Women’s Soccer Places Three on All-Conference Team

Hulbert, Norman and Donner recognized
Release Date:
November 11, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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#9 Alyssa Hulbert                           #2 Kayla Norman                                   #22 Kara Donner
PITTSBURGH, PA Every year since Hilbert College joined the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in 2004, the women’s soccer team has had a player, or two, selected to the All-Conference team. This 2009 season, three players have been chosen by the opposing AMCC coaches to represent Hilbert, which makes it the second time in six years.
33 players and 1 coach are recognized for their abilities and sportsmanship by the conference coaches at the completion of each season. The AMCC names 11 players (4 forwards, 3 midfielders, 3 defenders and 1 goalie) to the 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention teams; the 2009 Player of the Year is Lauren Russell, a junior forward from Frostburg; the 2009 Newcomer of the Year is Amanda Wharton, a freshman forward, also from Frostburg; and the Coach of the Year is Patrick O’Driscoll, from Penn State Behrend. Frostburg State University beat Penn State Altoona in the championship game by a score of 1-0 in OT.  To see the complete 2009 women's soccer award winners click here.
Named to the 2nd team All-Conference from Hilbert was sophomore midfielder Alyssa Hulbert (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East). Together on the AMCC Honorable Mention team are sophomore forward Kayla Norman (Brockport, NY/Brockport) and freshman defender Kara Donner (Springville, NY/Springville). “I am very happy that these three student-athletes were recognized by the AMCC for their play this past fall,” stated head coach James A. Ruggiero.
This marks Hulbert’s second year of recognition within the league; in 2008, she was named to the Honorable Mention squad at the completion of her inaugural season. In 2009, Hulbert lead the team in assists (6) and was tied for second in goals scored (4) which were good for 14 points.  Against Greensburg, Hulbert scored a hat-trick helping the team finish the game with a 7-0 victory. For her efforts that week, she was named as the Player of the Week in the AMCC (9.21.09).  “Alyssa was a warrior for us this past season and for her to be rewarded with a second team nomination is really fitting. She certainly played very hard in that central midfield against some very difficult opponents” explained coach Ruggiero. 
Norman lead the team in points (25) off of 11 goals and 3 assists. During the season, Norman had three 2-goal games (Greensburg, Thiel, La Roche).  She had the best shooting percentage on team scoring 11 goals off 29 shots and led the team with game winning goals (3).  “Kayla scored some great goals for us and she had a great day against La Roche in that upset win. Making the transition from defender to attacker has suited her nicely,” said Ruggerio.  
Donner started every game for the Hawks as a freshman. Her only stat to mention was that she fired one shoot off on the opposing team’s goal this season. But what doesn’t show up on the stat sheet is that the team grew to depend on her in the back field and what a solid player she developed into as the season progressed. “Kara really stepped in a played well for us this past season. Playing central defender in a three-back system is not easy and she obviously played well enough to get the attention of the other AMCC coaches,” continued Ruggiero.




Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.