Sept. 17, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 9.17.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The two teams with the best winning percentages through non-conference play so far will meet Friday afternoon in Annapolis, Md., when Navy hosts Boston University in the first Patriot League match of the women's soccer campaign. The two also boast the longest current win streaks, with the Mids having won four straight and the Terriers three.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Five matches in the next week will air on Patriot League Network, including the Boston University-Navy League opener Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Friday will be the first ever meeting between the Mids and Terriers.
The Holy Cross-Loyola matchup on Saturday in Baltimore will also be the first meeting between the two programs.
This season marks the first time in program history Boston University hasn't allowed a goal in its first five home games. The Terriers are 4-0-1 at Nickerson Field.
Army's Katie Holder and Navy's Ashlynn Soellner both scored five points in their games on Sunday against Rhode Island and Iona, respectively. They're tied for the most points in a game for a League player this season.
Lehigh senior Murphee Greeley was named MVP of the Saint Mary's College Classic after scoring a goal with an assist in the Mountain Hawks' 2-0 win over the hosts on Sunday to capture the tournament title. It was the program's first trip to California.
Lehigh is 2-0-1 in its last three since dropping its first two matches.
Colgate sophomore keeper Erin Cummings leads the League and is eighth in the nation with a 0.26 goals-against average.
Senior Molly McGuigan led an Army defense that posted two weekend clean sheets and even scored a goal in Sunday's 5-0 rout of Rhode Island.
The Black Knights' five-goal outburst was their largest since a 6-1 win over Albany in 2005.
Six of the top 10 in the League in goals-against average are under 1.00.
Loyola welcomes George Mason Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the only midweek matchup. It will air on Patriot League Network.
In all, five matches will air this upcoming week on Patriot League Network. Three of them are League battles: Boston University-Navy on Friday, and Holy Cross-Loyola Maryland and Lafayette-Colgate on Saturday.
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 (9.9-9.15)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HOLDER, ARMY So., F, Stillwater, Minn.
Holder exploded with three goals and an assist for seven points in two Army victories over the weekend. She notched her team's only goal in Friday's 1-0 victory at Central Connecticut, picking up the tally in the 86th minute. She followed it up with a monster performance Sunday with a pair of goals and one dish in a 5-0 whitewash of Rhode Island at home. Holder opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a 12-yard strike, and assisted on Kimberly An's goal just under 30 minutes later to make it 2-0. She added an insurance goal in the second half to cap off her scoring for the week.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KAI MILLER, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., D, Carpinteria, Calif.
Miller was on the field for 171 of 180 minutes across a pair of 1-0 wins at home for the Terriers over key regional opponents. She started Friday's game against Connecticut and was responsible for the team save in the 75th minute while backing up goalkeeper Andrea Green to preserve the one-goal lead. On Sunday Miller played 81 minutes and led a stifling defensive effort that limited Providence to just four shots overall and two on net in another one-goal win for Boston University. Miller's efforts helped the Terriers improve to 4-0-1 at home with five shutouts.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JORDAN CASSALIA, ARMY Fr., GK, Omaha, Neb.
Cassalia earns her first career weekly award from the Patriot League after notching two victories over the weekend and picking up the shutout in Friday's 1-0 decision at Central Connecticut. The rookie from Omaha, Neb., finished with eight saves on the weekend, with four in each contest. After going the distance Friday versus the Blue Devils, Cassalia started and played 83:57 of Sunday's 5-0 win over Rhode Island. Three of her four saves against the Rams were close-range opportunities. Friday's win was her third shutout of the season, and she has a 4-3-1 mark with 28 saves on the season.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ERICA KOSIENSKI, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., F, Plantsville, Conn.
Kosienski picks up her second straight Rookie of the Week nod after coming off the bench to score the game-winner in the 42nd minute to lead Boston University to a 1-0 victory over Providence on Sunday. She beat the Friar keeper to the ball, juked to her left and fired into the open net to give the Terriers a lead they would not relinquish.
ANDREA GREEN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., GK, Nashua, N.H.
Picked up a pair of shutout victories for the Terriers totaling seven saves against Connecticut and Providence.
MURPHEE GREELEY, LEHIGH Sr., M, Devon, Pa.
Named MVP of the Saint Mary's College Classic with the game-winning goal and an insurance assist in Lehigh's 2-0 win over the hosts on Sunday.
ANI NAHAPETIAN, LEHIGH So., GK, Pleasanton, Calif.
Made five saves in Lehigh's 2-0 victory over Saint Mary's to give the Mountain Hawks the title at the Saint Mary's College Classic. Her save of a penalty kick with about 10 minutes remaining and Lehigh up a pair helped deliver the title, as goal differential was used to determine the tournament winner.
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY Jr., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Played 176 of 180 minutes and anchored a Midshipmen defense that won two matches with one shutout while surrendering just one goal. Sunday's clean sheet versus Iona was Navy's fourth this season, while the Gaels managed just two shots and one on net for the game.
ASHLYNN SOELLNER, NAVY Sr., F, Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Erupted for two goals and an assist for five points in Navy's 3-0 shutout of Iona.