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CAA Women’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 21

Oct 21, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

JMU's Lauren Wilson JMU's Lauren Wilson

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Lauren Wilson • James Madison
Sr., Forward, Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown

Wilson scored three goals, including two game-winners, in JMU’s conference victories over UNCW (2-1) and College of Charleston (3-0). The senior broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 27th minute against the Seahawks, and then scored two goals in a span of two minutes in the second half to lift the Dukes past CofC. Wilson has five goals this season and is tied for seventh all-time at JMU with 29 career goals.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Carolyn Huddy • UNCW
Fr., Goalkeeper, Huntersville, N.C./Lake Norman

Huddy made 16 saves as UNCW went 1-1 in a pair of difficult CAA road matches last week. She stopped seven shots and recorded her second career shutout as the Seahawks handed William & Mary its first league loss, 3-0. Huddy made nine saves in a 2-1 setback at James Madison.

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TWO CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Two CAA teams were ranked among the top five in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic regional rankings for Oct. 15. William & Mary moved up one spot in the poll to #3 and James Madison was ranked #5. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

CRITICAL GAMES TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON:  James Madison, Northeastern and William & Mary enter the final week of regular-season play tied for first with 5-1 records as they battle for the top seed and right to host the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. Northeastern hosts JMU on Friday night and W&M on Sunday afternoon. The Dukes and Tribe also face a tough challenge at defending champion Hofstra (3-2-1) as part of the road swing. Five teams (Delaware, Hofstra, JMU, Northeastern and W&M) have locked up spots in the CAA Tournament. UNCW needs a win or a tie in its final two matches to secure the final berth.

FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK FOR JMU: James Madison has won five in a row and nine of its last 10 after posting victories over UNCW (2-1) and College of Charleston (3-0) last week. Senior forward Lauren Wilson scored three goals, including both game-winners. Her goal versus UNCW in the 27th minute snapped a 1-1 tie and she scored twice in two minutes to break a 0-0 second-half deadlock with CofC. Katie Hyland scored her sixth goal of the season against UNCW and Sydney Braun-McLeod had her fourth goal of the year in the win over CofC. Becky Sparks recorded her 16th career assist, which ranks 14th all-time at JMU. The Dukes are two wins shy of the program record for victories in the regular season.

SCOLARICI CLOSES IN ON HOFSTRA GOALS RECORD: Junior forward Sam Scolarici scored both Hofstra goals as the Pride rallied for a 2-1 triumph at Towson on Sunday. She tied the match with a goal in the 55th minute before netting the game-winner with 4:20 left in regulation. Scolarici tops the CAA with 16 goals, which is one off the Pride season record of 17 set by Carlene Wawrzonek in 1994. Her 31 career goals are the third-most in Hofstra history. Sophomore Leah Galton picked up assists on both scores to increase her CAA-leading assist total to 11 for the season.

NORTHEASTERN EDGES TOWSON IN OT: Sophomore Shayna Blackwood’s goal 7:30 into overtime gave Northeastern a 3-2 victory at Towson last Thursday. It was the Huskies’ sixth overtime contest of the season, but their first triumph in one of those contests (1-2-3). It was the third goal of the season for Blackwood, which tied her for the team lead. NU took a 2-0 advantage in the contest on first-half goals from freshman Nicole Wilkins and senior Hanna Terry. Goalkeeper Paige Burnett made seven saves in the contest.

MARKET LEADS DELAWARE PAST DREXEL: Delaware posted a 1-0 victory over rival Drexel on Friday in its only action of the week. Sophomore forward Emily Market scored her second consecutive game-winning goal for the Blue Hens in the 66th minute. Senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy picked up the assist on the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jess Levy made three saves in the match and registered her fifth shutout of the season.

UNCW GOES 1-1 ON THE ROAD: UNCW rebounded from a 2-1 setback at James Madison by defeating William & Mary 3-0 on Sunday. It was the Seahawks’ first win in 20 all-time matchups with the Tribe. Sophomore Katrina Guillou scored the game-winning goal and also had an assist versus W&M and contributed UNCW’s lone goal at JMU. She has a point in 10 of the past 12 contests and tops the Seahawks with 21 points on eight goals and five assists. Morgan Leyble and Moa Jarl both had their first goals of the season at W&M. Goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy made 16 saves over the two games and posted her second shutout in the win over the Tribe.

TRIBE UNBEATEN STREAK ENDS AT 12: William & Mary rolled to a 5-1 victory over College of Charleston on Friday but suffered their first CAA loss on Sunday to UNCW, 3-0. The setback ended the Tribe’s 12-game unbeaten streak and was the team’s first loss in regulation since Oct. 14, 2012. Junior forward Emory Camper scored two goals in the CofC victory. The Tribe also got goals from Dani Rutter and Nicole Baxter. Rutter also recorded her 20th career assist, which ties her for 10th all-time at W&M.

TOWSON’S BANES BECOMES CAREER GOALS LEADER: Towson closed CAA play with one-goal setbacks to Northeastern (3-2 in ot) and Hofstra (2-1). Senior Emily Banes became the Tigers’ all-time leader in goals with 28 after giving Towson a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute against Hofstra on Sunday. It was her 13th goal of the year. The Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit against NU as freshman Nat Pinkney scored her second goal of the season and junior Taylor Knier connected on a 40-yard free kick. The Tigers will honor 11 seniors before their match with Delaware State on Saturday.

COFC DROPS TWO TOUGH ROAD CONTESTS: College of Charleston dropped road matches at CAA frontrunners William & Mary (5-1) and James Madison (3-0) last week. Michaela Herrmann scored her second goal of the season in the 82nd minute to get the Cougars on the board at W&M. CofC battled JMU to a scoreless tie through the first 62 minutes before the Dukes broke loose for two quick goals. Goalkeeper Lauren Killian made 13 saves in the setback to the Tribe and stopped 10 shots in the loss at JMU.

DREXEL DROPS DECISION AT DELAWARE: Drexel was beaten 1-0 at Delaware on Friday night in its only match of the week. Lauren Stollar led the Dragons offensively by putting both of her shots on net, while Megan Hammaker also took a pair of shots. Goalkeeper Eve Badana made four saves for Drexel. The Dragons need to win their final two matches to have a chance to qualify for the CAA Tournament.

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