had little doubt that her name would be called at the Awards Banquet at the National Museum of the American Indian in DC last night.da Coach
In the final, standing behind the net, she dished out enough assists in just 5 minutes of the first half, to single handedly bury North Carolina. Her passes were so sharp to teammates crossing in front of, or charging towards the net, it almost seemed easy.
At 4:52 Neilsen took charge of the game with the first of her 5 assists in the half. In less than five minutes, those assists, plus two Free position shots (Jean Russell and Brooke Matthews) gave the Cats' as many points as the Tarheels scored all evening. After that burst, the Cats were leading 15-3 in just the first half.
Neilsen added one more assist in the 2nd half, making the score 20-4, before coming out to give a few subs a chance at TV time in the national final.
The Tarheels did figure out how to keep her from scoring - she was held to just one shot on goal - but they couldn't stop the rest of the team and her assists. Even towards the end of the game, Neilsen was roaming free behind the net, looking to dish out another goal.
At that point, there seemed little doubt that Neilsen would wind up with her second "Mohawk Indian" - The 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy. [above]
Nielsen Captures Tewaaraton Trophy For Second-Straight Year means herTrophy case (is) getting cluttered.
After watching her play in the National Championship game, I can truly say - She earned it!
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