Lawrence, Krawczak Earn Big Ten Honors
Nov. 5, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior defender Kelly Lawrence of the Indiana women's soccer team has been named First Team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row, the conference office announced today. In addition to Lawrence's honor, fellow defender Kerri Krawczak was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
"Kelly has yet again shown that she is one of the best players in the country," head coach Mick Lyon said. "I'm also very happy that Kerri played at such a high level as a freshman. Both of these awards are justly deserved."
Lawrence became just the third player in school history to earn first team honors from the conference twice in her career (Wendy Dillinger, Kim Grodek) and just the second to win first team honors two years in a row (Grodek - 2003, 2004). She is the first player in school history to earn all-conference honors three times, as she was a second team All-Big Ten selection as a freshman in 2006.
The Chigwell, Essex, England native started every game on the Indiana back line in 2008 and played all but 11 minutes on the season for the Hoosiers. She scored three goals and an assist in addition to leading a defensive unit that allowed just eight goals during the conference season.
Krawczak picked up All-Freshman laurels after a strong debut season on the back line for Indiana. The Strongsville, Ohio, native was a NSCAA High School All-American prior to joining the Hoosiers and did not disappoint in 2008. She played at center back for IU for the entire conference season, playing every minute, and she helped Lawrence anchor one of the top defensive units in the Big Ten.
In addition to Lawrence and Krawczak gaining all-conference recognition, freshman Kirsta Kellin was recognized as IU's sportsmanship award honoree for women's soccer.
With no seniors and just seven juniors on the team, the Hoosiers had one of the youngest squads in the Big Ten in 2008, finishing the season 8-10-1 with a 3-6-1 conference record, tied with Iowa for eighth in the conference. All 10 of IU's conference games were decided by a single goal, with six of the games having the decisive goal scored after the 78th minute of action.
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