RICHMOND, Va. (November 1, 2012) - After two thrilling quarterfinal
matches that were decided on penalty kicks, the CAA Women's Soccer Championship
resumes on Friday evening at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in
In Friday's semifinal action, #2 Drexel (13-3-2, 7-2-1 in
CAA) takes on #3 UNCW (12-6-2, 7-3 in CAA) at 5 p.m., followed by #1 William
& Mary (14-5, 8-2 in CAA) against #5 Hofstra (10-8-1, 6-4 in CAA) at 7:30
The two semifinal winners will advance to Sunday's 2 p.m.
Showing the conference's depth from top to bottom, six
different teams have been crowned CAA champions over the past six years. Old
Dominion (2006), Hofstra (2007), Northeastern (2008), UNCW (2009), James
Madison (2010) and William & Mary (2011) have taken home the title during
William & Mary, which is currently ranked #3 in the
Mid-Atlantic region by the NSCAA, captured the CAA regular-season title for the
second year in a row. The Tribe has won a league-record 10 CAA Tournament
crowns and is looking to become the first team to win the tournament in
back-to-back years since 2001. Leading W&M offensively are senior
midfielders Mallory Schaffer (10g, 3a) and Cortlyn Bristol (5g, 13a) and junior
forward Dani Rutter (7g, 3a). In goal, freshman Caroline Casey sports a 0.76
GAA and has recorded six shutouts.
Drexel is making its first CAA Tournament appearance
following the best season in school history. The Dragons, who are ranked #5 in
the Mid-Atlantic region, set school records for wins, CAA wins and road
victories (7) and were unbeaten at home. Drexel relies on the CAA's top
defense, which has given up only 12 goals in 18 matches and has recorded 10
shutouts. That unit is anchored by sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana (0.67 GAA,
10 ShO) and sophomore back Melissa Chapman (3g). Thirteen different Drexel
players have scored a goal this year, topped by junior Sam Greenfield (5g, 1a).
UNCW is making its first CAA Tournament appearance since
2009 when the Seahawks captured their first conference championship. UNCW
advanced to the semifinals by edging #6 Delaware 4-3 on penalty kicks following
a 1-1 double-overtime tie last Sunday. The Seahawks registered a league-high 43
goals this season and feature the CAA's top scorer in senior forward Stephanie
Rose, who contributed 13 goals and 11 assists. Freshman forward Maddie
McCormick (7g, 3a) and midfielders Stephanie Bronson (5g, 3a) and Kim Currie
(4g, 5a) also had strong seasons. Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter has a 0.88
GAA with seven shutouts.
Hofstra has made the CAA Tournament field in 10 of the last
11 years and owns a pair of conference championships (2005, 2007). The Pride
reached the semifinals by topping #4 Northeastern 3-1 on penalty kicks after a
2-2 double-overtime tie last Sunday. Hofstra has four players who have compiled
17 or points this season - freshmen Leah Galton (11g, 4a) and Jill Mulholland
(6g, 5a) and sophomores Sam Scolarici (9g, 1a) and Lulu Echeverry (7g, 4a). In
goal for the Pride is junior Emily Morphitis, who has a 1.49 GAA with four
Admission to the championship is $5 for adults and $3 for youth
(3-17). Students from the participating CAA schools will be admitted free with
a valid college ID.
For fans not able to attend, all three games of the
championship will be video streamed live at CAASports.com.
Also visit the women's soccer championship page on CAASports.com for game
stories, statistics and video recaps.
2012 CAA Women's
Stadium at Albert-Daly Field - Williamsburg, Va.
November 2 - Semifinals
#2 Drexel vs. #3 UNCW - 5:00 p.m.
#5 Hofstra at #1 William & Mary - 7:30 p.m.
November 4 - Finals
CAA Championship Game - 2:00 p.m.