The Vermont Sports Media Association has chosen seniors from Stowe High School, Colchester High School and Wellesley College as its athletes of the month for October.
In statewide balloting of VSMA members, Stowe field hockey player and cross-country runner Colleen McGovern was elected as the female high school athlete and Colchester soccer player Matt Goudie as the male winner. Middlebury resident Kaitlyn Kirkaldy claimed the open division category.
Each was nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts in the month of October.
McGovern dominated in both her sports in October. She won the Division III girls cross country title with a time of 21:18, a day after she helped the Stowe field hockey team win its D-III quarterfinal by scoring a goal and adding an assist. McGovern then contributed an assist in a semifinal win over North Country; the team won the D-III title in November.
Goudie, a prolific striker, scored five goals in three October playoff games to lead No. 2 Colchester to the D-I final. Those scores included the overtime game-winner in the Lakers’ semifinal victory over No. 3 Hartford. The Metro Conference’s leading goal scorer, Goudie tallied 10 goals in all during October for the Lakers, who went on to win the D-I title in early November.
Kirkaldy is a co-captain and defender for the Wellesley field hockey team. Wellesley went 7-2 in October, while allowing eight goals and posting four shutouts, and ended the month as the NEWMAC regular season champion at 8-0. The team finished 18-4 and reached the NCAA D-III Elite Eight. Kirkaldy made two defensive saves in a 3-2 win at Springfield.