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Women’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 27

Oct 27, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

Towson's Maddie Bove

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Leah Galton • Hofstra
Jr., Forward, Harrogate, England

Galton scored four goals as Hofstra closed conference play with a pair of victories to secure the #3 seed in the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The junior forward recorded her first career hat trick with three goals as the Pride defeated Delaware, 4-2, on Sunday. She also contributed the game-winning goal  and an assist in Hofstra’s 2-1 triumph over Drexel last Friday. Galton has scored a career-best 13 goals for Hofstra this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Maddie Bove • Towson
Fr., Defender, West Chester, Pa./Unionville

Bove played all 180 minutes and was part of a Towson defense that recorded back-to-back shutout wins to earn a berth in the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time in school history. The Tigers limited William & Mary’s strong offensive attack to 10 shots in a 2-0 victory on Sunday and held Elon to only six shots in a 2-0 triumph last Friday.

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THREE CAA TEAMS IN REGIONAL RANKINGS: Three CAA teams were listed among the top 10 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released on Oct. 21. Northeastern remained at #2 in the poll, followed by William & Mary at #4 and Hofstra at #8. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

FIELD SET FOR CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: The field is set for the 2014 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship after a very competitive regular-season race. Northeastern captured the regular-season title for the first time since 2009 and will host the semifinals and finals of the tournament on November 7 and 9 at Parsons Field. The Huskies and second-place James Madison received byes into the semifinals. The CAA quarterfinals will take place on Sunday, November 2 as #3 Hofstra hosts #6 Towson and #4 William & Mary entertains #5 Drexel.

TOWSON EARNS FIRST CAA CHAMPIONSHIP BERTH: Towson completed an amazing late-season run with 2-0 victories over Elon and William & Mary to earn a berth in CAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time in school history. The Tigers went 3-0-1 in their final four conference contests and won a tiebreaker over Delaware for the sixth seed in the tournament. Towson got first-half goals from Natalia Pinkney and Marissa Green to defeat W&M for the first time ever. Junior defender Vasthy Delgado, who anchored the Tigers’ defense, picked up her first career assist on Green’s goal. Against Elon, senior Katie Ponce scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season and senior Morgan Fraczkowski added her first career goal. Senior goalkeeper Erin Quinn made five saves in two games and posted the back-to-back shutouts to increase her season total to six.

NORTHEASTERN CLAIMS CAA REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: Northeastern rallied for a 2-2 tie against Delaware last Friday and then edged Drexel 1-0 on Sunday to capture the CAA regular-season title for the first time since 2009. Junior Shayna Blackwood scored the game-winning goal against Drexel off an assist from Kayla Cappuzzo in the 61st minute. Blackwood, who also scored NU’s first goal against Delaware, has recorded a goal in three straight contests. Freshman Hannah Lopiccolo registered the game-tying goal in the 86th minute versus Delaware after sending a pass from Lahaina Zoller inside the left post. The shutout against Drexel was the NCAA-best 14th of the season for the Huskies.

GALTON RECORDS FIRST CAREER HAT TRICK: Hofstra junior forward Leah Galton recorded the first hat trick of her career with three goals in the Pride’s 4-2 win over Delaware on Sunday that clinched the #3 seed in the CAA Tournament. Galton, the 2013 CAA Player of the Year, also tallied the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 2-1 victory over Drexel last Friday and has a career-best 13 goals for the season. Senior Sam Scolarici, who recorded a hat trick for the Pride earlier this season, scored her league-leading 15th goal of the season against the Blue Hens and is on pace to capture her second straight conference scoring title. Lulu Echeverry had the Pride’s first goal in the win over Drexel.

JMU FINISHES 8-1 AT HOME: James Madison finished with an 8-1 mark at University Park after defeating William & Mary (1-0) and Elon (1-0 in ot) last weekend to secure the #2 seed for the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The Dukes outscored their opponents 14-4 on their home field and closed the year with four straight shutouts. Senior Sam Lofton converted a penalty kick in the 95th minute for the game-winner against Elon. JMU scored off an own goal in the 68th minute versus W&M. Goalkeeper Ellen Forrest stopped four shots in the shutout versus W&M and then combined with Kate Courter to blank Elon. A record crowd of 1,007 was on hand for the JMU/W&M contest as the Dukes honored their 25th Anniversary team.

COFC’S AVERY SHINES ON SENIOR DAY: College of Charleston senior goalkeeper Taylor Avery celebrated Senior Day by turning in one of the best performances of her career in the Cougars’ 1-0 triumph over UNCW on Sunday. Avery made seven of her career-high 10 saves in the second half, including several acrobatic stops, to record her first shutout of the season. Sarah Cardamone scored the game’s only goal in the 14th minute off an assist from Hannah Huizenga. It was Cardamone’s fourth goal of the season and her first game-winner. The Cougars also posted a 4-0 win at South Carolina State last Thursday. Nicole Koretsky paced CofC with a goal and two assists, while Sarah Blakely added a goal and an assist.

DELAWARE EARNS TIE AT NORTHEASTERN: Delaware became the first team to score more than one goal against Northeastern this season as the Blue Hens tied the Huskies 2-2 last Friday. Natalie Zelenky gave UD a 1-0 lead by scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 10th minute. She later assisted on Rachel Vaccaro’s goal that gave the Hens a 2-1 advantage with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation. Goalkeeper Jess Figueroa came up with eight saves versus the Huskies. Zelenky and Vaccaro also scored a goal in Delaware’s 4-2 setback at Hofstra on Sunday and finished the season with five goals apiece.

ONE-GOAL LOSSES FOR DREXEL: Drexel dropped a pair of one-goal decisions on the road last weekend, falling 2-1 at Hofstra and 1-0 at Northeastern. Senior Megan Hammaker scored her fifth goal of the season in the 55th minute at Hofstra to cut the Pride deficit to one. Hammaker leads the Dragons with 14 points this season and is tied in the lead for goals with Melissa Chapman. Goalkeeper Kelsie Fye stopped four shots against the Pride and three at Northeastern. She ranks third in the CAA in GAA (1.10) and save percentage (.788). The fifth-seeded Dragons, who are in the CAA Tournament for the second time in the last three years, visit William & Mary in the quarterfinals.

W&M DROPS TWO ON THE ROAD: William & Mary suffered road losses at James Madison (1-0) and Towson (2-0) to close the regular season, but still earned the #4 seed and a quarterfinal home game for the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship against #5 Drexel. Goalkeeper Caroline Casey recorded seven saves over the two games, including six at Towson. Senior Emory Camper leads the Tribe with 21 points for the season, which is the third time in her career that she’s topped the 20-point mark.

SOLID EFFORT FOR ELON’S MURPHY: Elon goalkeeper Kate Murphy turned in a pair of solid performances as the Phoenix were beaten on the road by Towson (2-0) and James Madison (1-0 in ot). She stopped seven shots in a complete-game effort against the Tigers and also made seven saves over the final 49:10 at JMU before allowing the game-winning score on a penalty kick. Grace Bennett finished the year as Elon’s leader in goals (3) and points (7).

UNCW FALLS IN FINALE: UNCW dropped a 1-0 decision at College of Charleston in their season finale on Sunday. Junior forward Katrina Guillou took 10 of the Seahawks’ 14 shots in the match and put eight of them on goal. Guillou finished the season with team-highs in goals (8) and points (18). Sophomore goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy stopped three shots for UNCW, which had seven games decided by one goal this season.

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