Shannon Skidmore (Terryville, Conn.) of the Albertus Magnus women’s soccer team has been named the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Sportswoman of the Year. The Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year honors are given annually to two student-athletes who demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship in the GNAC.
Skidmore, a back for the Falcons, receives this esteemed accolade after helping lead the 2012 Falcons to the program’s first-ever ECAC Tournament back in November.
Skidmore is set to begin her senior season at Albertus Magnus with the women’s soccer program this fall. She has excelled both on and off the field during the last two seasons as a Falcon after transferring from Central Connecticut State University after her freshman year.
Skidmore was named to Albertus Magnus’ 2013 Spring Dean’s List after another stellar academic performance at the College. In addition to her excellent academic performance, Skidmore has volunteered with her team at the Southern Connecticut Conference Unified Games program at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, Conn. The CAS/CIAC has been offering the Unified Sports™ program to Connecticut schools for over 20 years.
Skidmore has led by example throughout her career and was recently voted to be a 2013 team captain for the Falcons’ soccer program. On and off the field, she is well-respected by her teammates, coaches, and opponents for her sportsmanlike behavior.
Previously, Skidmore was named to the GNAC All-Tournament Team in 2011 as well as the GNAC All-Conference Sportsmanship Team, while she was named her team’s recipient of the Falcon Award (Coach’s Award) in 2011 as well.
She currently has eight career goals in two seasons, placing her tied for ninth on the Falcons’ all-time scoring list, while her 20 points puts her in the top-15 all-time in that category. In 2012, she registered 14 points on six goals and two assists, while being third on the team with her six goals scored.
As a program in 2012, the Falcons made their first-ever ECAC Tournament appearance. The program also made its fourth-consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) postseason appearance.
The team was also one of 38 Division III women’s soccer programs to be named a 2012 NSCAA Ethics/Sportsmanship Award Winner as the Falcons earned the NSCAA’s Silver Team Ethics Award. The annual award winners are divided into three teams, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game as reflected by the number of cautions throughout the season.
The Falcons' claimed the Silver Award, which is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and less than five yellow cards throughout the season. The Gold honor is given to teams for completing the entire season without receiving either a yellow or red card, while Bronze is presented to teams that receive no red cards and less than 10 yellows.