March 7, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's soccer team announced its annual soccer awards at the recent team banquet.
The six awards - academic excellence, MVP, offensive/defensive players of the year, rookie of the year and the weight room award - were voted on by all three coaches and 21 players.
Goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) brought home the academic excellence award being the player with the highest overall overall grade point average. Jorgensen's 4.0 GPA also landed her on the Pac-10 All-Academic first team in 1999.
Jorgensen and Christina Pallan (Las Vegas, Nev.) were voted co-MVP's by the team. The two were voted as co-MVP's last year as well. Jorgensen collected a school-record and Pac-10 leading 126 saves in 1999. Pallan was the team's second leading scorer with 14 points on five goals and four assists.
The offensive player of the year went to leading scorer Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) for the second consecutive year. DeWitt is the second leading scorer all time at WSU. In 1999, DeWitt scored 10 goals and had eight assists.
Meagin Donovan (Noblesville, Ind.) won her second straight defensive player of year award. Donovan was the team's tough one v. one defender. The senior played in all but one game in her career at WSU.
The rookie of the year award was given to Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash.), who was the only freshman to play in every game. Stroh also led all WSU freshmen in scoring and was third on the team with 13 points. She tied for second on the team with five goals.
The coveted weight room award went to Jorgensen for being the most dedicated person in the weight room. She was always the first one in the weight room and did more than was expected of her, strength and conditioning coach Greg Sun said.
Although the team did not receive an award for its team GPA, the women's soccer team tied its highest semester GPA with a 3.22. Five Cougars were selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team this fall.