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Women’s Soccer Sweeps AMCC Top Honors
11/08/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - Following the Bobcat’s third consecutive AMCC championship, junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.) was named AMCC Player of the Year, freshman Danielle Carter (Rockville/Rockville, Md.) was named AMCC Newcomer of the Year, and head coach Brian Parker was named AMCC Coach of the Year.

Kotofski was named Player of the Year and selected to the All-AMCC first team for the third straight season. She set a school single-season record by scoring her 22nd goal against Penn State Behrend in the tournament finals. She also set career records in goals (60) and points (134) earlier in the season.

Kotofski, who was named AMCC Player of the Week three times this year, leads the conference with 1.22 goals per game. She also ranks second in the conference with 2.72 points per game.

“Karen is clearly a special player. Her commitment to the game is reflected in her fitness level, and her statistics this season and throughout her career support that,” said Parker. “She is as strong a player on the ball as anyone and is a very composed and dominating finisher.”

Carter, who was second on the team with 15 goals and 31 points in 15 games this season, was named Newcomer of the Year and also selected to the All-AMCC second team. Carter, who was named AMCC Player of the Week once, has five multi-goal games this season including two scores against Penn State Behrend in the AMCC Tournament Finals.

“You cannot teach speed and you can rarely stop it,” said Parker. “Carter’s speed combined with her skill and knowledge will make her a deadly striker for years to come.”

Parker, who is in his second season as FSU head coach, has led the Bobcats to their third straight conference championship and first undefeated AMCC season. Over the past two seasons he has led FSU to a 25-12-4 record and looks to have the Bobcats in position to earn their third straight invitation to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

“I feel lucky, because I get to watch the best team in the conference every week,” said Parker. “Any coaching award is a reflection of quality players that give a tremendous effort every time they take the field and have a deep commitment to the program.”

Also earning all-conference first-team honors was sophomore defender Beth Hlebasko (Linganore/New Market, Md.). Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.), sophomore defender Teri Galt (Good Counsel/Silver Spring, Md.), junior midfielder Aimee Sprague (Yarmouth/Yarmouth, Mass.), and sophomore midfielders Erin Carraghan (Walkersville/Walkersville, Md.) and Jodie Gittleson (Wooton/Rockville, Md.), were all named to the all-conference second-team.

Frostburg State now awaits a possible third consecutive invitation to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Selections will be announced Monday, November 10th.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu