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McSweeney Elected 2013 Yale Captain

Shannon McSweeney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shannon McSweeney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Team Awards Also Announced

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Shannon McSweeney, who has helped anchor a potent defense throughout her time at Yale, has been elected captain of the 2013 Yale women's soccer team. The announcement was made following a team vote.

"Being elected captain is a dream come true," said McSweeney, a Stow, Mass., native. "Soccer has been such an important part of my life for so long, and this is an amazing way to culminate my soccer career. I hope that I am able to lead by example, instill a rejuvenated pride in Yale women's soccer and push everyone on the team to their limits."

This fall, McSweeney was limited to 11 games due to an injury. She started eight games and was a key member of a defense that posted five shutouts. McSweeney missed all of her sophomore season in 2011 after suffering an injury in the preseason. In 2010, she was the only freshman to start all 17 games. After Yale's 1-0 victory over Penn State, she was named a Primetime Performer.

McSweeney will be one of five seniors on next year's team, joining Juliann Jeffrey, Anna McCahon, Jessica Schloth and Katie Underwood.

"Those four are my best friends at Yale, and I am 100 percent confident that they will work with me in leading our team as they are supportive and share a passion for winning the Ivy League," McSweeney said. "We get along so well on and off the soccer field and this cohesion will make setting and achieving goals that much easier."

McSweeney inherits the captaincy from Jenny Butwin, who did an outstanding job leading the Bulldogs this fall. McSweeney said he has learned quite a bit from the captains during her time at Yale.

"At the end of the day, the captain must have the team's best interest as their primary concern," she said.

In addition to the naming of the captain, three team awards were announced. Torrey Leroy, a second team All-Ivy selection, was chosen as the most valuable player. She capped her Yale career with an outstanding senior season, starting 16 games and anchoring the Yale defense.

Senior Anne Song earned the most improved player award. She appeared in a career-high 17 games and tied for third on the team with seven points. The highlight of her season came when she scored the winning goal in overtime against Fairfield.

Freshmen Rachel Ames and Shannon Conneely shared the Captain's Cup, which is presented by the seniors to the freshman that represents the program well on and off the field. Ames started nine games in goal and posted a 1.17 goals against average. Conneely, a midfielder, appeared in all 17 games and finished with four points (1 goal, 2 assists).

The Bulldogs finished with an 8-7-2 overall record, the 10th time in the last 11 years they have had a winning overall record.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity