November 4, 2010

Stow Wins NEC Goalie and Defensive Player of the Year, Luhrs Named to All-NEC second team

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(Fairfield, CT) - Sacred Heart senior goalkeeper Kim Stow won both the NEC Goalie of the Year and NEC Defensive Player of the Year awards, while senior midfielder Dana Luhrs was named to the all-NEC second team, announced Tuesday.

As the last line of defense for the Pioneers, Stow (Norwalk, CT) faced the most shots and made the most saves of any keeper in the conference.  In goal for every minute of SHU's season, Stow made 163 saves while facing a total of 349 shots and averaged a league-best 9.59 saves per game.  She saved twenty more shots and averaged 1.18 more saves per game than her next nearest competitor, and finished second on the league with a .769 saves percentage.

Stow earned the shutout in three of Sacred Heart's four victories on the season, blanking Holy Cross, Siena, and Robert Morris, and making 13 tough saves in a memorable 2-1 overtime win against Davidson. She becomes the first goalie in the seven-year history of the award to win the Defensive Player of the Year award as well.

Luhrs (Milford, PA) won her second consecutive all-NEC second team honor. She finished the season second on the Pioneers with five goals and three assists for 13 points.  She scored a late second half game-tying goal in the win over Davidson, assisting on the game-winning goal in overtime as well.  She scored twice in the final game of her career, accounting for both goals in a hard-fought and well-played 3-2 double overtime loss to Bryant.  She started every game, leading the Pioneers with 1,186 minutes.