Sep 3, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 9.3.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- All Patriot League teams have had at least two matches thus far in 2013, and Lafayette is the last remaining unbeaten squad. After quick starts for Bucknell and Colgate have cooled somewhat, the Leopards posted their second straight victory over the weekend and now sit 2-0.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Boston University received one point in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25.
In Tuesday's NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic rankings, Boston University is ranked No. 1, Colgate No. 3 and Navy tied for ninth.
American's 1-0 win at Howard Friday was the first in the head coaching career of Anabel Jimenez Hering.
Lafayette is 2-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.
Boston University has not allowed a goal in 287:30, and has surrendered just one in four matches.
Boston University's 0-0 draw Friday against South Carolina was its first scoreless tilt since Sept. 5, 2006 against Brown.
South Carolina was ranked No. 11 by Soccer America entering that contest against the Terriers.
BU junior keeper Alyssa Parisi made her first career start and picked up the clean sheet Sunday against Northwestern.
Army senior Kimberly An's tally Sunday at Massachusetts was the 27th of her career. She's two shy of seventh all-time in West Point history.
Army freshman keeper Jordan Cassalia owns both Black Knight shutouts this season.
Colgate moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006 with Thursday's 3-0 win over Siena.
Navy and No. 15 Maryland were scoreless for 70 minutes on Sunday before the Terps broke through with two late goals on senior keeper Elizabeth Hoerner.
Holy Cross hosts Manhattan Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the first of four matches on the Patriot League Network this week. Others include Bucknell hosting St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, while Navy entertains St. Bonaventure and Lehigh hosts Central Connecticut on Sunday.
Sunday's Army-Massachusetts tilt was the first meeting between the two programs.
Patriot League Notebook
WELCOME THE NEWCOMERS
For the first time since 2001 there's a new face competing in the Patriot League, and this time around it's doubled. After a year of waiting, Boston University and Loyola Maryland made their League debuts Aug. 23, and both were winners. The Terriers scored a 1-0 victory over Dayton at home, while the Greyhounds were 2-1 winners at Towson. Before this season the League hadn't seen a new women's soccer member since 2001, when American joined in all sports. That year the Eagles brought the number of teams to an even eight. From 1995-2000 the League featured seven members.
NEW FACE NAMED FAVORITE
Last season's League finalists were looking up at a new face when the preseason poll came out Aug. 19. Boston University secured 152 points and 12 first-place votes to claim the top spot, ahead of last year's runner-up Navy (144 points, four votes) and defending champion Colgate (138, four). Loyola Maryland, which took fourth with 101 points, looks to be an immediate contender as well after coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance for winning the MAAC title. 2011 champion Army (98 points) took fifth, while Lehigh (73), Bucknell (69), American (47), Holy Cross (47) and Lafayette (31) rounded out the poll.
BIGGER LEAGUE, BIGGER TOURNAMENT
With the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland, the Patriot League announced it is expanding six of its tournaments and one of those is women's soccer. After 22 years of tournaments where the top four teams qualified, the 2013 field will involve six teams. The top two teams will earn quarterfinal byes, while seeds 3 through 6 will battle in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The tournament will re-seed for the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8, and the last two remaining teams will vie for the League crown and automatic NCAA berth on Sunday, Nov. 10. The top overall seed will host the semifinals and championship.
HOERNER UP FOR SENIOR CLASS HONOR
After a very strong season in which she led Navy within a game of the Patriot League championship, goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award days before the start of the season. A preseason All-League pick, she is the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year after amassing a 19-2-1 mark and a 1.06 goals-against average. She was recognized for her academic achievements as well with the League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in her sport, along with first-team Scholar All-America honors from the NSCAA.
HOERNER, SEABROOK BEING WATCHED
Navy senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner and junior defender Jade Seabrook were named to the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to the season. Both were first-team All-League performers in 2012, with Hoerner the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year and Seabrook the Defensive Player of the Year. The Hermann Trophy honors the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation.
TOP TEAMS DOMINATE PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
It's probably comes as no surprise that all 11 members of the preseason All-League squad come from the top six teams in the preseason poll, and eight from the clubs in the top three. In addition to topping the standings prediction, BU also claimed an individual honor with senior forward Madison Clemens being named preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Navy junior Jade Seabrook, coming off an All-American campaign in which she was named the League's Defensive Player of the Year, was named the preseason favorite to repeat that honor.
WATCH FREE ON THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create the Patriot League Network, a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. Currently more than 40 women's soccer matches are tentatively scheduled to stream on the Network, both League and non-League, including the Patriot League Tournament.
NCAA RECOGNIZES LEAGUE AGAIN
The Patriot League was once again a big winner when the NCAA announced its latest set of Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards and Academic Progress Rate data in June. Women's soccer quads from American, Bucknell and Lafayette were three of the 71 total League teams cited for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in the most recent multi-year APR data, while all eight schools from before the July 1 expansion boasted an APR of 985 or better. Newcomers BU and Loyola will fit right in, as their APR data in women's soccer are both above 985.