Greenville, S.C. — Furman soccer standout Stephanie DeVita was named the Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year for 2015-16, it was announced by the league office. DeVita will be honored as part of the league’s annual Honors Dinner on Wednesday night in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
DeVita, a native of Simpsonville, S.C., and product of Hillcrest High School, is the eighth Paladin to win the award and is the second recipient from the women’s soccer program. She was named first-team all-conference in 2015 for the fourth consecutive season and scored all six goals for the Paladins in their three SoCon tournament matches to help Furman claim the 2015 Southern Conference tournament crown. As a senior, she was named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team.
“Stephanie has been a vital part of our program for the past four years and represented Furman with class both on and off the field,” said Furman head coach Andrew Burr. “
She finished her career as the Southern Conference’s all-time leader in career goals with 68. The forward/midfielder recorded 29 game-winning goals throughout her career, which set a new conference mark. Here 159 career points are the most in school history and rank second all-time in the league.
As a senior, DeVita opened the season by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Furman past Big 12 foe Oklahoma. She closed the year by leading Furman to its second SoCon Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in three years by chipping the goalkeeper with seconds remaining to lead Furman past UNCG in the SoCon semifinals and scoring in double overtime to lift the Paladins over Mercer in the championship round.
Off the pitch, DeVita served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader for the past two years and completed an internship as a personal trainer at the Furman Physical Activities Center. She trained youth soccer players in her spare time and volunteered with her teammates at the St. Anthony’s afterschool program for four years.
During her four-year career at Furman, DeVita earned two SoCon Player of the Year awards, was named SoCon Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and was twice named Furman’s Edna Hartness Female Athlete of the Year.
A member of the Southern Conference Honor Roll, DeVita completed her degree in health sciences.