CAA Women's Soccer Weekly Report - Oct. 22
Stephanie Rose • UNCW
Sr., Forward, Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak
Rose scored three goals and assisted on three more as UNCW went 2-0 on the road last week and clinched a berth in the CAA Women's Soccer Championship. The senior forward tallied a goal and an assist as the Seahawks defeated Towson 5-2 and then contributed two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists as UNCW beat George Mason, 4-0. Rose leads the CAA with 12 goals and 35 points.
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Maddie McCormick • UNCW
Fr., Forward, Newark, Del./Alexis I. Dupont
McCormick recorded the fourth hat trick in UNCW history, and the first since 2004, with three goals in the Seahawks' 5-2 triumph at Towson last Friday. With the match tied at 1-1, McCormick scored UNCW's next three goals, including the game-winner in the 34th minute. McCormick is second on the team with six goals and 14 points.
Around The League:
UNCW MOVES INTO TOP DRAWER RANKINGS: UNCW moved into this week's Top Drawer Soccer Top 64 national rankings at #48. The Seahawks went 2-0 last week with road victories at Towson (5-2) and George Mason (4-0).
THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams are among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings released on October 22. William & Mary remains at #4 this week, while Drexel is at #5 and UNCW is ranked #9.
FIELD SET FOR CAA WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: The six teams who will battle for the 2012 CAA Women's Soccer Championship have been determined, but the seeds are still up for grabs. Heading into Wednesday's regular-season finales, William & Mary, Drexel, Delaware, Hofstra, Northeastern and UNCW are separated by just three points. The #3 seed and #4 seed will host quarterfinal matches on Sunday, with the winners advancing to the site of the #1 seed for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4.
TRIBE'S SCHAFFER NAMED FINALIST FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: William & Mary senior Mallory Schaffer was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. The award is presented to a senior student-athlete who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Schaffer was a first-team All-American and Academic All-American in 2011 and earned CAA Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in women's soccer.
NU'S O'DONNELL EARNS NATIONAL HONOR: Northeastern sophomore midfielder Hannah O'Donnell was chosen to the Soccer America National Team of the Week on Oct. 17. O'Donnell scored three goals, including two game-winners, in the Huskies victories over Towson (2-1) and George Mason (2-0).
DREXEL EARNS FIRST CAA TOURNAMENT BERTH: Drexel earned its first-ever CAA Tournament berth with a 2-1 victory at James Madison on Sunday. The Dragons' win came in dramatic fashion as sophomore midfielder Megan Hammaker scored the game-winning goal from 22 yards away with just seven seconds left in regulation. Drexel also got a goal from Jess Sarkisian as it won at JMU for the first time in school history and set a school record for road victories (6) and overall wins (12) in a season. Goalkeeper Eve Badana made nine saves against JMU.
W&M MOVES BACK INTO FIRST PLACE: William & Mary beat Northeastern 2-1 and rallied past Hofstra 3-2 in double overtime to regain first place in the CAA standings last weekend. Senior Mallory Schaffer scored her 10th goal of the season with 3:37 left in regulation to tie the match with Hofstra and senior Cortlyn Bristol's fifth goal of the year in the 106th minute was the game-winner. W&M also got a goal and an assist from Emory Camper. Freshman Nicole Baxter and Dani Rutter contributed the goals in the NU victory. The Tribe can clinch the #1 seed for the CAA Tournament with a win over ODU on Wednesday.
ROSE LEADS UNCW INTO CAA TOURNEY: UNCW earned a spot in the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 after posting convincing road victories at Towson (5-2) and George Mason (4-0) last week. Senior Stephanie Rose contributed three goals and three assists in the two matches, including two goals and two assists at Mason. She leads the CAA with 12 goals and 35 points and set a UNCW season record with 11 assists. Freshman Maddie McCormick scored three times at Towson, becoming the first Seahawk since 2004 to record a hat trick. Goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter recorded her sixth shutout of the season and the 13th of her career at Mason.
TWO GOALS FOR NU'S SAMUELSDOTTIR: Senior forward Greta Samuelsdottir scored both goals to lead Northeastern to a 2-1 overtime victory at Old Dominion on Sunday. It was the Huskies' first win ever at ODU and clinched a spot in the CAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Samuelsdottir, who has a team-high seven goals this season, gave NU a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute before recording the game-winner on a penalty kick.
ODU KNOCKS OFF HOFSTRA: Old Dominion earned its second CAA victory of the season by knocking off first-place Hofstra, 2-1, last Friday. The Lady Monarchs trailed 1-0 at the half, but Ashlee Coutu scored her sixth goal of the year just 17 seconds into the second period. Jessie Klamut tallied the game-winner in the 77th minute for ODU. Taylor Smith scored her second goal of the season in ODU's 2-1 overtime loss to Northeastern on Sunday.
JMU GOES TO THE WIRE TWICE: James Madison went 1-1 in a pair of close games last week. The Dukes edged Delaware 2-1 in overtime but then fell 2-1 to Drexel on a goal with seven seconds left in regulation. The Dukes trailed 1-0 in both contests before getting game-tying goals by senior defender Amalya Clayton. The goals were her first two of the season. Katie Hyland scored the game-winner versus the Blue Hens in the 99th minute. Ten of JMU's 18 games this season were decided by a single goal and the Dukes were 4-6 in those outings.
QUICK START PUSHES MASON PAST GSU: George Mason scored two goals in the first 8:03 of the match and topped Georgia State 2-1 last Friday. Liz Hodges gave the Patriots a 1-0 advantage just 35 seconds into the contest with her sixth goal of the year and Nicole Clark tallied her first goal of the season at the 8:03 mark.
TOWSON'S SKIDMORE HAS MEMORABLE SENIOR DAY: Towson senior forward Cheyenne Skidmore celebrated Senior Day by heading in the game-tying goal in the 85th minute of the Tigers' 1-1 draw with Georgia State on Sunday. Skidmore, who is the team's lone senior, was assisted by freshman Katie Ponce. In a 5-2 loss to UNCW on Friday, junior Emily Banes scored a goal in her third consecutive match and sophomore Taylor Knier scored her first career goal.
FIRST CAREER GOAL FOR GSU'S NAGY: Georgia State freshman Ashley Nagy scored her first career goal in the Panthers' 2-1 setback at George Mason last Friday and then assisted on a goal by Whitney Young is GSU's 1-1 double-overtime tie at Towson. Young's goal in the 80th minute at Towson was her third of the year, while Alison Gonzalez picked up her first assist at Mason.
BLUE HENS FALL IN OT AT JMU: Delaware dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at James Madison in its only match last Thursday. Junior Chelsea Duffy gave the Blue Hens a 1-0 lead as she scored from 19 yards out off an assist from Madeline Parker. It was Duffy's second goal of the year. Delaware, which is currently tied for third, travels to second-place Drexel on Wednesday night.
TOUGH WEEKEND FOR HOFSTRA: Hofstra slipped from first to third in the CAA standings following road setbacks at Old Dominion (2-1) and William & Mary (3-2 in 2ot) last weekend. It was the first time since early September that the Pride had dropped back-to-back games. Freshman Leah Galton scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season at ODU. At W&M, Jeannine Molleda tallied her first career goal and junior Brittany Farriella recorded her first goal since 2011.