBOOK at BC Women's Soccer Alumni.