Piscataway, N.J. (Dec. 9, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team held its annual banquet Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Rutgers Visitor Center on the Busch campus. Highlighting the evening were senior speeches and the announcement of Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) as the Most Valuable Player.
Filigno, a NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, ranked first in the league in game-winning goals (seven), second in points (35) and goals (15). In the NCAA, Filigno finished third in game winners, ninth in goals and 18th in points.
The Olympic bronze medalist finished the season among the top of several categories in the RU record book, both season and career. Filigno tied for first in single season goals, first in game winners and third in points. For her career, the forward currently sits third in game-winning scores (12), fifth in goals (25) and sixth in points (60).
The winner of this year's Coach's Award was senior Kristen Siano (Hong Kong). Redshirting this season, Siano showed dedication to her team in leading the non-travel players in workouts while the Scarlet Knights were on away trips.
Redshirt senior Shannon Woeller (Vancouver, Canada) earned the scholar-athlete award for the third-straight year. The biology major started all 22 games at center back. The 2011 All-BIG EAST Third Team selection scored two goals in 2012.
The 2012 Team Spirit Award went to Samantha Valliant (Markham, ON, Canada). Unable to play in her first season as a Scarlet Knight, Valliant took the lead in charting the Scarlet Knights’ heart monitors and attended all practices and games.
The first annual Rutgers Standard Award, which is awarded to the most unselfish player that sacrificed her own personal gains for the team, went to senior midfielder Maura McLaughlin (Robbinsville, N.J.).
Redshirt senior Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.), a three-time captain for RU, received the Golden Knight Award, awarded to the Scarlet Knight with the most points in spring competitions.