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Women’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 29

Sep 29, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

Northeastern's Hannah Lopiccolo

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Mackenzie Dowd • Northeastern
So., Defender, Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor

Dowd scored two goals and helped anchor a Northeastern defense that posted back-to-back shutouts in a pair of conference road wins last weekend. The sophomore scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute as the Huskies edged William & Mary 1-0 last Friday for their first road win ever over the Tribe. She also scored NU’s second goal in a 4-0 triumph at Elon on Sunday. Dowd’s play on defense helped the Huskies record their program-record ninth shutout in 12 matches this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Andrea Gunderson • Delaware
Fr., Defender, West Chester, Pa./WC Bayard Rustin

Gunderson came off the bench to score the game-winning goal and added an assist on an insurance goal in Delaware’s 4-1 victory over College of Charleston on Sunday. The redshirt freshman defender scored her first collegiate goal from 25 yards out in the 29th minute and then picked up her first collegiate assist on Mary Aleixo’s goal midway through the second half.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Hannah Lopiccolo • Northeastern
Fr., Midfielder, Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Tesoro

Lopiccolo scored two goals and assisted on the game-winning goal in Northeastern’s 4-0 victory at Elon on Sunday. The freshman set up the Huskies’ first goal by Carina Deandreis midway through the first half and then expanded the lead by scoring twice in the second half. For the season, Lopiccolo leads the team with four goals and 11 points.

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THREE CAA TEAMS AMONG TOP 10 IN REGIONAL RANKINGS: Three CAA teams were listed among the top 10 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released on Sept. 23. William & Mary was ranked #3 in the poll, followed by Northeastern at #5, and Hofstra at #8. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

NORTHEASTERN POSTS IMPRESSIVE ROAD WINS: Northeastern got off to an impressive start in CAA play with road victories at William & Mary (1-0) and Elon (4-0). Sophomore defender Mackenzie Dowd scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute at W&M as the Huskies beat the Tribe on the road for the first time ever. She also added a goal against the Phoenix. Freshman midfielder Hannah Lopiccolo scored a pair of goals and also assisted on the game-winner by Carina Deandreis at Elon. She leads the team with 11 points this season on four goals and three assists. Northeastern has already set the program record for shutouts in a season with nine in the first 12 games. Goalkeeper Paige Burnett made four saves in the two matches and continues to lead the league in GAA (0.24), save percentage (.880) and shutouts (8).

DELAWARE BREAKS LOOSE OFFENSIVELY: Delaware opened 2-0 in CAA play after posting its top two offensive performances of the season in beating UNCW (4-1) and College of Charleston (4-1). The Blue Hens, who had scored just four goals in their previous five games combined, got eight goals from eight different players over the weekend. In the win over UNCW, Andrea Arnold and Nikki Adams each contributed a goal and an assist, while Emily Market and Madison Brosler also scored a goal. The Blue Hens had four players record their first goal of the season against CofC as Michelle McEnroe, Andrea Gunderson, Abby Thomas and Mary Aleixo found the net. UD out-shot CofC 26-3 and had a 17-12 shot advantage versus UNCW.

DREXEL’S FYE EXTENDS SHUTOUT STREAK: Drexel began CAA play with a pair of 1-0 victories over College of Charleston and UNCW last weekend. The Dragons have now won four in a row and are unbeaten in their past five matches. Junior goalkeeper Kelsie Fye made five saves against CofC and six versus UNCW to record her third and fourth consecutive shutouts. She hasn’t allowed a goal over the last 439 minutes and lowered her GAA to 1.05 for the season. Lauren Stollar scored her third goal of the season in the 34th minute for the game-winner against CofC. Megan Hammaker found the net off an Alyssa Findlay assist with just over 12 minutes to go in regulation to break a scoreless tie with UNCW. Freshman back Heidi Gspurning led the Dragons defensive effort.

BIG WEEK FOR JMU’S IVEY: James Madison junior forward Rachel Ivey scored two goals and assisted on two others as the Dukes split a pair of matches last week. Ivey headed home a free kick from Sam Lofton for the game-winning goal and assisted on a score by Katie Hyland as JMU defeated Towson 4-2 in its CAA opener. She was also involved with both scores in a 4-2 setback at Richmond with a goal and an assist. Freshman Caroline Fitzgerald scored her first collegiate goal in the 77th minute at Towson and assisted on Ivey’s goal at UR. Katherine Bukovsky scored her first goal of the season at Towson and Kelly Kerrigan tallied her first goal of the year at Richmond.

W&M STARTS 1-1 IN CAA PLAY: William & Mary rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Northeastern last Friday by posting an impressive 4-0 triumph over preseason league favorite Hofstra on Sunday. The Tribe showed its offensive balance against the Pride as Samantha Cordum, Clara Logsdon, Anna Madden and Emory Camper all scored goals. Cordum also picked up an assist versus Hofstra and leads W&M in goals (6), assists (5) and points (17). Camper has 11 points this season and has registered 32 points since the start of the 2013 campaign. Nicole Baxter increased her season assist total to four with a pair against Hofstra.

SCOLARICI KEEPS SCORING: Hofstra senior forward Sam Scolarici scored a pair of first-half goals as the Pride topped Elon 4-1 last Friday. It was the 10th career multi-goal game for Scolarici, who leads the CAA with 12 goals and 26 points this season and is among national leaders in both categories. Junior Leah Galton recorded her seventh goal of the season and Lulu Echeverry scored her first goal since Sept. 6, 2013 in the win over the Phoenix. The Pride was out-shot 22-7 in a 4-0 setback at William & Mary on Sunday.

TOWSON DROPS CAA OPENER: Towson was beaten 4-2 by James Madison in its CAA opener last Friday. The Tigers twice trimmed two-goal deficits in half, but could never draw even. Senior Katie Ponce scored her team-leading third goal of the season in the 53rd minute to make it 2-1 and sophomore Marissa Green’s first goal of the year in the 73rd minute pulled Towson within 3-2. Freshman Gabby Scirica had an assist on Green’s goal and is tied for second on the team with six points. Goalkeeper Erin Quinn made eight saves against JMU.

PANTUOSCO SCORES ELON’S FIRST CAA GOAL: Elon fell 4-1 to Hofstra last Friday and 4-0 to Northeastern on Sunday in its first two CAA contests. The Phoenix got off to a good start against the Pride when junior midfielder Alissa Pantuosco scored her first goal of the season in the ninth minute to put Elon on top 1-0. Grace Bennett was credited with an assist on the play.

UNCW FALLS TWICE ON THE ROAD: UNCW dropped conference road games at Delaware (4-1) and Drexel (1-0) last weekend. Junior forward Katrina Guillou scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season against the Blue Hens, but it’s the only goal the Seahawks have registered in their past three outings. Goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy stopped four shots at Drexel but surrendered the game only’s goal with just over 12 minutes left in regulation. UNCW out-shot the Dragons 14-9 in the match.

COFC LOSES PAIR OF AWAY CONTESTS: College of Charleston was edged 1-0 at Drexel and lost 4-1 at Delaware to start CAA action last weekend. The Cougars were out-shot 23-11 by the Dragons, but got a strong performance from goalkeeper Lauren Killian with nine saves. Junior Nicole Koretsky buried a free kick from 20 yards out for CofC’s lone goal at Delaware. It was her first goal of the season. Killian and Taylor Avery combined to make 13 saves in the setback to the Blue Hens.

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