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Northeastern captured the 2013 CAA Women's Soccer Championship

Final 2013 CAA Women's Soccer Report

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          Release: 12/20/2013
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NINE CAA PLAYERS EARN ALL-REGION HONORS: Nine CAA women’s soccer players were honored on the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region squad. Making the first team were JMU senior defender Becky Sparks and Hofstra sophomore forward Leah Galton. Named to the second team were William & Mary sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey and Towson senior forward Emily Banes. Representing the CAA on the third team were Drexel junior defender Melissa Chapman, Delaware junior defender Allegra Gray, Delaware senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy, UNCW sophomore forward Katrina Guillou and James Madison freshman forward Ashley Herndon.

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked among the top 10 in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic regional rankings for Nov. 12. James Madison was the top-ranked CAA team in the poll at #5, William & Mary was ranked #8 and Hofstra was ranked #10.

NORTHEASTERN CAPTURES CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Third-seeded Northeastern captured its first CAA women’s soccer championship since 2008 with a 3-1 victory over #1 James Madison. Both teams got on the board in the opening 10 minutes of the match as Hannah O’Donnell scored for the Huskies at the 8:21 mark and Katie Hyland responded with the equalizer for the Dukes just 47 seconds later. NU moved in front for good in the 25th minute when Lahaina Zoller knocked in a rebound and tacked on an insurance goal in the 82nd minute on an unassisted goal by Hanna Terry. The championship capped an amazing turnaround for the Huskies, who opened the season with an 0-6-3 record.

HUSKIES FALL 2-0 TO BOSTON COLLEGE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT: Northeastern suffered a 2-0 setback to Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The Eagles scored a goal early in each half and limited the Huskies to only two shots in the match. Junior goalkeeper Paige Burnett made seven saves for NU. It was the Huskies’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008.

VARIETY OF CHAMPIONS: Five different schools have captured the CAA women’s soccer championship over the past five years, showing the depth and quality of the conference. UNCW won the league title in 2009, followed by James Madison in 2010, William & Mary in 2011, Hofstra in 2012 and Northeastern in 2013.

JMU, NORTHEASTERN MOVE ON TO TITLE MATCH: Third-seeded Northeastern edged #2 William & Mary 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 double-overtime tie and #1 James Madison beat #4 Hofstra 3-1 in the semifinals of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. W&M took a 1-0 lead just 2:35 into the first semifinal on a goal by Dani Rutter, but NU answered with two goals in a span of 1:22 early in the second half as Haley Sinclair and Hanna Terry found the net. A goal by the Tribe’s Anna Madden tied the match. In PK’s, NU goalkeeper Paige Burnett came up with two saves and the Huskies advanced on a successful shot by Bianca Calderone in the fourth round. In the second semifinal, JMU got second-half goals from Sam Lofton in the 64th minute and Allie Bunner in the 79th minute to pull away from Hofstra. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in the first half as Katie Hyland scored just 1:37 into the match for the Dukes before Hofstra’s Sam Scolarici got the equalizer on a penalty kick.

HOFSTRA, NORTHEASTERN ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS: Fourth-seeded Hofstra defeated #5 UNCW 2-0 and #3 Northeastern advanced past #6 Delaware 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 double-overtime draw in the quarterfinals of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. At Hofstra, senior Amber Stobbs broke a scoreless tie with the game-winning goal off a Lulu Echeverry feed in the 73rd minute. Junior Sam Scolarici tacked on an insurance marker with her league-leading 17th goal of the season with 2:35 left in regulation. Freshman goalkeeper Friederike Mehring made two saves and recorded her first career shutout. At Northeastern, Huskies’ goalkeeper Paige Burnett and the Blue Hens’ Jessica Levy each made five saves and posted shutouts over 110 minutes of action. NU came out on top on PK’s as it connected on all four attempts by Carina Deandreis, Hanna Terry, Bianca Calderone and Shayna Blackwood. UD hit the post with its third PK attempt and had its fifth attempt sail wide. It was the third straight year that NU’s CAA quarterfinal game went to penalty kicks.

CAA PLAYERS AMONG NCAA STAT LEADERS: Several CAA players were among the final NCAA statistical leaders. Hofstra’s Sam Scolarici was fifth in Division I in goals per game (.95) and 10th in points per game (2.0), while Towson’s Emily Banes was 17th in goals per game (.79) and 19th in points per game (1.89). Hofstra’s Leah Galton ranked 11th nationally in assists per game (.58) and W&M’s Dani Rutter was 41st (.44).

JMU CAPTURES CAA REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: James Madison captured the outright CAA regular-season title for the first time ever after finishing with a 6-1-1 mark. The Dukes shared the regular-season crown in 1996 and 2001. JMU was unbeaten in its final six CAA matches after falling to William & Mary in its league opener.

W&M EXTENDS STREAK OF WINNING SEASONS: William & Mary finished the year with an 8-2-7 overall mark, which extended its NCAA record of 33 consecutive winning seasons.

RECORD-SETTING SEASONS FOR BANES, SCOLARICI: It was a record-setting season for the top two scorers in the CAA. Towson senior Emily Banes set Tigers’ records for goals (15) and points (36) in a season as well as goals (30) and points (77) in a career. Hofstra junior Sam Scolarici scored a league-high 18 goals, breaking the Pride season mark of 17 set by Carlene Wawrzonek in 1994.

UNCW’s BRONSON EARNS SCHOLAR ALL-REGION AWARD: UNCW junior midfielder Stephanie Bronson was selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region first team. Bronson earned first-team All-CAA honors this season after contributing five goals, two assists and 12 points for the Seahawks. In the classroom, the mathematics major is a two-time member of the Dean’s List.