Oct. 1, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer - 10.1.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy ran its win streak to seven with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Lafayette while American rebounded with a 1-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday to set up a first-place showdown Wednesday afternoon in Washington when the Eagles are scheduled to host the Mids in a 3:30 p.m. start on Reeves Field.
Colgate, the third wheel in the three-way tie for first, has a 5 p.m. match scheduled at Army on Wednesday. It’s part of a full day of League action that also features Holy Cross at Boston University, Lehigh entertaining Lafayette and Bucknell welcoming Loyola Maryland, all at 7 p.m. The last three contests are slated for Patriot League Network.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• American’s Lindsay Muri scored a goal in both Eagle games last week, including the game-winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Holy Cross.
• Friday at Lehigh marked just the second time in program history that Bucknell erased a two-goal deficit to win. BRINE Offensive Player of the Week Sarah Bresette tied the game in the second half and scored the overtime game-winner.
• Liz Dwornik picked up an assist on all three of the Bison goals.
• Colgate improved to 2-0 in the League with Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Loyola. Junior forward Emily Manoogian scored the game-winner and assisted on an insurance tally.
• Raider rookie Sarah Coy has scored a goal in both Colgate League wins.
• Lehigh junior midfielder Danielle Salans put together a three-point week, notching an assist in the Mountain Hawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to Bucknell and scoring her team’s only marker in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Penn.
• Lehigh keeper Ashley Blanks made 15 saves last week and now leads the League and sits 10th nationally with a .895 save percentage.
• Junior keeper Carly McCabe came up with 10 saves in Holy Cross’ scoreless draw with New Hampshire on Wednesday.
• Navy has four consecutive shutouts and seven on the season.
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 (9.23-9.29)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARAH BRESETTE, BUCKNELL Fr., F, Andover, Mass.
Bresette had the best game of her young career Friday night when she posted her first multi-goal effort in the Bison’s come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory at Lehigh. Bucknell trailed 2-0 at the half, but Bresette scored the tying goal in the 63rd minute and added the game-winner with a long strike from the right side in extra time. Not only was it a critical League victory for Bucknell, but it marked just the second time in program history that the Bison overcame a two-goal deficit to win.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY WILKIN, NAVY Sr., D, Westerville, Ohio
Wilkin led the Mid defense to its fourth consecutive clean sheet and League-best seventh of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Lafayette. The senior defender from Westerville, Ohio, played the full 90 minutes and helped lead a stingy defense that held the Leopards to three total shots, only one on goal, and three corner kicks. Navy’s team goals-against average dipped to a paltry 0.72, third lowest in the League. Wilkin has played in 810 of her team’s 1,006 minutes this season, and picks up her first career weekly honor from the League.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger backstopped the Eagles to 2-0 and a first-place tie in the Patriot League with five saves in the Eagles’ 1-0 victory at Holy Cross on Saturday. The junior keeper has 41 saves in 662:37 over nine appearances, while upping her save percentage to .854 and dipping her goals-against average to 0.95. It’s her second BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week nod this season. The Eagles host 2-0 Navy on Wednesday afternoon.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ERICA KOSIENSKI, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., F, Plantsville, Conn.
Kosienski picks up her third Rookie of the Week honor after her 38th-minute strike led the Terriers to a 1-0 victory at Army on Saturday afternoon. The rookie from Plantsville, Conn., notched her team-leading third goal of the season, all of which are game-winners. Saturday’s victory was Boston University’s first in Patriot League play and lifted them into a fourth-place tie through two matches. Kosienski’s three goals are the most for a Terrier rookie since current senior Emma Clark totaled five in 2010.
LINDSAY MURI, AMERICAN Jr., F, Burlington, Conn.
Scored a pair of goals last week including what stood as the game-winner in the Eagles’ 1-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday.
EMILY MANOOGIAN, COLGATE Jr., F, Peabody, Mass.
Tallied a goal and an assist for three points in the Raiders’ 3-0 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY Jr., F, Glenmoore, Pa.
Recorded her second consecutive game-winning goal in Navy’s 1-0 victory at Lafayette on Saturday.