Albany's Tirabassi, Binghamton's Holliday Take Home Women's Soccer Weekly Honors

Release: 09/21/2009
Ashley Tirabassi became Albany's all-time leading scorer with her third goal of the season last week.
Ashley Tirabassi became Albany's all-time leading scorer with her third goal of the season last week.
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - University at Albany's Ashley Tirabassi (Cambridge, Ontario/Monsignor Doyle) and Binghamton University's Jamie Holliday (Apalachin, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) each scored key goals for their teams last week to earn America East Women's Soccer weekly accolades. Tirabassi was named Player of the Week, while Holliday was tabbed Rookie of the Week for period ending Sept. 20.

Tirabassi, a senior forward, scored the lone goal in Albany’s 1-0 win over Niagara last week. The score was Tirabassi’s 16th career tally, tying a school record and giving her 39 career points, which broke the Great Danes’ 26-year old mark. Tirabassi, who ranks among America East leaders with three goals this season, helped Albany improve to 5-5-0 on the season, which already equals the program’s highest win total in 11 years at the Division I level.

Holliday, a freshman forward, netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Binghamton’s lone game last week, a 3-1 win over Temple. The scores, which both came in the game’s first 18 minutes, give Holliday three tallies in her last three games, all Bearcat wins. Holliday is tied for second among league leaders with three goals and tied for the sixth with six points this season.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (5-5-0, 0-0-0 America East), which has already matched its highest win total since upgrading to Division I status in 1999, played three home matches last week … The Great Danes opened up with a 2-1 loss to crosstown-rival Siena before posting a pair of 1-0 victories against Niagara and Colgate … Ashley Tirabassi (Cambridge, Ontario/Monsignor Doyle) broke the all-time school record for career points which stood for 26 years when she netted the lone goal against Niagara … She also matched the all-time program standard for career goals with her 16th marker on the play … Breanna Maggio (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) also had a record-setting week by blanking Niagara and Colgate … She became the first Great Dane goalkeeper to post three shutouts in a single season in the team’s Division I era, a mark which leads all America East Conference goalkeepers … Maggio also matched the Division I standard for shutouts in career this week … UAlbany is the only team in the conference to have both goalkeepers post a shutout, as Cate Crenson (North Salem, N.Y./North Salem) blanked Iona in the team’s home opener … Chrissy Klepper  (River Edge, N.J./River Dell) scored her first career goal, which stood as the game-winner, versus Colgate … UAlbany’s young defense which is anchored by Kendra Harrell-Vigil (Avondale, Ariz./Westview) and Casey Marks (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) has allowed just 1.10 goals per game … The Division I program standard of allowing 2.00 goals per game was set in 2007 … UAlbany opens up America East play at Vermont on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

(3-3-1, 0-0-0 America East) stretched its win streak to three with a 3-1 victory over Temple in the team’s lone game of the week.  The Bearcats scored twice in the game’s first 18 minutes with both goals coming off the foot of freshman forward Jamie Holliday (Apalachin, N.Y./Maine-Endwell).  Holliday now has three goals in her last three games… Senior midfielder Amanda Casares (Rahway, N.J./Rahway) netted an insurance goal late in the game – her second goal in the last three games… Keepers Jen McEachron (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls) and Erin Iman (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) split the game with Iman making a pair of saves in a scoreless 45 minutes.  McEachron owns a 0.57 goals against average.

Following a 1-0 loss to crosstown-rival Northeastern on Friday, Boston University (3-4-2, 0-0-0 America East) rebounded on Sunday night with a 1-0 victory over Harvard in front of a national television audience on Fox Soccer Channel. Freshman Megan McGoldrick (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) provided the heroics with the game winner – her first collegiate tally – in the 28th minute. Sophomore Jessica Luscinski (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) was credited with the assist. Senior Janie Reilly (Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) earned the shutout with four saves – including a spectacular diving stop in the waning minutes of regulation to preserve the blank sheet. BU will host Dartmouth on Thursday (Sept. 24) at 7 p.m., before opening America East action with Binghamton on Sunday (Sept. 27) at 1 p.m.

Hartford (3-4-1, 0-0-0 America East) finished a two-game week with an 0-1-1 record, posting their first tie of the season against the University of Massachusetts and then dropping a 1-0 decision to Army on the road … Hartford opened the week against UMass, scoring the first goal of the game in the 25th minute … Laura Guigli (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler) scored the only goal of the week for Hartford off a pass from Breeanna Robinson (East Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) … the goal tied Guigli for the team lead with Alex Uscilla (Westport, Conn./St. Joseph’s) with three goals a piece … The Hawks then allowed the Minutewomen to tie the game in the 53rd minute that deflected off of Hawks keeper Lauren Brodeur (Wilbraham, Mass./Wilbraham Monson Academy) … Against Army, the Hawks allowed a goal in the second minute of the game and then both teams were held scoreless for the next 88 minutes, ending with the Army victory … The Hawks will play a pair of game in the coming week, the first on the road at Princeton on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then back home, hosting the Fairliegh Dickinson Knights on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Maine (3-3-1, 0-0-0 America East) recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Northeastern on Sunday… Maine’s goal just 3:46 into the game by Laura Martel (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) set the tone early for the Black Bears… The Huskies entered the game with a record of 5-1 and ranked first in the latest NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll… Martel’s goal was her team-leading fifth of the season… She scored five straight goals for the Black Bears dating back to Maine’s game at Dartmouth on Sept. 4… Rookie Josée Descoeurs (Orleans, Ontario/Louis Riel Sport Etrude HS) scored the game-winning goal late in the first half for the Black Bears… It was her first collegiate goal… Junior Hannah Breton (Greenville, Maine/Greenville) notched her second career goal in the game against Northeastern and it gave the Black Bears a commanding 3-0 lead… Northeastern entered the game having allowed just two goals in six games on the season… The Black Bears put four goals on the board against the Huskies… Rookie Meagan Price-Leibenzeder (Surrey, British Columbia/Clayton Heights) has started all seven games in goal for the Black Bears… She lowered her goals against average to 1.23 on the season in the game against Northeastern… Maine swings into America East Conference play this weekend when it hosts UMBC on Sunday, Sept. 27 at noon at Alumni Field in Orono.

After a nearly two-week hiatus, UMBC (0-4-1, 0-0-0 America East) returned to action Friday, Sept. 18, against George Washington… In their home opener, the Retrievers tied the Colonials, 1-1, in double overtime… The draw snapped UMBC’s four-game losing streak… It was the Retrievers’ first overtime game since Oct. 7, 2007, at Maine, and their first tie since Sept. 21, 2007, at Sacred Heart… Freshman midfielder Katie Gitlin (Owings, Md./Northern) scored her first career goal, heading a corner kick from freshman back Aly Gazarek (Manassas, Va./Freedom/South Florida) past the GW keeper for a 1-0 lead… Twenty-six of UMBC’s 29 goals since 2007 have been scored by underclassmen, including 18 by freshmen… Sophomore goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Ijamsville, Md./Northwest) posted a career-high 10 saves against George Washington… After recording back-to-back seven-save performances, Van Vlerah has averaged 8.0 saves over her last three contests… She now has 34 saves on the season, one shy of last year’s total… Freshman forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and sophomore midfielder Danielle Kell (Willards, Md./Parkside) lead the Retrievers with seven shots apiece… UMBC plays three games next week, with a home game against VMI on Sept. 24 sandwiched between road contests at George Mason on Sept. 22 and America East rival Maine on Sept. 27.

New Hampshire (1-6-1, 0-0-0 America East) went 0-2-0 last week on a Colorado road trip, dropping a 4-0 decision at Colorado College, and losing a 1-0 match at Air Force … senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) made eight saves against Colorado College – the third time this season she has recorded at least eight saves – and stopped six shots versus Air Force … the Wildcats return to action Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. when they play host to Holy Cross under the lights at Bremner Field … the ‘Cats open their conference slate Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. when they head to Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium … UNH is a combined 11-4-1 in America East play over the past two seasons, and 29-16-5 dating back to 2003.

Stony Brook (1-7-1, 0-0-0 America East) went 1-2 on the week … Stony Brook picked up a victory at Yale on Wednesday night, defeating the Bulldogs 2-1 in double overtime … the Seawolves then lost to Sacred Heart 1-0 in overtime on Friday night before closing out the week with a 3-1 loss at Fairfield on Sunday … junior Debbie Aller scored the game-winning goal against Yale on Wednesday with 32 seconds left in the second overtime … it was the first career goal for Aller … junior Dana Adamkiewicz assisted on the goal to record her first career point … freshman Taryn Schoenbeck scored the first goal of her career against Yale … the goal tied the game at 1-1 in the 64th minute … the Seawolves overtime game against Sacred Heart was its fourth straight overtime game and fifth this season … the Seawolves played just one overtime game last year but played a program record seven in 2007 … Stony Brook also played four straight overtime games during the non-conference part of the schedule in 2007 …  freshman Meghan Gilley nearly won the game with 2:05 left in regulation but her shot hit the right post … senior Kelly Grant scored her second career goal in the Seawolves loss to Fairfield on Sunday … the Seawolves had the advantage in shots, 10-5, and corner kicks, 4-2, against Fairfield on Sunday … the contest against Fairfield was Stony Brook’s final non-conference game of the season.

Vermont (0-6-1, 0-0-0 America East) begins the week still searching for its first victory of the year.  The Catamounts dropped a 2-1 decision on a late goal by Rhode Island and fell 3-1 behind two second half goals to Siena.  Freshman Megan Rozumalski (Middleburgh, N.Y./Middleburgh) had an assist against the Rams and forced Siena to knock in an own goal off a corner kick against the Saints.  The Catamounts travel to Colgate on Friday (Sept. 25) and then open America East action hosting Albany at Centennial Field on Sunday (Sept. 27) at 2 p.m.