CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Five teams enter the week off victories, with Navy riding a two-game win streak after a pair of overtime wins at its own Navy Invitational. The Mids and Colgate, last year's participants in the Patriot League title game, are tied for the most wins in the League with four each.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Boston University received five points in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 poll out Tuesday. The Terriers ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic Regional poll, with Colgate (third) and Navy (eighth) also appearing. A pair of teams will take on nationally ranked foes this week, with Bucknell hosting No. 13 Penn State Tuesday night, and Colgate traveling to No. 22 Marquette on Friday evening. Bucknell-Penn State will air on the Patriot League Network. Colgate is 4-1 for the first time since starting 5-1 in 2006. The Raiders finished that season with 13 wins. Alyssa Parisi played the second half in goal and picked up the victory in Boston University's 3-2 victory at Akron on Sunday. Three different Terriers scored in the game. Colgate's Caroline Brawner recorded her third career three-point game in Sunday's victory at Cornell. Lehigh junior keeper Ashley Blanks stopped four shots in the first half and earned credit for the 1-0 victory over Central Connecticut on Sunday. The Mountain Hawks will make their first trip to California in program history this weekend for contests with Pacific and at Saint Mary's. A trio of rookies - Nicole Wojcik and Maddie Boccio setting up Nicole Wahlig - accounted for Loyola's goal in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss at Delaware. Navy junior forward Morgan Dankanich has seven career game-winning goals. There are 24 matches scheduled this week through Sunday's 5 p.m. Lehigh-Saint Mary's matchup in Moraga, Calif. Six matches will air on the Patriot League Network this week, including three at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The first League match of the season is 10 days away when Boston University visits Navy on Friday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.
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.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (9.2-9.8)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVYJr., F, Glenmoore, Pa. Dankanich scored in both Navy victories over the weekend as the Mids hosted the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. In her first act, Dankanich scored the game-winner in double overtime in the 104th minute to propel the Mids to a 1-0 victory over Duquesne on Friday. Two days later against St. Bonaventure the junior struck again with curving corner kick that curled into the net in the 82nd minute to awaken the Mids' offense and cut the Bonnies' lead to 2-1. The Mids forced extra time, and Dankanich picked up the assist on Kaylie Davidson's golden-goal winner at the 92:00 mark in the 3-2 win. Dankanich, who totaled five points on the week, was honored with a spot on the Navy Invitational All-Tournament Team.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK LEXI PANEPINTO, COLGATESo., D, Buffalo, N.Y. Panepinto played a strong two-way game for the Raiders in Sunday's 3-0 victory at Cornell. The sophomore helped lead a Colgate defense that helped sophomore keeper Erin Cummings stay clean with three blocks during the course of the match. Panepinto personally accounted for one of those early in the second half to stifle any comeback attempt by the Big Red. She also contributed offensively, capping off the Raiders' offense with a 25-yard strike into the upper 90 in the 24th minute, just 1:45 after Caroline Brawner had made it 2-0. The Raiders have won all four of their matches via shutout.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK ELIZABETH HOERNER, NAVYSr., GK, Lititz, Pa. Hoerner was in goal for all 104 minutes of Navy's 1-0 double-overtime victory over Duquesne on Friday. The senior goalkeeper stopped all four shots sent on net, including three in the first half to keep the game scoreless. Hoerner made one save in the second half, and wasn't tested in just over 14 minutes of extra time. For the senior from Lititz, Pa., it was her second clean sheet of the season and sixth of her career.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK ERICA KOSIENSKI, BOSTON UNIVERSITYFr., F, Plantsville, Conn. Kosienski notched her first collegiate goal at just the right time, picking up the tally in the 79th minute to snap a 2-2 tie and send the Terriers home with a 3-2 win at Akron on Sunday. The rookie from Plantsville, Conn., saw action in both weekend contests and notched one of BU's three shots on goal against No. 14 Penn State on Friday, a 1-0 loss for the Terriers.
HONORABLE MENTIONS JESSIE ASHWORTH, BUCKNELLSo., GK, Richmond, Va. Made a career-high 14 saves in a hard-luck 2-1 double-overtime loss to St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday.
CAROLINE BRAWNER, COLGATEJr., M, Edmonds, Wash. Scored the Raiders' second goal and assisted on Panepinto's insurance marker 1:45 later in Colgate's 3-0 win at Cornell on Sunday.
DARBY DUSTMAN, LEHIGHJr., M, Salt Lake City, Utah Headed in a great cross from Katie Centeno in the 20th minute, and the tally stood up as the game-winner in Lehigh's 1-0 victory over Central Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.
DIDI HARACIC, LOYOLA MARYLANDSr., GK, Round Hill, Va. Stopped 10 shots, two shy of her career high, in Loyola's 2-1 overtime loss at Delaware on Friday.
JADE SEABROOK, NAVYJr., D, St. Paris, Ohio The All-American played all 196 minutes of Navy's two overtime victories over the weekend, and helped the Mids pitch a 1-0 double-overtime shutout over Duquesne on Friday.