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CAA Women’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 16

Sep 16, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

JMU's Ashley Herndon

Maddie McCormick • UNCW
So., Forward, Newark, Del./Alexis I. DuPont

McCormick was named the MVP of the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational after contributing three goals and an assist in the Seahawks’ two victories last weekend. The sophomore forward contributed two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-2 triumph over Longwood on Sunday and also had a goal in UNCW’s 4-2 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Friday.

Ashley Herndon • James Madison
Fr., Forward, Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge

Herndon recorded a goal and an assist in James Madison’s 3-2 victory at Charlotte last Friday. The freshman assisted on Lauren Wilson’s goal that gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead. With the game tied at 2-2 in the 60th minute, Herndon tallied the game-winning goal from 10 yards out. She leads JMU with three goals and seven points this season.

Around The League:

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. 10. William & Mary was the top ranked CAA squad at #5, while James Madison was #6 and Hofstra was #10. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

HOFSTRA EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO FOUR: Hofstra extended their winning streak to four with a 2-1 victory against Monmouth and a 1-0 triumph at St. Bonaventure last week. It’s the seventh consecutive season that the Pride has had at least one win streak of four games. Senior Ruby Staplehurst scored the game-winning goal against Monmouth and assisted on the game-winning goal by Kerry Cummings in the 37th minute at SBU. Sam Scolarici scored her team-leading eighth goal against Monmouth, which was her fifth straight contest with at least one goal. Leah Galton assisted on the goal, which was her seventh consecutive game with a point. Freshman Friederike Mehring took over in goal for injured Emily Morphitis against SBU and didn’t allow a goal in 82:12 of action.

JMU SWEEPS N.C. ROAD SWING: James Madison had a successful road swing through North Carolina, edging Charlotte 3-2 and topping Davidson 2-0. Senior Becky Sparks scored a goal in each contest, including the game-winner with five minutes left at Davidson. Katie Hyland followed with an insurance goal just 1:24 later and goalkeeper Ellen Forrest earned the shutout. Sam Lofton assisted on both goals. Freshman Ashley Herndon assisted on a first-half goal by Lauren Wilson and then scored the game-winner from 10 yards out in the 60th minute at Charlotte.

DELAWARE STAYS UNBEATEN AT HOME: Delaware improved to 3-0 at home this season following a 2-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) and a 2-1 win over Seton Hall last week. Senior forward Shannon Kearney scored an unassisted goal against St. Francis and picked up an assist on Chelsea Duffy’s goal versus Seton Hall. Freshman Natalie Zelenky recorded her first career game-winning goal with 2:21 remaining against Seton Hall. Zelenky and Kearney lead the Blue Hens with five points apiece.

UNCW CAPTURES OWN TOURNAMENT: UNCW defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Longwood by identical 4-2 scores to win the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational last weekend. The Seahawks have scored 11 goals over their last four games after opening the year with one goal in the first four games. Sophomore Maddie McCormick earned tournament MVP honors after contributing three goals and an assist. She was joined on the all-tournament squad by Morgan Leyble and freshmen Caroline McClain and Lissa Rahkola. McClain and junior Katie O’Donnell each scored their first collegiate goals over the weekend. Stephanie Bronson scored a goal in each contest.

TOWSON’S BANES HAS ANOTHER BIG GAME: Towson senior Emily Banes posted her second five-point game of the season with two goals and an assist in a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Yale on Sunday. Banes tops the CAA with 19 points and is tied for the league lead in goals with eight. Hollie Garber scored her first goal of the season and the second of her career versus Yale. Goalkeeper Erin Quinn made five saves in a narrow 1-0 setback to Bucknell last Friday.

DREXEL FALLS IN DOUBLE OT TO RIVAL PENN: Drexel dropped a 1-0 decision in double overtime to rival Penn last Friday. Melissa Chapman took a team-high four shots in the game for the Dragons. Junior goalkeeper Eve Badana made six saves before allowing the game’s only score in the 108th minute. Badana has an impressive 0.92 GAA for the season.

NORTHEASTERN DROPS OT GAME WITH BROWN: Northeastern suffered a 2-1 overtime setback to Brown in their only action last Thursday. Bianca Calderone scored her first goal of the season off a Kimberly Slade assist in the 39th minute to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage. NU stayed in front until Brown rallied to tie with under 12 minutes to play. Hanna Terry took four of the Huskies’ nine shots in the match.

COFC SUFFERS SEC ROAD SETBACKS: College of Charleston came up short in a pair of road games at SEC foes. The Cougars were beaten by 3-0 at Auburn and 5-1 at Georgia. Goalkeeper Eli Sarasola made 12 saves in 135 minutes of action over the weekend. McCallie Jones took five of the team’s six shots at Georgia and put three of them on net.

WEATHER CAUSES W&M POSTPONEMENT: William & Mary’s game with George Washington last Thursday was postponed early in the second half due to rain and lightning. The Tribe has a busy week ahead with three games in six days. W&M hosts Radford and Penn before facing Princeton on the road.