Top Three Women's Soccer Teams Earn Weekly Accolades

Release: 10/12/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Clutch performances from players on the three teams atop the America East women's soccer standings have earned weekly awards for the stanza ending Oct. 11. Boston University's Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Stony Brook University's Marisa Viola (Cutchogue, N.Y./Mattituck) were named Co-Players of the Week, while Binghamton University's Emily Pape (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) was tabbed Rookie of the Week.

Pallotta, a senior midfielder earned her second straight Co-Player of the Week award after scoring goals in each of Boston University’s wins last week. She scored 6:27 into the second half in a 5-0 victory over Vermont Thursday and found the back of the net 2:10 into the second stanza in a 3-0 win at Albany Sunday. Pallotta, who has four goals in her last three games, is tied for second among league leaders in goals (5) and tied for third in points (12).

Viola, a senior goalkeeper, made 10 saves in two games and recorded a pair of shutouts to help Stony Brook stay unbeaten in league play. The 2008 America East Goalkeeper of the Year, Viola made four stops in a 5-0 win over UMBC on Thursday and saved six more shots in a 2-0 victory at Vermont Sunday. Over her last five games, Viola is 4-0-1 with just one goal allowed and four shutouts.

Pape  accounted for all of Binghamton’s scoring by netting game-winning goals in two key conference victories last week. A freshman midfielder, Pape scored in the 28th minute to deliver a 1-0 win over Hartford Thursday and extended her scoring streak to three straight games with a goal in the 30 minute to down Maine 1-0 on Sunday. Pape has appeared in all 12 Binghamton games this season is tied for the team lead with three goals.

Boston U., which has now won 21 straight games against league opponents dating back to 2007, sits in first place with 15 points at 5-0-0 with three games to go. Stony Brook, last year's runner up, is right behind the Terriers with 13 points at 4-0-1, while Binghamton, winners in three of its last four games, is securely in third place with nine points at 3-2-0.

Weekly Notebook:

Albany (6-7-1, 1-2-1 America East) surpassed its highest single-season win total since upgrading to Division I status in 1999 when it recorded a 1-0 road win over New Hampshire on Thursday, Oct. 8 … The Great Danes concluded last week’s action with a 3-0 loss to defending-champion Boston University on Sunday, Oct. 11 … Chelsea DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), who netted the game-winning tally against New Hampshire, continues to lead the team and all America East freshmen in scoring with five goals and three assists for 13 points … Cate Crenson (North Salem, N.Y./North Salem) made six saves to earn her second shutout of the season versus the Wildcats … It was the first time a Great Dane goalkeeper blanked an America East opponent since Beth Spinelli made 12 stops in a 2-0 win over Stony Brook on Oct. 6, 2002 … She followed up that performance by making a career-best 11 saves in the loss to Boston U. … UAlbany is the only school in the America East Conference to have two goalkeepers record a shutout … Crenson and Breanna Maggio (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) have combined to post five clean sheets … The Great Danes’ young defense has allowed just 1.21 goals per game this season … The program’s Division I standard of allowing 2.00 goals per game was set in 2007 … UAlbany returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 15 when it travels to face UMBC at 3:30 p.m., and concludes the road swing at Stony Brook on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.

Binghamton (6-5-1, 3-2-0 America East) won both its games during the week and has now won six of its last eight… The Bearcats edged Hartford and Maine by identical 1-0 scores… Freshman midfielder Emily Pape (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) continued her stellar play with two goals.  Pape netted the game-winner in each contest and now has scored in three consecutive games.  She was the America East Player of the Game against Hartford – her second honor of the season… Freshman Lisa Campbell (Farmingdale, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) earned the honor in the win over Maine after closely marking the Black Bears’ top threat… Freshman forward Jamie Holliday (Apalachin, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) assisted on Pape’s game-winner at Maine and leads the team with three goals and eight points… Senior starting keeper Jen McEachron (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls) and junior Erin Iman (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) shared both shutouts with each player logging 45 scoreless minutes in each.  The duo has combined for five shutouts in ’09.  McEachron lowered her goals against average to 0.83.  Iman (1.12 GAA) made seven saves in the second half to preserve the win at Maine… The Bearcats will break from their America East schedule to face Ivy League member Penn on Wednesday before hosting UMBC Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex… Binghamton has already tied its conference points total from last year (9 pts.) and still has three league games remaining.

Boston University (9-4-2, 5-0-0 America East) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with back-to-back wins over Vermont, 4-0, and Albany, 3-0, last week. The Terriers, who have not lost to an AE opponent in 21 straight games, kicked its offense into high gear, scoring seven goals in two games, led by senior Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass./Andover) and freshman Jessica Morrow (Andover, Mass./Andover) with two goals apiece. On Thursday night, the Terriers claimed a 3-0 victory over UVM, with goals coming from Pallotta, freshman Megan McGoldrick (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial), junior Shauna Kelleher (Canton, Mass./Fontbonne) and sophomore Tiya Gallegos (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair). A few days later, BU continued its streak with a 3-0 shutout at Albany. Once again, Pallotta found the back of the net for the fifth time in six games, and rookie Morrow scored her first two collegiate goals. Senior Janie Reilly (Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was in net for the back-to-back shutouts, making four saves. Over the last seven games, 10 different Terriers have found the back of the net to account for 18 goals. Up next for BU is Stony Brook on Thursday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m.

Hartford (4-8-2, 0-3-1 America East) dropped a pair of 1-0 road decisions at Binghamton on Thursday and at UMBC on Sunday … Both Binghamton and UMBC scored just over half way through the first half of each game with neither team scoring in the final 45 minutes … against the Bearcats, the Hawks were outshot by a 17-7 advantage … defender Michele DeSanti (Meriden, Conn./Mercy) took four of Hartford shots, with two of her shots going on goal … Hartford keeper Lauren Brodeur (Wilbraham, MA/Wilbraham Munson) finished the game with six saves … against the Retrievers, Hartford held a commanding lead in the shots column with a 23-7 final tally … Hartford had nine different players take shots, led by DeSanti and Laura Guigli (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler) who each finished with five shots … Brodeur finished the UMBC game with three saves, nine total for the week … Hartford will return home to take on the Maine Black Bears as they continue to search for their first conference victory … the Hawks and Black Bears are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first kick on Thursday, October 15.

Maine (4-5-2, 1-2-1 America East) dropped a 1-0 decision to Binghamton on Sunday afternoon… Maine’s game scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 against Brown, to be played in South Berwick, Maine, was postponed due to the weather…. On Sunday, the Black Bears finished the game against Binghamton with a 25-5 advantage in shots… It is the second time this season that the Black Bears have fallen 1-0 in a game… Maine dropped the season-opener to Weber State by a 1-0 score…  The game against Binghamton marked the seventh time this season that the Black Bears have allowed one or fewer goals in a game… Maine has received just one yellow card on the season in 11 games… The Black Bears will hit the road for a pair of games as they will travel to Hartford and New Hampshire this week.

UMBC (2-10-1, 1-3-0 America East) split a pair of America East Conference games this week, falling at Stony Brook, 5-0, on Oct. 8, then picking up its first league victory, 1-0, at home against Hartford on Oct. 11… Late in the 32nd minute against the Hawks, junior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional) sent a pass to freshman forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) from midfield that split the defenders, and McKee beat the Hartford keeper one-on-one inside the box for her first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner… Freshmen have scored both of UMBC’s game-winning goals this season… Sophomore goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Ijamsville, Md./Northwest) recorded seven saves in the game for her first career shutout… It was UMBC’s first shutout since a 1-0 victory over Maine on Sept. 28, 2008… Vacarino and sophomore midfielder Danielle Kell (Willards, Md./Parkside) are tied for the team lead with two goals, two assists and six points apiece… Freshman back Aly Gazarek (Manassas, Va./Freedom/South Florida) also has a team-best two helpers… Van Vlerah has tallied 83 saves on the season… Nine different players have scored for UMBC this season, the most since 12 Retrievers found the back of the net in 2004… The Retrievers play a pair of America East Conference games this week, hosting Albany on Oct. 15, then visiting Binghamton on Oct. 18.

New Hampshire (2-11-1, 1-3-0 America East) went 0-2-0 last week, falling at home to Albany, 1-0, Oct. 8, and losing on the road to intrastate rival Dartmouth, 2-1, Oct. 11 … sophomore Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H./Bryant University) scored her first goal in a UNH uniform late in the 82nd minute versus Dartmouth to bring the Wildcats within a goal … senior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) earned her second assist of the season on the goal … senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) made one save in 45 minutes against Dartmouth after stopping two shots versus Albany … freshman goalkeeper Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario/Dunbarton) recorded two saves in the second half at Dartmouth … the Wildcats have suffered eight one-goal losses in 14 games this season, after recording nine one-goal defeats in 18 matches last season … the Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. when they travel to face Vermont at Centennial Field.

Stony Brook (5-7-2, 4-0-1 America East) won both games this week, defeating visiting UMBC 5-0 on Thursday before beating Vermont 2-0 on Sunday … SBU has now won three straight and is unbeaten over its last five games … Stony Brook has outscored its opponents 11-1 during the five-game unbeaten streak … senior goalkeeper Marisa Viola made four saves in the shutout of UMBC … it was 24th career shutout for Viola, who passed Cindy Bennett for the program’s career shutout record … five different Seawolves scored in the victory over the Retrievers … Sophomore Dominique Adamo scored the game-winner in the 14th minute … Freshman Meghan Gilley added a goal in the 31st minute to send the Seawolves into halftime with a 2-0 lead … Sophomore Gabriella Petralia, junior Morgan Sims and senior Kelly Grant each notched a goal in the second half … Viola made six saves in the win over Vermont … she has now recorded a shutout in four of the Seawolves last five games … Freshman Meghan Gilley scored the game-winner in the 22nd minute against the Catamounts … Gilley has a team-high five goals on the season … Sa’sha Kershaw added her third goal of the season just 48 seconds into the second half ... the 4-0-1 start in the America East play matches the Seawolves best ever five-game start in conference play … a victory against Boston University on Thursday would give Stony Brook its best start in America East play since joining the America East in 2001.

Vermont (1-9-3, 1-2-2 America East) dropped a 4-0 decision at Boston U and a 2-0 versus Stony Brook this week.  Senior goalkeeper Eliza Bradley (Charlotte, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) became the all-time leader in minutes played in the match against Stony Brook. Bradley, who has played all but seven minutes in net this season for Vermont, has a career total to 5,816 minutes surpassing former standout Jenn Starr’s mark of 5,774 that stood since 1989.  The Catamounts return to action on Thursday (Oct. 15) when they host New Hampshire at 3 p.m. at Centennial Field.  UVM will play three of the final four regular season games on the road.