Sept. 24, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 9.24.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The first weekend of League play yielded mostly close yet decisive results, as five teams picked up victories and share first place a week before the end of September. Navy remains the Patriot League's hottest team with a six-game win streak, which the Mids extended with triumphs of 1-0 over Boston University on Friday and 5-0 against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Loyola Maryland visits George Washington Tuesday at 4 p.m. seeking an end to its four-game skid.
American, Holy Cross and Lafayette all host non-League clashes Wednesday, with the Eagles hosting Richmond at 4 p.m. The Crusaders entertain New Hampshire and the Leopards welcome UMBC both at 7 p.m.
Bucknell and Lehigh have Friday night to themselves for their League clash at 7 p.m. in Bethlehem on Patriot League Network.
Holy Cross hosts American Saturday at 1 p.m. while Colgate entertains Loyola Maryland at 4 p.m., both on Patriot League Network. Elsewhere Saturday BU visits Army and Lafayette plays host to Navy, both at 3 p.m.
Navy is ranked third, Boston University fourth, Colgate ninth and Army tied for 10th in Tuesday's NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic poll.
Navy junior Morgan Dankanich tallied three points in Sunday's win over Saint Francis (Pa.), and now leads the League in goals (7) and points (17).
Mid rookie Taylor Kipilii netted her first career assists and points in the victory.
Boston University's 32-match win streak against conference opponents ended with Friday's 1-0 loss at Navy. The Terriers hadn't dropped a conference decision since a 2-1 defeat to Stony Brook on Oct. 14, 2009, when they were a member of the America East.
Holy Cross junior keeper Carly McCabe posted her ninth career shutout Saturday at Loyola Maryland, moving her into fifth all-time in Crusader annals.
Freshman Marley Jennings assisted on junior Erin Mulhern's second-half goal in American's 1-0 win over Lehigh on Saturday in Washington.
Army's Kimberly An had a four-game point-scoring streak entering Monday before the Black Knights fell 1-0 at home to Binghamton. They finished their non-League schedule 4-4-1.
Four different goal scorers found the net in Colgate's 4-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday night, including BRINE Rookie of the Week Sarah Coy.
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 (9.16-9.22)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KIMBERLY AN, ARMY Sr., F, Oak Ridge, N.J.
An's goal early in the second overtime lifted Army to a 2-1 win at Bucknell on Saturday in the League opener for both. The senior forward redirected a cross just inside the goal at the near post for her team-leading fifth tally and first game-winner of the season. An now has 30 career goals to her credit, placing her in a seventh-place tie all-time in Army's record books. She's the second straight Black Knight named Offensive Player of the Week, and it's her second career honor and first since Sept. 6, 2011.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY Jr., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Navy's defense continues to churn out clean sheets, picking up two more over the weekend including a 1-0 defeat of Boston University in the League opener. Seabrook, who is piecing together another stellar campaign after earning All-America honors a year ago, played 174 of 180 possible minutes and led a Mid backline that also logged a 5-0 shutout at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. Navy's defense drew six offsides calls against the Terriers on Friday, and held the Red Flash to just three second-half shots while the offense built on a 2-0 halftime advantage. It's Seabrook's first weekly honor of the season and her third career nod.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH HOERNER, NAVY Sr., GK, Lititz, Pa.
While Seabrook was leading the Navy defense in front of her, Hoerner came up with four stops and was credited with the shutout in the Mids' 1-0 victory over Boston University on Friday in the League opener. On Sunday Hoerner made three more saves and played into the 88th minute of Navy's 5-0 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.). After pitching a shutout over 177:22, Hoerner dropped her goals-against average from 0.97 to 0.74, and upped her save percentage from .739 to .800. She captures her second weekly award of the season.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SARAH COY, COLGATE Fr., F, Boca Raton, Fla.
Coy notched her second goal of the season in the second half of Colgate's 4-1 victory over Lafayette Saturday night in the League opener. She made a tremendous individual effort to chase down a through ball behind the Leopard back four sent forth by Klara Jenkings. She blocked a clearing attempt by the Lafayette keeper and sent the carom into the net for a second-half insurance goal. The rookie from Boca Raton, Fla., has two weekly honors on the season.
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger notched her first shutout of the season with five saves in American's 1-0 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
KIRSTEN ERIKSEN, AMERICAN Jr., D, Stamford, Conn.
Played a strong match at center back in helping the Eagles to their third shutout of the season in a 1-0 decision over Lehigh. Helped limit the Mountain Hawks to three shots on goal and four corner kicks, including just one in the second half.
MOLLY McGUIGAN, ARMY Sr., D, Boulder, Colo.
Notched an assist on Army's first goal and led a defense that held Bucknell without a shot in extra time in Saturday's 2-1 double-overtime win in Lewisburg, Pa.
ANNIE GALVIN, HOLY CROSS So., F, Attleboro, Mass.
Notched the game-winner with 36 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Holy Cross to a 1-0 win at Loyola Maryland in the first ever meeting between the new League rivals on Saturday.
CARLY McCABE, HOLY CROSS Jr., GK, Barrington, R.I.
Stopped three shots and made one critical save with 1:07 left in regulation before Galvin's game-winner in the Crusaders' 1-0 win over the Greyhounds in Baltimore on Saturday.
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY Jr., F, Glenmoore, Pa.
Added to her League lead in goals and points with a tally and an assist in Navy's 5-0 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. Has scored in five of the last six games and leads the League with seven goals and 17 points.