NEW YORK – The Columbia field hockey team held its annual end-of-year banquet on Saturday, March 29 in the Milstein Hospitality Pavilion at The Campbell Sports Center. At the event, the program honored its 2013 award winners and celebrated the careers of graduating seniors Danielle Cosentino, Liz Malone and Creaghan Peters.

Here is a list of this year’s award winners.

Most Valuable Player – Christina Freibott

“Every member of this program is valuable in some shape or form,” stated head coach Marybeth Freeman. “However, Christina was able to control the tempo of the game with her commanding presence on both sides of the ball and hold herself and team accountable. Not only did she make valuable contributions, finishing with five goals (including two game-winners), six assists and team high 41 shots on goal, she challenged her teammates to take their skills to the next level making our program stronger as a whole. “

Most Improved Player – Lindsey Walter

“As a coach, this award is very special to me as it is the backbone of why I chose this career path,” Freeman said. “Learning must always be a priority. This award goes to Lindsey because she grew from the first day of preseason and earned her way on the starting lineup. She listened to what the staff was asking of her technically, tactically and physically and took it upon herself to focus on changes. She took on her role with a confidence that continued to develop as the season progressed.”

The Field Hockey Award – Lauren Skudalski

The Field Hockey Award is given annually to the player, selected by her teammates, who has contributed the most to elevate the level and moral of the team through her leadership for the program.

The Lion Pride Award – Liz Malone

The Lion Pride award was established in 2005 and is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of Perseverance, Respect, Intensity, Dedication and Effort, not only on the field, but in the community and with her teammates as well.

3-Touch Hockey Award – Kyle Marsh & Marlee Silverstein

3 Touch Hockey, a philosophy instilled within the Columbia Field Hockey Program, became an award in 2010. This award indentifies a student-athlete who combined athletics, academics, and community into their life on a daily basis. 

“Kyle received a 3.75 GPA during the fall 2013 semester and has a cumulative GPA of a 3.51,” noted Freeman during the banquet. “Not only is she stellar in the classroom but she is also the co-founder of ECO-LIONS, a program dedicated to a ‘greener’ campus.”

Marlee posted a 3.64 GPA this past fall and is actively involved with the campus program HEAL, working with students in the education system and teaching health related topics,” noted Freeman.

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