Palmer Named Southern Virginia's First VaSID Rookie of the Year

Palmer Named Southern Virginia's First VaSID Rookie of the Year

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The association of Virginia Sports Information Directors today announced its 2012 VaSID College Division All-State Women's Soccer selections with Southern Virginia University sophomore forward Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah) garnishing both All-State Second Team and Rookie of the Year honors.

With today's announcement, Palmer became only the third women's soccer player in program history to earn VaSID All-State Second Team honors and the first Souther Virginia scholar-athlete ever to be named a VaSID Rookie of the Year for any sport.

"It's great to have another first in our inaugural year as provisional NCAA Division III members," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "Lora [Palmer] had a tremendous first season and she is absolutely deserving of this honor."

Although an academic sophomore, 2012 was Palmer's first year of collegiate soccer after transferring to Southern Virginia University from Snow College last spring.

During her rookie campaign, Palmer led the Knights in goals (15), assists (4) and total points (34). Palmer's 15 single-season goals ranks fifth all-time in Southern Virginia women's soccer history.

The speedy striker also finished with a team-leading 77.6 shot-on-goal percentage. 

"Lora [Palmer] is so coachable," said Grawrock. "Despite scoring so much she always wanted to help others and create opportunities for her teammates to score."

In addition to today's VaSID recognitions, Palmer also earned both USCAA All-American and All-Academic honors last month.

VaSID names 27 all-state teams in 15 sports each year, as well as an academic all-state squad and an all-sports champion in both the university and college divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university, college or conference in the state of Virginia.

2012 VaSID College Division All-State Selections

VaSID Player of the Year—Rachel Sadowski, Jr., D, Lynchburg
VaSID Rookie of the Year—Lora Palmer, So., F, Southern Virginia
VaSID Coach of the Year—Dr. Todd Olsen, Lynchburg

First Team

D—Rachel Sadowski, Jr., Lynchburg
D—Elizabeth Stump, So., Bridgewater
D—Taylor DeVoe, So., Washington and Lee
M—Dani Gunderson, Sr., Christopher Newport
M—Shelley Hoath, Sr., Lynchburg
M—Sandra Johansson, Jr., Averett
F—Angela Bosco, Jr., Lynchburg
F—Dessi Dupuy, So., Lynchburg
F—Jessica Edelman, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
G—Audrey Moore, Sr., Lynchburg
AL—Emma O'Reilly, Jr., Christopher Newport 

Second Team

D—Emma Olsson, So., Averett
D—Alexis Stahlman, Jr., Christopher Newport
D—Krista Witmer, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
M—Cortney Pattison, So., Bluefield
M—Mathilda Hansson, So., Averett
M—Stephanie Parenteau, Sr., Roanoke
F—Pernilla Milton, Jr., Averett
F—Erin Hauser, Sr., Randolph-Macon
F—Lora Palmer, So., Southern Virginia
G—Erica Keil, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
AL—Nicole Martinez, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan