News Release: Student Life

Nov. 14,  2008

Briggs Named UAA Women's Soccer Player of the Year

From Emory Athletics News 

Emory University’s Whitney Briggs highlighted a group Eagles earning all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors, as the senior was named the UAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.  In addition to Briggs, Grace Lam, Alexa Wahr, and Sarah Wilkerson earned spots on the all-UAA first team, while Talia Dweck and Kerri Lydon earned honorable mentions.

This season marks just the fourth time in the program’s history, and the first time since the 2000 season, that four or more players have been selected to the all-UAA first team.

Briggs became the third player in the history of the Emory Women’s Soccer Team to be named the UAA Player of the Year, joining Andrea Pawliczek (2000) and Diana Spock (1994).  The senior was one of the most versatile players in the UAA during the season, playing aggressively on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.  She finished the season leading all UAA players with three game-winning goals in conference play, in addition to ranking second in the conference with four UAA goals and third with nine points.  Overall, Briggs scored six goals and two assists for 14 points during the campaign, the second-best total on the team, including a team-best four game-winning goals, while helping Emory record a 0.56 goals-against average.

Briggs’ season was highlighted by her ‘golden goal’ in the second overtime period of Emory’s season finale against Carnegie Mellon University, which lifted the Eagles to a share of their fifth UAA Championship.  She also earned a spot on the all-UAA first team, marking the second conference honor of her career, following her selection to the second team in 2007.

Lam earned her third all-UAA honor in as many seasons with the Eagles, and her second-straight first team selection.  The senior defender was a key part of the Emory defense, which recorded a 0.56 goals-against average and 10 shutouts during the season.  In UAA matches, Lam scored two goals, while helping the Eagles outscore their UAA foes 14-6 and outshoot them, 107-70.

Wahr paced the Eagles from the midfield position during UAA play, scoring all of her points during the season, two goals and two assists, in UAA matches.  She earned her third all-UAA honor, after being named to the second team in 2007, and an honorable mention in 2006.

In her first season as the Eagles’ full-time starter in goal, Wilkerson started all 19 Emory games and recorded a UAA-low 0.55 goals-against average, while leading the conference with eight shutouts during the season.  In UAA matches, she was 6-1-0 with two shutouts and a 0.82 goals-against average.  This was the first postseason honor of Wilkerson’s Emory career.

Dweck finished the regular season leading all Emory players with seven assists.  Her four assists in UAA matches tied her for the lead among all players in the conference.  Dweck has scored a total of nine points during the season.  This was the first postseason honor of her career. 

Lydon started all 19 games during the season for Emory, scoring two goals and five assists for nine points, the fourth-best total on the team.  In UAA play, the senior scored one assist, and helped the squad on the defensive side of the ball as well.  This is the first postseason honor of Lydon’s career.

The Eagles won the fifth UAA Championship in school history during the 2008 season, and the first since the 2004 season.  Emory, which finished the regular season with a 15-3-1 record, will take on St. Mary’s College of Maryland in their NCAA Tournament first round match on Saturday at 1:30 PM.

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