Women's soccer earns numerous Atlantic Sun all-conference honors

Nov. 2, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - Freshman forward Keri Zwikker was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Freshman of the Year" after leading the conference with 14 goals, while freshman forward Michelle Lavine and senior defender Amber Otto each earned spots on the all-conference teams as announced Wednesday by the league office.

"I'm very pleased of the achievements that Amber, Keri and Michelle received for their seasons," said head coach Chris Kouns. "It is also a great accomplishment for our team to earn these awards. Their teammates allowed them to excel."

"Last season we had no one make the all-conference teams, but this year we had three players make it and one of them earned freshman of the year honors. This shows that the future is bright for the program."

Otto and Lavine both were named second-team all-conference, with Lavine also getting a spot on the all-freshman team.

Zwikker, who also earned first-team and all-freshman accolades, becomes the first player since Michaelene Cadiz in 2001 to earn A-Sun "Freshman of the Year" honors and the first Dolphin since 2003 to be named first-team all conference.

Earlier this season, she racked up nine goals and two assists in three games to earn A-Sun "Offensive Player of Week", Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and Player of the Week honors. Zwikker also set the Dolphins' single game record and tied the single-best performance in the nation this season, with five goals against Lipscomb on Oct. 16.

Otto earns the honor after controlling the backline all season. She appeared in all 19 matches, with 18 starts as the Dolphins team captain. Otto helped the Dolphins allow just four shots against Embry-Riddle. She scored her lone goal of the season on a penalty kick in the loss against Gardner-Webb, while also tallying an assist in victory over Embry-Riddle.

"This is a nice treat for Amber to get a chance to play in the conference tournament and earn all-conference honors in her final season," Kouns. "I'm pleased to see her get this honor after all of her hard work."

Lavine earns her first accolades after racking up 17 assists and four goals in 19 games. With her assist total, she leads the A-Sun and ranks fourth nationally. Lavine also tied the single-best game in the nation with five assists against Lipscomb.

The Dolphins take on East Tennessee State in the first round on the A-Sun Conference tournament Thursday at 4 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C.