Fall sports MVPs, honorees announced

Exeter's varsity coaches name 10 individual award-winners after successful fall season.

Brian Muldoon
November 20, 2019
Billy Menken '20, Joy Liu '20 and Will Coogan '20 were among the students named by their coaches as most valuable players for their respective teams this fall.

Billy Menken '20, Joy Liu '20 and Will Coogan '20 were among the students named by their coaches as most valuable players for their respective teams this fall. 

After a fall season that was filled with top performances and much success, Exeter’s varsity coaches have announced individual award winners for the 2019 season.

The student-athletes chosen are recognized for their skill, their leadership and their dedication to their respective teams, and the decisions for our coaches gets more difficult each year because of the many talented athletes that fit the criteria.

Big Red also saw an abundance of success at the team level, as three programs brought home New England hardware. The girls varsity volleyball team finished with a 20-0 record and a Class A title. On the cross-country trails, Exeter led the pack, as both girls and boys teams captured Interschol titles. The girls cross country team won its second straight championship; the boys team claimed its sixth title in the last 10 years.

Other highlights included the boys water polo team once again reaching the championship game and the boys soccer team winning 11 games, including a 6-0-2 finish as it pushed for a playoff spot.  

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and coaches, and thank you to the families, friends and fans who supported Big Red throughout the season.

Fall 2019 award winners:

The Most Valuable Member of the Boys Cross Country Team, 2019:

William Coogan ‘20

The Most Valuable Member of the Girls Cross Country Team, 2019:

Sophie Cohen ‘22


The Kathy N. Nekton Field Hockey Trophy, Most Valuable Member, 2019:

Antonina Smaldone ‘21


The Robert C. Mason Football Trophy, Most Valuable Player, 2019:

Justin Jameson ‘20


The Ransom Hooker Soccer Trophy, Most Valuable Player, 2019:

William Menken ‘20


The Most Valuable Members of the Girls Soccer Team, 2019:

Allison Hanlon ‘21

Abigail Smith ‘20


The Daniel E. Fowler Memorial Award, Most Valuable Team Member in

Water Polo, 2019:

Milo Walshe ‘20


The Ashley Birkholm Chase '95 Volleyball Most Valuable Player Award, 2019:

Awarded annually to that player who embodies leadership, team spirit, and excellence in performance.

Joy Liu ‘20


The Tia F. Carpenter ’01 Volleyball Award, 2019:

Awarded to the girl with at least three years’ experience in the volleyball program and who has contributed to the success and advancement of volleyball at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Joy Liu ‘20


Austin Family Leadership Award, 2019

Awarded annually to the player or players on the varsity soccer team, who have demonstrated leadership and selfless play throughout the season:

Jacob Gehron ‘20

William Menken ‘20

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