March 5, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa soccer team handed out awards to its record-setting 2013 team on Feb. 28 at the annual awards banquet, honoring the members that led Iowa to its first NCAA Tournament in school history.
Junior Melanie Pickert took home two awards, earning both Iowa MVP and her third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year honor. Pickert was a second-team All-Big Ten and second-team NSCAA All-Great Lakes region selection in 2013. The Canton, Mich., native led the team in goals (seven), penalty kick goals (three), and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three). Pickert was a key player in a defense that ranked second in the Big Ten in shutouts (10) and fourth in goals against average (1.07).
Junior Cloe Lacasse earned the Offensive Player of the Year award for the third-consecutive year, after leading the team in points (19) and assists (seven), while ranking second in goals (six) and shots (72) in 2013. Lacasse was also named to the All-Big Ten second team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team. The Sudbury, Ontario, native has been Iowa's leading point scorer in each of her first three seasons.
Freshman Amanda Lulek earned the Newcomer Award after seeing action in 23 matches and making 20 starts. Lulek attempted four shots on the season, with two being on goal. The Geneva, Ill., native recorded an assist in Iowa's 2-1 loss at Illinois.
Junior Katie Nasenbenny won the Hawk Award for the second consecutive year after logging three goals and one assist in the 2013 campaign. The Hawk Award is annually presented to an individual that is strong in the classroom, community, and on the soccer field. The award honors a player that is known for their hard work, dedication and selfness, as well as their desire to improve on a daily basis. Nasenbenny was also tabbed as an Academic All-Big Ten and CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.