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Women's Soccer Report - Sept. 10

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          Release: 09/10/2012
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Amber Cook • Old Dominion
Jr., Midfielder, Clear Brook, Va./Loudoun Valley

Cook recorded the first hat trick of her career and also had an assist in ODU's 6-1 victory over VMI on Sunday. The junior midfielder broke a 1-1 tie with her first goal in the 47th minute and then scored twice in a 33-second span later in the period to put the contest away.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Liz Hodges • George Mason
So., Forward, Lorton, Va./South County

Hodges scored three goals, including a pair of game-winners, in George Mason's 2-1 week. The sophomore forward scored the Patriots' first two goals in a 3-1 triumph over Howard and then found the net in the 27th minute of Mason's 3-1 victory over Richmond on Sunday.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Caroline Casey • William & Mary
Fr., Goalkeeper, Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield

Casey recorded back-to-back shutouts to lead William & Mary to 1-0 victories over Villanova and Seton Hall to capture the Villanova Invitational. The freshman goalkeeper made 10 saves in the two matches and lowered her goals against average to 0.75 for the season.

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W&M RANKED NATIONALLY: William & Mary is ranked #41 in this week's TopDrawerSoccer Top 64 rankings. The Tribe went 2-0 last week with shutout victories over Villanova (1-0) and Seton Hall (1-0).

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams are among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings released on Sept. 10. William & Mary moved up to the top spot in the region after two wins last week, while UNCW moved up to #3 and Drexel entered the poll at #7.

UNCW EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO FOUR: UNCW won its own Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational by shutting out Campbell (3-0) and Troy (4-0) last weekend. The Seahawks are on a four-game winning streak, which is their longest since 2009. Senior midfielder Kim Currie was named the tournament MVP after tallying a goal and an assist against Troy and scoring a goal versus Campbell. Senior Stephanie Rose recorded two goals and two assists to move into fourth place on UNCW's goals (23) and points (59) list. Rose and Currie were joined on the all-tournament team by Nicole Costa, Lindsay Henry and Jen Ludemann.

DREXEL DOWNS PENN: Drexel defeated city rival Penn 1-0 on Sunday, which was the Dragons' first win ever over the Quakers in nine meetings. Jess Lowinger scored the game-winning goal for Drexel in the 74th minute and goalkeeper Eve Badana stopped three shots to record the shutout. The Dragons (5-1-1) are off to their best start ever and are riding a six-match unbeaten streak.

W&M CAPTURES VILLANOVA INVITATIONAL: William & Mary posted consecutive 1-0 victories over Villanova and Seton Hall to capture the Villanova Invitational. The Tribe is currently on a five-game winning streak and has outscored their opponents 11-0 over that stretch. Senior Mallory Schaffer scored the game-winner with just over 10 minutes left against Villanova off a Cortlyn Bristol assist, and Bristol also picked up an assist on Nicole Baxter's game-winning goal in the first half against Seton Hall. Goalkeeper Caroline Casey made 10 saves and recorded both shutouts.

MASON GOES 2-1: George Mason topped Howard 3-1 before splitting a pair of matches at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic. The Patriots fell 3-0 to #7 Virginia before rebounding for a 3-1 win over Richmond. Liz Hodges scored twice versus Howard and had the game-winner versus UR, while Tiana Kallenberger tallied her league-leading sixth goal against the Spiders. Freshman Emma Starr, who made the all-tournament team at UVA, scored her first collegiate goal in the UR win.

BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES FOR GSU: Georgia State posted consecutive wins over in-state foes last weekend as it defeated Mercer, 1-0 and Georgia Southern, 3-2. Jordan Young scored the game-winning goal versus Mercer just 9:22 into the contest and Lyndsey Gaffney netted the game-winner at Georgia Southern in the 85th minute. Whitney Ravan assisted on both game-winning scores.

ODU STOPS SLIDE VERSUS VMI: Old Dominion scored five second-half goals and defeated VMI 6-1 on Sunday to snap a four-game slide. Junior midfielder Amber Cook provided most of the offense with three goals and an assist. Freshman Devin Dougherty scored her first collegiate goal and the Lady Monarchs also got goals from Jessie Klamut and Taylor Smith.The six goals were the most by ODU since 2008.

GOOD WEEKEND FOR HOFSTRA'S GALTON: Hofstra freshman midfielder Leah Galton recorded two goals and an assist as the Pride topped St. Bonaventure 2-0 before losing 4-2 at Marist. Galton assisted on the game-winning goal by Jill Mulholland and scored one of her own versus St. Bonaventure and then contributed a second-half goal at Marist. The Pride's four losses this season have come by a combined five goals.

LENCZYK SCORES TWICE FOR DELAWARE: Senior midfielder Anna Lenczyk scored both goals as Delaware defeated Delaware State 2-0 on Sunday in the Route 1 Rivalry. Tania Domingos and Madeline Parker assisted on the two scores.

JMU PLACES TWO ON ALL-TOURNEY TEAM: James Madison fell to Richmond (1-0) and #7 Virginia (4-1) at the UVA Nike Classic last weekend. Katie Menzie's goal in the 51st minute tied the UVA game at 1-1 as the Dukes became just the third team to score on the Cavaliers this season. Menzie and Becky Sparks earned all-tournament honors. The Dukes have lost three one-goal contests.

PAIR OF TOWSON PLAYERS HONORED: Towson suffered a pair of 2-1 losses to George Washington and Navy at the Navy Invitational last weekend. Senior Cheyenne Skidmore scored the Tigers' goal against GW while Katlyn Axenfeld contributed her first goal of the year versus Navy. Skidmore and Katie Ponce were selected to the all-tournament team.

NU'S BURNETT SETS CAREER-HIGH FOR SAVES: Northeastern goalkeeper Paige Burnett made a career-high 12 saves in a 2-0 setback at #6 Boston College last Tuesday and finished with 20 stops for the week. The Huskies also lost 3-1 to Dayton as Lahaina Zoller scored her first goal of the year off an assist from freshman Emily Nasuti.

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