Ury Named POY as Five Eagles are Honored
WILMORE, Ky. - Meredith Ury was named the 2013 KIAC Player of the Year on Saturday following the conclusion of the 2013 KIAC Championship game. Head coach Brooke Lincoln took home Coach of the Year honors and three other players-- Jenna Bird, Kathryn Hale, and Victoria Thompson-- were honored as well.
Ury may not have had the gaudy stats line that many would expect out of a player of the year but she turned enough heads in conference play to earn the respect of the conference to garner the 2013 KIAC Player of the Year honors. The junior forward scored five goals and tallied five assists in conference play as she often drew the opposition's best defender. Her 26 shots were a team-high in conference play. Ury's selection to the first-team is her second as an Eagle.
Jenna Bird also makes her second appearance on the All-Conference team for the Eagles. Bird finished as the conference's runner-up in Player of the Year voting following her three-goal, six-assist performance in conference play. Bird often lined up opposite of Ury on the field, causing plenty of havoc in the opposing team's backline helping the Eagles finish the season a perfect 8-0 when playing KIAC opponents (including the playoffs).
Senior Victoria Thompson and sophomore Kathryn Hale both received nods for the second team. As the Eagles' captain, Thompson was a constant for the Eagles all season in the midfield, being one of the oly upperclassmen on the field. Hale was a steadfast part of the Eagles' backline in all the conference games and propelled the Eagles to the no. 1 seed in the conference tournament with her PK conversion against Point Park in the regular season. Both Thompson and Hale are making their first appearance on the all-conference teams.
First year head coach Brooke Lincoln finished her first season at the helm of the Eagles with a perfect 6-0 in KIAC play. She led her team to the first 6-0 record in conference play in program history, and the first automatic bid to the NAIA tournament via conference championship.
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