WALLA WALLA - Corina Gabbert, one of the most talented goal scorers in the history of the Whitman College soccer program, is the 2010 winner of the Mignon Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top female athlete on campus.
The trophy, which is awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.
After recovering from an early season injury, Gabbert terroized opponents last fall en route to the most prolific Whitman soccer scoring season in two decades.
At 5-feet-8, Gabbert combined good size and speed with stellar soccer skills and creativity to bunch 19 goals and six assists in 17 games. Her 2.59 points-per-game scoring average led the Northwest Conference.
She booted a hat trick (three goals in one game) against three different conference opponents, and she earned NWC player-of-the-week honors for women's soccer (offense) in four of the season's final six weeks.
Gabbert, who was voted to the All-NWC First Team for a third straight season, collected 14 goals and four assists in 14 conference games. That made her the NWC's leading scorer in head-to-head competition.
A four-year starter, Gabbert made the All-NWC Second Team in her first season at Whitman. She finished her Missionary career with 45 goals and 12, giving her 102 points overall.
Gabbert, a team captain as both a junior and senior, joined 2008 Whitman graduate Kristen Berndt as the only Whitman players in the last two decades to top the 100-point plateau.
A history major who also took pre-med courses, Gabbert exceled in the classroom as well as on the field. Early last fall, she was voted to the Academic All-District First Team for the College Division (NCAA DII, NCAA DIII, NAIA) in District VIII, an area that includes 11 western states and British Columbia.
Later in the fall, Gabbert was voted to the Academic All-America Second Team. ESPN The Magazine sponsors the academic recognition program, which is sanctioned by the NCAA and administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Mignon Borleske Trophy honors a woman who first came to Whitman in 1915 as the young spouse of Raymond V. Borleske, a sports legend in the making. Her husband, who had starred as a football and baseball player at Whitman, was embarking at the time on a long coaching career at his alma mater.
Mignon Borleske taught dance and women's education classes at Whitman for nearly four decades.