Oct. 8, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 10.8.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — After having last week’s match postponed because of the federal government shutdown, American and Navy will try it again Tuesday with a tilt scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the Eagles’ Reeves Field.
At stake in the match are Navy’s win streak, which reached eight with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colgate in Annapolis, Md., plus a critical tiebreaker for the League standings. With American and Navy as the only unbeaten teams left in League play, the result could go a long way in determining potential seeding and hosting responsibilities.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Colgate’s match at Army postponed last Wednesday has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in West Point, N.Y., as part of a doubleheader with the men squaring off at 7 p.m.
• Navy’s 1-0 win over Colgate on Saturday was victory No. 270 for head coach Carin Gabarra.
• Lafayette’s home matches on Oct. 23 versus Bucknell and Oct. 26 against Army have been added to the Patriot League Network slate.
• Navy rookie midfielder Cat Macklin converted in the 33rd minute finishing off a 2-on-1 try to log what stood up as the game-winner Saturday against the Raiders.
• Boston University improved to 6-0-1 at Nickerson Field with seven shutouts after back-to-back 3-0 wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh last week.
• Junior Taylor Krebs notched her first goal of the season and added an assist in Wednesday’s win over the Crusaders.
• BU’s eight shutouts matches last season’s total.
• Terrier netminder Andrea Green leads the League and is fifth in the nation with a .383 goals-against average.
• Loyola Maryland senior keeper Didi Haracic made 11 stops as the Greyhounds picked up their first point in Patriot League play with Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Army.
• Greyhound freshman Nicole Wahlig scored in Saturday’s draw against the Black Knights off a header.
• Holy Cross’ three goals Saturday against Lafayette is a season high.
• Bucknell senior midfielder Corey Tipton came off the bench to score late in the first half to give the Bison a 2-0 lead in their eventual 2-1 win over Loyola on Wednesday.
• American’s Lindsay Muri extended her goal-scoring streak to three straight games in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bucknell.
• Bucknell head coach Ben Landis is sitting on 98 career victories.
• Seven non-League games remain on the regular season schedule, with two this week. Boston University hosts Harvard on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on PLN, while Navy entertains Penn Monday at 3 p.m.
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 (9.30-10.6)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MADISON CLEMENS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., F, Reading, Pa.
Clemens accounted for half of her team’s goals and both game-winners in a pair of Patriot League victories last week. The League’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year notched her second career multi-goal outing with two markers in the Terriers’ 3-0 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday. Clemens came back to the pitch on Saturday and netted her team’s first goal in a 3-0 triumph over Lehigh. It’s Clemens’ first weekly honor from the Patriot League, and the Terriers sit in third place with nine points and a 3-1 League record.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY Jr., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Seabrook played all 90 minutes and anchored a Navy defense that did not yield a single shot on goal in Saturday’s big 1-0 League victory over Colgate. The Mids posted their fifth consecutive shutout of the season while extending their win streak to eight. Navy’s shutout streak has reached 515:52 thanks in large part to the efforts of the back line led by Seabrook. Navy is 3-0 in League play and is scheduled to visit 3-0 American Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger captured her second straight weekly award and third of the season from the Patriot League after posting her third consecutive clean sheet with seven saves in Saturday’s 3-0 League win over Bucknell. She improved to 4-4 on the season while increasing her save percentage to .873, second best in the League, and dipping her goals-against average to 0.84, third in the League. Belanger hasn’t allowed a goal in 305:01.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SARA PERLMAN, AMERICAN Fr., M, Weston, Fla.
Perlman notched her first career multi-point game with three assists in the Eagles’ 3-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday. The rookie set up Lindsay Muri’s game-winner in the 18th minute before adding a corner-kick assist in the 58th and dishing for another insurance goal in the 69th. Perlman sits in a three-way tie for second in the League with four assists. It’s her first weekly honor from the Patriot League.
LINDSAY MURI, AMERICAN Jr., F, Burlington, Conn.
Tallied the game-winner and pitched in an assist for a three-point afternoon in the Eagles’ 3-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
EMMA CLARK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, York, Maine
Led the Terrier defense in two shutouts of League foes Holy Cross and Lehigh last week. BU allowed just five shots (three on goal) against the Crusaders and two total (one on net) versus the Mountain Hawks.
GINA RIGHINI, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Salem, N.H.
Scored the game-winner and added an assist on the insurance tally in Holy Cross’ 3-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
COURTNEY HOOK, NAVY Fr., M, Midlothian, Va.
Set up freshman teammate Cat Macklin’s game-winning goal in Navy’s 1-0 victory over Colgate on Saturday. Now has a League-leading five assists on the season.