Final 2012 CAA Women's Soccer Report
SCHAFFER EARNS SECOND ALL-AMERICA HONOR: WIlliam & Mary senior midfielder Mallory Schaffer earned second-team All-America honors from the NSCAA. Schaffer, who was a first-team All-America and Academic All-America pick in 2011, is just the ninth Tribe player to receive multiple All-America accolades. Schaffer contributed 10 goals and 23 points in 2012 as W&M captured the regular-season conference title. She was named CAA Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Schaffer finished her Tribe career with 41 goals and 96 points.
EIGHT CAA PLAYERS NAMED ALL-REGION: Eight CAA women’s soccer players were selected to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic region squad. Chosen to the first team were Drexel sophomore defender Melissa Chapman, William & Mary senior midfielder Mallory Schaffer, UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose and Hofstra freshman forward Leah Galton. Making the second team were W&M senior defender Kiersten Harpe and W&M senior midfielder Cortlyn Bristol. Chosen to the third team were Drexel sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana and Delaware senior forward Ali Miller.
ACADEMIC HONORS: Four CAA players received recognition on the NSCAA Scholar All-America and All-Region teams. William & Mary senior Mallory Schaffer earned first-team Scholar All-America and first team Scholar All-East Region. UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose made the Scholar All-South Region first team and teammate Kim Currie was chosen to the Scholar All-South Region third team. George Mason’s Mary Kate Lowry received honorable mention on the East Region team.
FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams are among the top 10 in the final regular season NSCAA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings released on November 6. William & Mary topped the group of CAA teams at #4, while Drexel was #7, Hofstra was #8 and UNCW was ranked #10.
HOFSTRA FALLS TO BC IN NCAA TOURNAMENT: Hofstra dropped a 2-0 decision at Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. Pride junior goalkeeper Emily Morphitis turned in a solid performance with seven saves, but the Eagles were able to score once in each half. Hofstra put four of its six shots on net, with reserve Jeannine Molleda firing two shots on goal. It was the Pride’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance.
HOFSTRA EDGES UNCW 2-1 IN OT TO CAPTURE CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER TITLE: Sophomore Sam Scolarici scored from 12 yards out with 6:21 remaining in overtime to lift fifth-seeded Hofstra to a 2-1 victory over #3 UNCW in the title game of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. It was the third CAA championship for the Pride, but first since 2007. On the game-winning play, Scolarici took a pass from Lulu Echeverry and sent a shot just inside the left post for her 10th goal of the season and her third game-winner. Echeverry gave Hofstra a 1-0 lead just 6:20 into the match with her eighth goal of the year, but UNCW got the equalizer in the 38th minute when Stephanie Rose converted a penalty kick for her league-leading 14th goal of the season. Hofstra goalkeeper Emily Morphitis, who made five saves in the contest, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Brooke Bendernagel, Leah Galton and Jill Mulholland. Making the squad from UNCW were Caitlin Hunter, Jen Ludemann and Maddie McCormick. Rounding out the all-tournament team were Drexel’s Eve Badana and Melissa Chapman and William & Mary’s Kiersten Harpe and Leci Irvin.
PK’S SEND UNCW, HOFSTRA TO CAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Third-seeded UNCW advanced past #2 Drexel 4-1 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 double-overtime tie, and #5 Hofstra got by #1 William & Mary 4-2 on PK’s after a 0-0 draw in the semifinals of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. UNCW took a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute on a goal by freshman Maddie McCormick, but Drexel forced overtime when Melissa Chapman found the net from 15 yards out with 3:23 to go. Drexel outshot the Seahawks 22-10, but keeper Caitlin Hunter made eight saves. UNCW connected on all four of its penalty kick attempts to reach the finals for the first time since 2009. Hofstra converted all four of its penalty kick attempts to advance past W&M. Pride goalkeeper Emily Morphitis stopped three shots in the match and also blocked a pair of PK attempts, while W&M freshman keeper Caroline Casey made a season-high 10 saves.
UNCW, HOFSTRA ADVANCE TO CAA SEMIFINALS ON PK’S: The quarterfinals of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship provide plenty of drama as both games were decided on penalty kicks after double-overtime ties. Third-seeded UNCW topped #6 Delaware 4-3 on PK’s after a 1-1 draw, while #5 Hofstra got past #4 Northeastern 3-1 on PK’s following a 2-2 tie. The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead on UD in the seventh minute on freshman Maddie McCormick’s seventh goal of the year, but the Blue Hens got the equalizer from senior Ali Miller in the 81st minute. UNCW senior goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter made nine saves and stopped a pair of PK attempts. Sophomore Sam Scolarici scored both Hofstra goals, including a game-tying penalty kick with 6:03 left in regulation. For Northeastern, senior Greta Samuelsdottir scored her ninth goal of the season and Sandra Magnusdottir put the Huskies on top 2-1 with a goal in the 81st minute. Hofstra goalie Emily Morphitis denied three of NU’s four PK attempts.
CAA PLAYERS AMONG NCAA STAT LEADERS: Several CAA players were ranked among the nation’s best in the final NCAA statistics. UNCW’s Stephanie Rose was 14th in assists per game (0.55), 15th in points per game (1.82) and 32nd in goals per game (0.64). W&M’s Cortlyn Bristol ranked third in assists per game (0.65). Among goalkeepers, Drexel’s Eve Badana was 26th in GAA (0.67) and 46th in save percentage (.835), UNCW’s Caitlin Hunter was 20th in save percentage (.857), W&M’s Caroline Casey was 24th in save percentage (.854) and 35th in GAA (0.71). In team categories, Drexel ranked 9th in shutout percentage (.58), 20th in goals against average (0.66) and 38th in save percentage (.838) while William & Mary was 8th in save percentage (.867), 14th in shutout percentage (.55) and 23rd in goals against average (0.68). UNCW was 36th in scoring offense (2.05 ppg), and 10th in save percentage (.860).
W&M’S SCHAFFER REPEATS AS CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: William & Mary senior midfielder Mallory Schaffer was selected as the 2012 CAA Player of the Year, becoming just the fourth player in league history to win the award in multiple seasons. Also earning top honors from the conference were Drexel sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana as CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Hofstra freshman forward Leah Galton as CAA Rookie of the Year and Drexel head coach Ray Goon as CAA Coach of the Year.