Trio Earns Final Women's Soccer Weekly Awards of 2009

Release: 10/26/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A trio of players have earned the final America East women's soccer awards for 2009. Boston University's Farrell McClernon (West Chester, Pa./Merion Mercy) and University of Hartford's Breeanna Robinson (East Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Acad.) shared Player of the Week accolades, while Binghamton University's Emily Pape garnered Rookie of the Week accolades following the final week of the regular season.

McClernon tallied two goals and an assist in a pair of Boston U. wins to help the Terriers clinch their third straight America East regular-season crown and seventh this decade. The 2006 Rookie of the Year, McClernon scored the first tally and assisted on another in Wednesday’s 7-0 win over Bryant then added a score in Sunday’s 5-1 over UMBC.

Robinson was the key cog in helping the Hawks snap their six-game winless streak and end the year with two shutout wins. A sophomore forward, Robinson tallied six points on the week, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at Albany Thursday and assisting on two scores in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Vermont.

Pape earned her second top rookie honor in three weeks by scoring the lone goal in Binghamton’s 1-0 win at UNH Sunday. The score, Pape’s fourth in eight conference games this season, gave the Bearcats the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the upcoming America East Championship.

The tournament gets underway with quarterfinal action on Sunday. Go to Championship Central to follow all the action.

Team-By-Team Notebook

Albany (8-9-1, 3-4-1 America East) has registered its highest single-season win total since 1988 and will make its first-ever America East Conference postseason appearance this week … The Great Danes fell to Hartford, 2-0, before dropping a 3-2 decision against Maine … They outshot both opponents in their final matches at Varsity Field … Chelsea DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Ashley Tirabassi (Cambridge, Ontario/Monsignor Doyle) each scored their sixth goal of the season against Maine, erasing a 2-0 halftime deficit, before the game-winning marker was punched in with 15 minutes left in regulation … DeVerna finished the regular season leading all America East freshmen in scoring with six goals and three assists for 15 points … Tirabassi, who broke two of the school’s scoring records this season, has 19 career goals and eight assists for 46 points … Anchored by Casey Marks (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) and Kendra Harrell-Vigil (Avondale, Ariz./Westview), UAlbany’s defense surrenders just 1.22 goals per game … The Division I standard of allowing 2.00 goals per game was set in 2007 … After finishing the year 0-4 at home against America East opponents and posting an unbeaten 3-0-1 ledger away from Varsity Field, the Great Danes should welcome a road test in the conference tournament’s first round when they visit Stony Brook at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 … UAlbany has a three-game winning streak and a 5-1-1 ledger in its past seven road matches, which includes a 2-0 blanking of the Seawolves on Oct. 18.

Binghamton (9-6-1, 6-2-0 America East) finished strong with two wins on the week.  The Bearcats rallied to defeat Vermont 3-1 before edging New Hampshire 1-0 on the road.  The pair of victories lifted the team to a second-place standing and No. 2 seed for the upcoming America East Championship tournament..  With the ensuing first-round bye, Binghamton will advance to the semifinals for the third straight year and fourth in the last five years… The team’s nine wins is the most since the 2005 squad won 10… Binghamton’s 6-2 conference record is its best in eight seasons of America East play… The team will enter the postseason on a conference-best five-game win streak against league opponents… Binghamton is 4-2-3 all-time in the America East tournament (5 years).  The 2004 team won the AE title with back-to-back shutouts over Northeastern (semis) and Maine (final)… Freshman midfielder Emily Pape (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) netted her league-leading third game-winning goal to beat New Hampshire.  Pape has four goals in eight conference games, which ranks third in the league… In the win over Vermont, freshman forward Jamie Holliday (Apalachin, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) tallied her fourth goal of the season in the 69th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock. It was Holliday’s second game-winner of the season… Senior starting keeper Jen McEachron (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls) and junior Erin Iman (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) shared the shutout against New Hampshire.  It was the duo’s seventh shared shutout of the season.

Boston University (12-5-2, 7-1-0 America East) claimed its third straight America East regular season title with a 5-0 win over UMBC. The Terriers will now host a semifinal match-up on Sunday (Nov. 1) at 1 p.m. vs. the winner of the Stony Brook/Albany first-round contest. In two games last week, Boston U. scored 13 goals from eight different players, and 13 total figured into the scoring. Sophomore Jessica Luscinski (Bedford, N.H./Trinity), senior Farrell McClernon (West Chester, Pa./Merion Mercy), sophomore Brittany Heist (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) and senior Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass./Andover) all tallied multiple goals. On Wednesday, BU took a step out of conference to host Bryant and it came away with a 7-0 triumph over the Bulldogs. The Terriers then followed up with a 5-0 shutout against UMBC in the regular season finale. The Terriers’ defense stood out, holding the Retrievers without a shot to earn the team’s 11th shutout of the season. Boston U. outshot UMBC, 31-0, and forced 16 shots on goal. It also held the 16-1 advantage in corner kicks. McClernon’s five points last week pushed her into eighth among Boston U.’s all-time scoring leaders as she has now totaled 51 in her career, while Pallotta cracked the top 10 on the list with 45. Luscinski’s eight assists sit alone in fourth for a single season, and she is now three away from tying Deidre Enos’ eight-year-old record.

Hartford (6-10-2, 2-5-1 America East) closed out the 2009 season with a pair of shutout victories at Albany and against Vermont on Senior day at Alumni Stadium … Hartford opened the week with a 2-0 win on the road against Albany … sophomore Breeanna Robinson (East Hampstead, NY/Pinkerton Academy) scored both of the Hawks goals, connecting with Mary Beth Hamilton (Columbia, CT/Mercy) and Julianne Oberholtzer (Holland, PA/Council Rock South) for the scores … Robinson scored the game winner in the 35th minute, beating the Great Danes goalkeeper on a breakaway … Hawks keeper Lauren Brodeur (Wilbraham, MA/Wilbraham Monson Academy) faced a total of 26 shots and made a career-high 14 saves en route to her fourth shutout (10th of her career) of the season … Hartford then returned home for the season finale, defeating the Catamoutns 3-0 with three different players scoring for Hartford, Michelle DeSanti (Meriden, CT/Mercy), Laura Guigli (North Stonington, CT/Wheeler) and Hamilton …  DeSanti scored the game winner late in the first half as Brodeur secured her second-straight shutout with seven saves.

Maine (8-5-2, 5-2-1 America East) picked up a pair of wins on the week and extended its winning streak to four games… The Black Bears recorded three shutouts during that streak, before seeing their shutout streak come to an end on Sunday when Albany notched a pair of second-half goals… Maine has eight wins on the season, the most since recording a school-record 14 wins in 2006… Senior standout Laura Martel (Lewiston, Maine) continues her outstanding senior season… Martel has 12 goals and one assists for 25 points… She has scored four of Maine’s eight game-winning goals… Her 12 goals are second most in a single season in Maine history… She trails just Sophie Lecot who scored 17 goals in 1996… Martel ranks tied for third on Maine’s all-time goals list with 24 and fifth on Maine’s all-time scoring list with 51 career points… Rookie keeper Meagan Price-Leibenzeder (Surrey, British Columbia) recorded her sixth shutout of the season with a 4-0 blanking of Stony Brook on Thursday… Maine finished tied for third in the 2009 America East regular season standings… It is the best finish for the Black Bears since finishing third in 2006… Maine will host New Hampshire in an America East quarterfinal game on Thursday afternoon at Alunmi Field in Orono.

UMBC (2-14-1, 1-7-0 America East) dropped its final two games of the season, falling to America East rival New Hampshire, 3-2, on Oct. 22, and at regular-season champ Boston University, 5-0, on Oct. 25… Junior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional) netted a pair of goals against the Wildcats for her second two-goal game of the season… In the eighth minute, junior back Christine Sadowski (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) sent a free kick to Vacarino, who was alone in front of the net, and Vacarino knocked the ball into the net for an early 1-0 lead… Vacarino later tied the game at 2-2 in the 53rd minute, converting a cross from freshman midfielder Katie Gitlin (Owings, Md./Northern)… Vacarino finishes the season as the Retrievers’ leading scorer with 10 points on a team-best four goals and two assists… Her totals are double her previous career numbers from her first two seasons at UMBC… Playing in just her second game of the season, freshman goalie Jaclyn Drummond (Burnaby, British Columbia/Burnaby North) made a career-high six saves in the second half against the Terriers… Sophomore keeper Mo Van Vlerah stopped seven shots in 135 minutes on the week… She finishes the season with 109 saves, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history… Nine different players scored for UMBC this season, the most since 12 Retrievers found the back of the net in 2004… Of UMBC’s 41 goals since 2007, 31 have been scored by underclassmen, including 21 by freshmen… Both of the Retrievers’ game-winners this season were scored by rookies in back Aly Gazarek (Manassas, Va./Freedom/South Florida) and forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron).

New Hampshire (4-13-1, 3-5-0 America East) went 1-1-0 last week, rallying past UMBC, 3-2, on the road Oct. 22, and dropping a 1-0 decision to Binghamton on Senior Day on Oct. 25. …the Wildcats clinched a berth in the America East Championship tournament for the ninth consecutive year – the longest active streak in the conference – with their win at UMBC … the ‘Cats will be seeded sixth and open the tournament Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. when they hit the road to play Maine at Alumni Field … senior Morgan Keefe (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) scored with just 7:29 remaining in regulation to lift UNH past UMBC … the goal marked the second time this year that Keefe, the Wildcats’ leading scorer this season, tied a match or gave her team the lead with a tally in the final eight minutes … against Siena on Sept. 6, Keefe tied the game at two and sent it to overtime with just 1:00 on the clock … classmate Meg Wiley (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) earned an assist on the play for the first point of her collegiate career … freshman Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla./Freedom) sparked the ‘Cats with the second goal of her career in the 28th minute to knot the game at one … senior Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) then netted her second of the year in the 40th minute to give her squad the 2-1 lead … senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) made three saves … she stopped four shots against Binghamton.

Stony Brook (6-9-2, 5-2-1 America East) lost at Maine, 4-0, in their only game of the week … it was the second straight loss for the Seawolves after putting together a six-game unbeaten streak to open conference play … senior goalkeeper Marisa Viola made 11 saves for the Seawolves, which tied her second highest total this season … the game was scoreless at halftime before Maine scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half … freshman Meghan Gilley finished the regular season with a team-high five goals … freshman Sa’sha Kershaw tied with Gilley for the team lead with 10 points as she tallied four goals and two assists … the Seawolves will be the fourth seed in this week’s America East tournament and will host fifth-seeded Albany in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at 7 p.m. … Stony Brook finished 2-1-1 at home during conference play this season … this will be the third straight season that Stony Brook has hosted an America East tournament game … this will be the first ever America East tournament meeting between Stony Brook and Albany … Albany won the only meeting between the teams this season, defeating Stony Brook 2-0 at LaValle Stadium on Oct. 18.

Vermont (1-12-3, 1-4-2 America East) wrapped up the 2009 season with a record of 1-13-3 overall and went 1-5-2 in league play … The Catamounts dropped a 3-0 decision at Dartmouth in a non-conference match and closed out conference play with a 3-1 loss at Binghamton and a 3-0 loss at Hartford … Senior Carson Laderoute (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) finished her career as the first player in program history to lead the team in scoring all four years … Senior Eliza Bradley (Charlotte, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) closed out her career as the all-time leader at Vermont in minutes played and second all-time in career saves.