Sept. 12, 2005
Nikkie Hessney and Connor Tobin Named Vermont Student-Athletes of the Week
BURLINGTON, Vt. ? Senior Nikkie Hessney (Victor, N.Y.) from the women?s
soccer team and freshman Connor Tobin (Fort Collins, Colo.) from the men?s
soccer team are the Vermont Student-Athletes of the Week.
Hessney netted a hat trick, the second of her career and the 18th in the history
of women's soccer at UVM, to lead Vermont past Robert Morris, 4-2, in the
second round of the Duquesne Invitational. Hessney, who holds the NCAA Division
I record for the fastest hat trick, was a factor in all four goals, also
handing out an assist on Amy Cochran's tally in the contest.
A two-time America East All-Conference selection, Hessney is tied for the team
lead in scoring with nine points (4-1-9). She was the team's leading scorer in
2003 with 18 points, before being sidelined for the 2004 season and redshirting
the year. She currently ranks second among the America East leaders in points
per game (1.50) and goals per game (0.67).
Tobin (Fort Collins, Colo.) was singled out by the Vermont coaching staff for
his exceptional play as the Catamounts captured the Smith Barney/Nike Soccer
Classic. Tobin, who has started all five games at outside back, was at his best
in a win over 13th-ranked San Francisco. He helped limit USF's Aaron Chandler,
last year?s WCC Player of the Year, to just one shot attempt. Vermont
(5-0-0), ranked 26th in the nation in the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Top
30, is off to its best start in 28 seasons. The Cats head to Nashville this
weekend to take on Missouri Valley foes Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky in the
Vanderbilt Puma Classic.
Vermont Athletic Communications