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CAA Women’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 30

Sep 30, 2013, 4:55 PM EST

Hofstra's Sam Scolarici Hofstra's Sam Scolarici

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Sam Scolarici • Hofstra
Jr., Forward, Aldie, Va./Freedom

Scolarici scored four goals as Hofstra opened CAA play with a pair of victories. The junior forward recorded her first career hat trick on Sunday, contributing all three goals including the game-winner in overtime as Hofstra edged College of Charleston, 3-2. She also scored a goal in the Pride’s 2-1 triumph over UNCW last Friday. For the season, Scolarici leads the CAA with 13 goals.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Haley Sinclair • Northeastern
Fr., Forward, Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run

Sinclair scored the game-winning goal on a header in the 69th minute to lead Northeastern to a 2-1 victory over UNCW on Sunday. It was Sinclair’s first goal of the season. She also recorded an assist in the Huskies’ 3-0 win over College of Charleston in their CAA opener last Friday.

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THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic regional rankings for Sept. 24. James Madison was the top ranked CAA squad at #2, while Hofstra moved up to #5 and William & Mary was at #7. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

NORTHEASTERN OPENS CAA PLAY WITH TWO WINS: Northeastern, which went winless (0-6-3) in non-conference action, got off to a 2-0 start in CAA play by defeating College of Charleston (3-0) and UNCW (2-1) over the weekend. Senior captain Hanna Terry contributed a goal and an assist in the victory over CofC and assisted on both goals versus UNCW. She leads NU with four assists this season. Morgan Hilby scored a goal in each game for the Huskies, while Mackenzie Dowd also had a goal in the CofC win. Freshman Haley Sinclair’s first goal of the season was the game-winner against UNCW.

HOFSTRA STARTS 2-0 IN CAA ACTION: Hofstra extended its winning streak to seven after starting CAA play with victories over UNCW (2-1) and College of Charleston (3-2 in ot). The seven-game streak is the longest for the Pride since 2010. Junior Sam Scolarici scored all three goals versus CofC, including the game-tying goal in the 87th minute and the game-winner in the 94th. She also had a goal in the victory over UNCW. It was the first career hat trick for Scolarici, who tops the nation with 13 goals and 28 points this season. Jeannine Molleda recorded Hofstra’s first goal in the UNCW win, which was her fourth of the year.

RUTTER PUSHES W&M PAST JMU: Senior Dani Rutter contributed a goal and an assist as William & Mary defeated James Madison 2-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to eight. It was the 10th consecutive conference-opening victory for the Tribe. Emory Camper headed in a rebound from a Rutter shot to give W&M a 1-0 lead late in the first half, and Rutter added her second goal of the season in the 86th minute. Goalkeeper Caroline Casey made three saves in the match.

DELAWARE INCREASES WINNING STREAK TO SIX: Delaware is on a six-game winning streak following a 1-0 triumph at Towson in its CAA opener and a 3-0 victory at George Mason. Senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy scored a pair of goals at Mason, including the game-winner. It was her first multi-goal performance of the season. Alison Slark chipped in her first goal of the year versus the Patriots. At Towson, Andrea Arnold tallied the game-winning goal off a Shannon Kearney assist just 8:03 into the contest. Goalkeeper Jessica Levy made six saves in the shutout at Towson, while Jess Figueroa stopped three shots in the shutout of Mason.

PONCE LEADS TOWSON TO CAA VICTORY: Junior forward Katie Ponce scored a career-high two goals to lead Towson to a 3-0 victory over Drexel on Sunday. It was the Tigers’ first CAA win since Sept. 28, 2012 and their first CAA shutout since October 21, 2011. Senior Emily Banes picked up a pair of assists against the Dragons and ranks second in the CAA and sixth in Divsion I with 25 points (10g, 5a). Katlyn Axenfeld scored Towson’s first goal in the contest. Goalkeeper Erin Quinn made six saves in the shutout and also stopped nine shots in a 1-0 setback to Delaware last Thursday.

JMU SPLITS AGAINST IN-STATE FOES: James Madison increased its winning streak to five with a 2-1 victory over George Mason last Wednesday, but had it come to an end with a 2-1 loss to William & Mary in their CAA opener on Saturday. Katie Hyland contributed the game-tying goal against Mason before freshman Allie Bunner won it with her first career goal in the 86th minute. Hyland also assisted on a goal by Kelly Kerrigan in the loss to the Tribe.

UNCW SUFFERS NARROW CAA ROAD LOSSES: UNCW saw its four-game win streak snapped last week after 2-1 losses at Hofstra and Northeastern to start CAA play. Sophomore Katrina Guillou took over the team lead in points with 13 after scoring her fifth goal of the season at Northeastern. She has recorded a point in six of her last eight games. Junior Stephanie Bronson also picked up her fifth goal of the year at Hofstra. Senior Meg Kiser assisted on Guillou’s goal for her first point of the season.

COFC FALLS IN CAA OPENERS: College of Charleston fell 3-0 to Northeastern and 3-2 in overtime to Hofstra in its first two CAA matches. The Cougars took a 2-1 lead over Hofstra after second-half goals by Francesca Kentimenos and Sarah Cardamone in a span of 3:44. It was the first goal of the year for both players. Goalkeeper Taylor Avery made eight saves versus Hofstra and six in the setback to Northeastern.

TOUGH WEEK FOR DREXEL: Drexel suffered a 4-0 loss to La Salle and a 3-0 setback at Towson last week. Goalkeeper Eve Badana made nine saves against La Salle, which is ranked #1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Dragons out-shot Towson 13-5, but were able to get on the board. Lauren Stollar and Alyssa Findlay both took three shots against the Tigers.

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