Oct. 15, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 10.15.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy’s 10-game win streak was snapped Monday on a penalty kick in overtime, but the Mids will look to get back into the win column - and the Patriot League Tournament - when they visit Holy Cross on Friday.
A victory over the Crusaders would put Navy in the League Tournament for the third straight season and 16th time overall. The Mids could also get in with a draw at Holy Cross and a Lehigh win or tie with Army.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• The Navy-Holy Cross game Friday night will air on Patriot League Network at 7 p.m.
• The NCAA released its latest RPI data on Monday for games through Sunday. Boston University was the top League team at No. 41, followed by Navy at No. 57 and Colgate at No. 80. The rest of the League rankings were as follows: Lafayette (188), Army (198), American (204), Bucknell (230), Lehigh (239), Holy Cross (273) and Loyola Maryland (281).
• Boston University and Colgate can put themselves on the doorstep of the League Tournament with wins this weekend over Loyola Maryland and Bucknell, respectively, on PLN.
• Four non-League games dot this week’s schedule. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Lafayette visits Columbia while Holy Cross is home for UMass-Lowell. Boston University travels to Dartmouth and Lehigh goes to Princeton, with both games happening Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Morgan Dankanich is trying to run away with the League’s scoring title. The Navy junior has 11 goals and 25 points on the season, which are both just a shade more than double the second-place players in both categories.
• Boston University ranks seventh in the nation in team goals-against average (0.415), while Navy is 17th (0.564). The teams are flipped in the nation’s shutout percentage standings, with the Mids fourth (.714) and the Terriers 11th (.643) through Sunday.
• The Terriers allowed their first goal at home in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Harvard. BU is 6-0-2 at Nickerson Field.
• Ashley Blanks came up big with six stops to give Lehigh its first League points of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Loyola Maryland.
• 2012 Rookie of the Year Catherine Williams scored the game-winner in the 83rd minute of Colgate’s 1-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.
• Navy picked up two votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 released Tuesday. In addition, the Mids topped the Mid-Atlantic poll, while Boston University was second and Colgate ninth.
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 (10.7-10.13)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY Jr., F, Glenmoore, Pa.
Dankanich scored all three of her team’s goals in two Patriot League victories last week at American and at Bucknell. She recorded game’s only tally in the 55th minute of Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over the Eagles at Reeves Field for her fourth game-winner of the season. On Friday she scored both goals within two minutes of each other in the first half of the Mids’ 2-0 triumph over the Bison. She has a League-best 11 goals on the season, surpassing last year’s previous career high of 10, along with a League-leading 25 points. It’s Dankanich’s second weekly award of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KATIE GAVALCHIN, LEHIGH Sr., D, Robbinsville, N.J.
Gavalchin becomes the first Lehigh player to pick up a weekly honor this season after helping the Mountain Hawks to a critical 2-1 victory over Loyola Maryland Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pa. The Robbinsville, N.J., native was active on the defensive side of the field with several key tackles while spearheading a back line that yielded just two corner kicks to the Greyhounds and only one in the second half despite a late push.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH HOERNER, NAVY Sr., GK, Lititz, Pa.
Hoerner collects her third weekly award from the Patriot League this season after posting back-to-back shutouts on the road in League play to boost the Mids to 5-0 in the standings. On Tuesday she came up with six stops to hold off American in a 1-0 victory, and stopped another six shots in Friday’s 2-0 blanking at Bucknell. Hoerner has tallied seven complete clean sheets on the season, and hasn’t allowed a goal in 705:52. She sits second in the League with a 0.49 goals-against average and third with a .860 save percentage.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRENNA MASON, COLGATE Fr., GK, Webster, N.Y.
Mason earns her first career Patriot League weekly award after posting five saves and going the distance in Colgate’s 1-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. The rookie came up with four key stops in the first half to help preserve a scoreless game entering the intermission. Mason improved to 5-3-0 on the season with a 0.89 goals-against average and a .821 save percentage.
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Totaled 20 saves in League matches against Navy and Army, picking up a draw in Sunday’s scoreless tie at West Point.
EMMA CLARK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, York, Maine
Scored the eventual game-winner in the 19th minute of the Terriers’ 2-0 win at Lafayette on Saturday.
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE So., F, Buffalo, N.Y.
Found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to lift the Raiders to a 1-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.
DANIELLE SALANS, LEHIGH Jr., M, Needham, Mass.
Tallied a marker and was fouled in the box to set up a successful penalty kick try in Lehigh’s 2-1 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY Jr., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Played 152 of 180 minutes on defense during back-to-back shutout wins for Navy.