Driscoll, Palatino Honored by Athletic Program at Senior Awards Luncheon
The Connecticut College Athletic program recently hosted its senior awards luncheon and two members of the Camels' soccer team were recognized with department awards. Katelyn Driscoll was honored with The Anita L. DeFrantz '74 Award while classmate Brigi Palatino was recognized with the Erica M. Bos '92 Award
The Anita L. DeFrantz '74 Award was established in 1995 by Kathryn Smith '84. It is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz '74.
The Erica M. Bos '92 Award was established in 1990 to honor an athlete whose courage, motivation, and relentless determination serve as an inspiration to others.
Katelyn Driscoll left her mark as one of the most talented and versatile student-athletes to compete at Connecticut College. Competing in soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse, Driscoll had little time to rest. On the lacrosse field, the 2011 All-NESCAC & IWLCA All-Region selection netted 108 goals and dished out 35 assists. She served as a captain for the past two years and provided a huge lift to the Camels this spring by netting the game-winning goal against Williams College as time expired.
"A true on field leader/on field coach, Katelyn was a key component in our success this season," Coach Liz Longley said.
On the pitch as a two-year captain and starting left back for the women's soccer team, Driscoll started every game in 2011 and played nearly every minute of the season. Coach Norm Riker felt that she was the best left back that he observed all year. At the conclusion of the season, Driscoll was voted team MVP.
On the ice as a defensewoman, Driscoll was a contributor for a squad that qualified for the NESCAC Tournament in each of her four years of competition. Driscoll's sister Maggie Driscoll '06 received the DeFrantz Award in her senior year.
Brigi Palatino fractured her left tibia plateau on July 17th in a women's soccer summer league game. This injury was non-weight bearing and entailed a suggested three-month recovery.
Undeterred, Palatino did pool workout after pool workout, and anything else she could to participate in her senior season.
Although she missed all of preseason and the first three weeks of games, she was ahead of her scheduled return. Palatino was cleared to play in late September, and her return to the pitch inspired the Camels in a home win against Bowdoin College. Palatino's leadership, commitment, resolve, speed and powerful play was a needed boost for the team. She netted the game-winner against Mount Holyoke College and arguably scored the best goal of the year in a must-win game versus Wesleyan with a 25-yard volley. Although her goal did not stand up, it symbolized her return and what she meant to the women's soccer team.
Palatino easily could have let her senior season slip away due to her injury, but she refused to quit or get down. She worked hard every day, never missed a practice, and lived in the training room in order to get better. Upon her return, she established herself right away as a leader, a goal scorer, and an impact player.
June 10, 2012