Couzo Among NJAIAW's "Women Of The Year"

Couzo Among NJAIAW's "Women Of The Year"

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Women's soccer student-athlete Allie Couzo (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) has been named Felician College's recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year Award.

The NJAIAW's Woman of the Year program is run in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD), and awards are based upon athletic excellence, academic success and community service. Approximately 150 high school and junior and senior college student-athletes earned the award in 2013.

Couzo, a senior, owns a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average as a pre-physical therapy major, and in the fall of 2012, was accepted into a joint doctorate degree program in physical therapy with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). A student in Felician's honors program, she was a 2011 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar and was selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month in September 2012. Couzo is a 2009 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High.

"Words cannot express how extremely proud I am of Allie," said Felician fifth-year women's soccer coach Thomas Notte. "She has grown into a wonderful young woman, a role model for our younger student-athletes, and a great ambassador both for Felician College and our program. Allie strives for excellence in everything that she does."

Competitively, Couzo was a four-year starter at goalkeeper for the Golden Falcons. She was voted to All-CACC Second Team in 2011, and the CACC All-Tournament team in 2009. She ranks in the top three all-time at Felician in games played, wins, and solo shutouts by a keeper.

Couzo will be formally honored during halftime of Felician's 8 p.m. home men's basketball game against Post University on Tuesday in Rutherford.

NGWSD celebrates the athletic achievements of women and the positive well-being associated with sports participation while also recognizing the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. Feb. 6 is the 27th anniversary of the chartering of NGWSD by Congress.