Oct 6, 2014, 4:46 PM EST
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Lahaina Zoller • Northeastern
Sr., Forward, Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School
Zoller scored both game-winning goals in Northeastern’s conference victories over Towson (4-0) and James Madison (2-0) last week. The senior forward converted a header in the sixth minute as the Huskies rolled past Towson and scored off a feed from Carly Wilhelm in the eighth minute of NU’s big win over JMU. Zoller has three goals for the season as the Huskies improved to 4-0 in CAA play.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Mary Kate Bowers • College of Charleston
Fr., Midfielder, Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road
Bowers scored two goals, including the game-winner, and also had an assist in College of Charleston’s 3-1 victory over Elon for its first-ever CAA win. The freshman midfielder assisted on the Cougars’ opening goal in the first half and then netted the eventual game-winner in the 35th minute. She tacked on an insurance goal with less than eight minutes remaining. Bowers leads CofC with 11 points (5g, 1a) for the season.
Around The League:
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. 30. Northeastern was ranked #2 in the poll, followed by William & Mary at #4, and Hofstra at #10. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR NU’S DOWD: Northeastern sophomore Mackenzie Dowd was honored as the National Player of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com on Sept. 30. Dowd scored a pair of goals and anchored a Huskies’ defense that posted consecutive shutouts in road victories at William & Mary and Elon.
NORTHEASTERN MOVES TO 4-0: Northeastern is off to a 4-0 start in CAA play for the second year in a row after blanking Towson (4-0) and James Madison (2-0) last weekend. The Huskies have won five straight matches – all by shutout – and lead the nation with 11 clean sheets in 14 contests. Senior Lahaina Zoller scored the game-winning goal early in each match, finding the net in the sixth minute against Towson and the eighth minute versus JMU. Sophomore Mackenzie Dowd has now scored a goal in four straight matches after making a diving header off a Bianca Calderone free kick in the Towson victory and converting a penalty kick against JMU for the Huskies’ second goal. Freshman Kayla Cappuzzo tallied a goal and an assist in the victory over Towson. Senior goalkeeper Paige Burnett dropped her league-best goals against average to 0.21 for the season. The Huskies have out-scored their opponents 13-0 in the second half this season.
DREXEL’S FYE SETS SHUTOUT RECORD: Drexel posted its fifth consecutive shutout and ran its unbeaten streak to six after earning a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Delaware on Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Kelsie Fye set a new Drexel mark for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal with 549, passing the record of 505 set by Kaitlin Bond. Fye, who lowered her goals against average to 0.95, made seven saves against the Hens and has 53 stops this season. The Dragons got another strong defensive effort from freshman Heidi Gspurning, who has been on the field for all 1,110 minutes this year. Drexel, which is 2-0-1 in CAA play, took 19 shots in the match with Gabby Dixon leading the way with six.
W&M STAYS HOT: William & Mary has won three in a row and eight of its last nine after posting back-to-back 2-0 road victories at UNCW and College of Charleston. Junior Samantha Cordum scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season just 4:39 into the match at UNCW. She has a team-best 19 points (7g, 5a) for the year. Senior defender Emily Fredrikson added the first goal of her collegiate career in the 41st minute at UNCW. Senior Emory Camper recorded her fifth goal of the season at CofC and increased her season point total to 13. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Casey pushed her season shutout total to five and her career ledger to 18. The Tribe defense limited UNCW to six shots and CofC to only three. With the victory at CofC, W&M has secured its NCAA-record 34th consecutive winning season.
JMU’S LOMBARDO RECORDS 300TH VICTORY: James Madison coach Dave Lombardo recorded the 300th victory of his career last Friday as the Dukes downed Hofstra 3-1. Sophomore forward Ashley Herndon assisted on the game-tying goal by Kelly Abt in the 30th minute and then scored the game-winner in the 51st minute off an assist from Katie Hyland. Herndon leads JMU with 13 points and tops the conference with seven assists. Kelly Kerrigan added her second goal of the year in the 69th minute. The Dukes, who have played seven of their last eight matches on the road, are at home for four of their final six contests.
WATERS LEADS UNCW PAST ELON: UNCW picked up its first CAA win of the season by defeating Elon 2-0 on Sunday. Freshman midfielder Serenity Waters tallied the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute and then added an insurance goal off a Kennedy Ulrich assist just 15 minutes later. Waters has scored six goals this season, which is tied for the team lead with Katrina Guillou. Goalkeeper Liisa Rahkola made seven saves and posted the shutout for UNCW, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Seahawks celebrated the 20th anniversary of the program on Sunday.
COFC EARNS FIRST CAA VICTORY: College of Charleston earned its’ first-ever CAA victory by topping Elon 3-1 last Friday. Freshman midfielder Mary Kate Bowers was involved in all three scores with two goals and an assist, increasing her team-leading point total to 11 (5g, 1a) for the season. Bowers set up Tracey Webster’s first goal of the year at the 32-minute mark, before adding a goal of her own in each half. Webster was the ninth different CofC player to score a goal this season. Defender Hope Walker has played every minute of every game for the Cougars in 2014.
DELAWARE STAYS UNBEATEN IN CAA PLAY: Delaware stayed unbeaten in CAA play at 2-0-1 after battling to a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Drexel on Saturday. Sophomore goalkeeper Kailyn Rekos made four saves against the Dragons and recorded her second shutout of the season. The Blue Hens were out-shot (19-13) for the first time this season. Natalie Zelenky and Rachel Vaccaro each took three shots to lead Delaware. It was just the third time this season that the Hens have failed to score.
HOFSTRA SPLITS CAA MATCHES: Hofstra rebounded from a 3-1 loss to James Madison last Friday by topping Towson 1-0 on Sunday. Senior forward Sam Scolarici scored her league-leading 13th goal of the season less than five minutes into the match with Towson. The Pride defense took over from there, not allowing a single shot on goal for the first time in almost four years. Hofstra jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on JMU as Jeannine Molleda scored her first goal of the year off an assist from Amber Stobbs.
TOWSON FALLS TWICE ON THE ROAD: Towson suffered a pair of conference road losses over the weekend, falling 4-0 at Northeastern and 1-0 at Hofstra. Senior goalkeeper Erin Quinn made eight saves against the Pride and didn’t allow a score over the final 85 minutes. She leads the CAA with 59 saves for the season. The Tigers had the potential game-tying goal from Katlyn Axenfeld waved off due to offsides at Hofstra.
ELON SUFFERS ROAD SETBACKS: Elon was beaten twice on the road in CAA play last week, losing 3-1 to College of Charleston and 2-0 at UNCW. Susannah Anderson scored her first goal of the season in the 84th minute at CofC off an assist from Marissa Russo. She also took a team-high three shots versus the Seahawks. The Phoenix out-shot UNCW 13-10 and put seven shots on goal, but was unable to get on the board.
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