Harvard Women’s Soccer Hands Out Team Awards

Harvard Women’s Soccer Hands Out Team Awards

Taryn Kurcz tallied four goals as a senior in 2012 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's soccer team recently held its annual banquet, as the squad celebrated the 2012 season. The Crimson posted its sixth straight winning season, going 9-5-3 overall, while owning a 3-3-1 conference mark.

With the team, coaches and members of the administration in attendance, head coach Ray Leone announced the recipients of the Crimson's three major awards.

Leone presented the Leslie Gray Poole '83 Memorial Award, given annually to the most improved player on the Harvard women's soccer team. Senior midfielder/defender Aisha Price and sophomore defender Erika Garcia were the recipients of this award. Price played in all 17 games and was selected to the NEWISA Senior Bowl after tying for the Harvard lead with five assists on the year.

Garcia also played in 17 games this fall and earned All-Ivy second team honors, as well as NSCAA all-region third team accolades.

Leone handed out the Seamus Malin '62 Award, given annually to the player who has, through love of the game and commitment to Harvard, demonstrated the values shown by Seamus Malin '62 in his long and continuing association with Harvard and the game.

Senior goalkeeper Alexandra Millet was the recipient of this trophy. Millet, who overcame several injuries during her time at Harvard, played in 20:31 of action this fall, and earned the start in the season finale against Columbia Nov. 3. 

The final award presented was the Meg Berte Owen '94 Memorial Award, which is given annually to the soccer player that best exemplifies Meg's leadership, work ethic, passion, courage, and sheer determination both on and off the playing field. The award is named after former Harvard captain Meg Berte Owen. Meg, the captain of the 1993 team, passed away from lung disease brought on from an earlier battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Senior midfielder Taryn Kurcz, who saw action in all 17 games, was the recipient of this award. Kurcz ranked fourth on the Crimson with four goals, and tallied a career-best two goals against Boston University Sept. 3. She was also named COOP Athlete of the Week Sept. 4.