The LaGrange College women's soccer team presented its 2011 team awards recently. The Panthers were the Great South Athletic Conference Championship Tournament runners-up this past season. They advanced to the championship match with two shootout wins over Agnes Scott and nine-time defending tournament champion Maryville.
Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Totaro was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year. She earned GSAC All-Academic honors and played in 18 matches with 16 starts.Totaro had a 1.99 goals against average, recording 82 saves and five shutouts. She scored the deciding penalty kicks against Agnes Scott and Maryville in the GSAC Tournament.
Freshman Elise Hopson received the Golden Boot Award as the team's leading scorer. Hopson, who played the midfield, was selected to the GSAC All-Freshman team. She led the team in scoring with 14 points. Hopson tied for the team lead with six goals and had two assists. She also had a team-best two game-winning goals.
Sophomore Hope Sims is the Defensive Player of the Year. Sims, a defender, was selected to the GSAC All-Conference team and also earned GSAC All-Academic honors. She played in and started 20 matches. Sims helped anchor a defense which had seven shutouts during season.
Sophomore forward Brittany Gray is the Offensive Player of the Year. Gray also earned GSAC All-Academic honors. She tied for second on the team in scoring with 13 points. Gray had three goals and a team-leading seven assists. This is the second straight season she led the team in assists.
Kari Sybrandt is the Newcomer of the Year. The freshman defender played in 20 matches with 16 starts. Sybrandt also helped anchor the defense that had seven shutouts.
Sophomore goalkeeper Robin Dillon received the team's Coaches Award.