Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach Melissa Clarke, left, stands aside Micaela Vanetti, Megan Romagnoli, Grace Milmoe and Olivia McEntee. In the front row are Lizzy Bigsby, Samantha Gates and Maggie Johnson. The team gathered on Nov. 20 at the Lincklaen House to celebrate their successful season.
continued Clarke indicated that while this team was extremely talented across the board, it was the efforts of the a few athletes’ superior performances that guided this team throughout the season. Grace Milmoe was awarded “The Golden Boot Award” for superior outside crosses, corners and free kicks; “Coaches Unsung Hero Award” went to Lizzy Bigsby for outstanding performances, and leading the team in times of crisis at numerous positions in every match; Samantha Gates was honored with the “Most Dominant Defender Award,” awarded to the player with the most consistent play defensively for the Lakers. Olivia McEntee was recognized as the “2011 Rookie of the Year Award” for her contributions as the youngest member of the squad.
Finally, the top three most prestigious awards went Maggie Johnson as the “2011 Most Improved Player Award,” for consistent effort and most visible improvement from start to finish of the season and Captain Micaela Vanetti was presented with the “2011 Laker Leadership Award,” for her regal and elegant leadership throughout the season.
The top honor went to Megan Romagnoli for the “2011 Most Valuable Player Award.”
Romagnoli was recognized for her unwavering defensive tactics and uncanny ability to keep her composure under pressure and lead the defense throughout the entire season, regardless of the opponent.
While Clarke said she recognizes the talent that she reaped the benefits of this year in her inaugural season as the JV Head Coach, she has her eyes on the future of this program. “There is so much talent being cultivated in our youth programs and higher level of commitment from players, participating in soccer programs almost year round the program will only continue to flourish and one day capture a state title of our own,” she said.
Clarke also sent a heartfelt “thank you” to Keith Comfort, Kara Connellan, Mike Byrnes and all of the JV parents for all of their support this season.
“This was a rewarding and powerful experience to be attributed to an incredible group of young women, the integrity shown by their parents, and the support of Cazenovia administration and my fellow coaching staff,” Clarke said. “Thank You!”