Student-Athlete Senior Spotlights

Compiled by Hillary Kane, Victoria Ripple and Gabrielle Devaud

Sarah Cannon: Women’s Lacrosse

Career Summary
- All-Centennial Conference second team (2011)
- 69 goals
- 65 assists
- 134 points
- 5th in assists (65)

Head Coach Julika Blankenship says about her lone senior, “Sarah Cannon was such a great leader and captain for us this season. She is the type of leader that every coach loves to have as a part of their program. She was lucky enough to see the progression of this program and finally reach our goal of making the conference tournament. She also had a great year as a player and won all conference honors.”

Leigh Carbutt: Softball

Career Summary
- All-Centennial Conference first team
- Batted .379 with two home runs and 29 RBI
- Best single season team runs record (37)
- In conference second in doubles, third in runs scored, third in hits, fourth in RBI and total bases, tenth in batting average, and tied for tenth in stolen bases.

Leigh Carbutt thinks back to her career over the last three years:
“Sports have been a part of my life ever since I could remember, so naturally when I came to WAC I was going to continue to pursue those same passions. While this past weekend may currently stand out in my mind as a disappointment (and may for a while), I would be naive to overlook how far we as a team have come since my freshman year. While playoffs seemed like a somewhat impossible feat walking in freshman year, it was gratifying to finally make an appearance there, coming in as the second seed at that. It is hard to believe that my career here is over and there is no doubt that I will miss playing.”

Danielle Rosato: Field Hockey

Career Summary
- 30 career goals
- 6 career assists
- 6 game-winning goals
- Two year NFHCA National Academic Squad player

Coach Boyle said, “Danielle Rosato has contributed to our team’s development in becoming an ‘attacking threat’. The addition of Danielle to our squad from the time she arrived as a freshman was evidence that speed and skill was a necessity in order to continue to compete in our conference and have success…I am so thankful to Danielle for her contributions and competitiveness, she truly made me more aware of the importance of speed, it is now what our team would define itself as, and the capabilities it provides the individual player and the teams ability to be successful.”

Rosato said, “Washington College field hockey has taught me how to be a leader and how to fully dedicate yourself to a team. Being on a collegiate team also gave me a great outlet to compete. As I move on with my life, the things I will miss most are spending time with the team, and trying to fit in a routine exercise schedule.”

Sara Rutkowski: Field Hockey

Career Summary
- 13 career assists, along with 6 career goals
- 6 career goals
- Ranked 1st in minutes played (4098) and 2nd in games started (71)

Coach Rachel Boyle recaps, “Sara Rutkowski, the Shorewomen’s consistent 4-year starting defender. Sara has started and played in every game since she arrived as a freshman, in fact, I would venture a guess and say, she has played in almost every minute of every game. Although Sara was a quiet athlete, her consistency was unparalleled. I don’t recall a game in her four year career when I ever was looking for someone to sub in for Sara because she was having an ‘off’ day. She brought to our team and program a calm spirit and was unbelievably coachable.

Sara says, “Being on a demanding team taught me time management, and working towards goals. I’m so pleased with how the season ended, and I will miss the team and playing hockey very much.”

Shannon Davis: Field Hockey

Career Summary
- All-Centennial Conference second team (2010)
- 139 career saves,
- 2 shutouts
- 18 saves in a single game in 2010

Coach Boyle said, “Shannon Davis, the Shorewomen’s 2010 Starting Goalkeeper, proved to be a truly special and significant figure in our defenses efforts to reach post-season in 2010. The most impressive aspect of Shannon’s play was her ability to play off of her defenders and her defenders’ ability to play off of her. I was so impressed with Shannon and her ability to come in senior year and own the goalkeeping position. We will miss ‘contrary Connie’ and all that she brought to our team. She taught me a great deal about the type of goalkeeper that you need to have to be successful and for that I truly thank her.”

Davis said, “Washington College field hockey has taught me patience and determination on a whole new level. It was not until my senior year that I was able to prove what I was truly capable of, which was a great sendoff into a new chapter of my life. I’m going to miss the team and playing hockey very much.”

Becca Nicely: Softball

Career Summary
- All-Centennial Conference second team
- Batted .257 with four home runs and 14 RBI, all career-bests.
- Career-highs in games played (30), at-bats (74), hits (19), total bases (31) and slugging percentage (.419).
- Tied for sixth in the Centennial Conference in home runs.

Nicely recaps on the season:
“We had a really great season this year, making it to the Centennial Conference playoffs as the number two seed. Although I won’t be here, I am excited to see how successful the team will be next year.”

May 6, 2011
Volume LXXXI Issue 25

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