Albany's Bergeron, Binghamton's Cook Take Home Women's Soccer Awards

Release: 09/07/2010
Albany's Shayla Bergeron (top) and Binghamton's Kaitlyn Cook (bottom) combined for three game-winning goals to earn America East weekly honors.
Albany's Shayla Bergeron (top) and Binghamton's Kaitlyn Cook (bottom) combined for three game-winning goals to earn America East weekly honors.
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University at Albany's Shayla Bergeron (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne/Duquesne)and Binghamton University's Kaitlyn Cook (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) are this week's America East women's soccer award winners. Bergeron earned Player of the Week recognition, while Cook took home Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards for the week ending Sept. 6 were announced Tuesday afternoon.

Bergeron played an intricate part in helping Albany record its first three-game win streak in 10 years as a Division I program. The sophomore transfer from Duquesne scored three goals, including a pair of game-winners in victories over Iona, Temple and UMass. After tallying a pair of shots but failing to score against the Gaels Wednesday, Bergeron broke through with two scores in a 3-2 win over the Owls Friday. She capped off her week with a goal midway through the first half in the win over UMass Monday. Through five games, Bergeron leads America East in goals (4) and points (8).

Cook scored her team’s lone goal on the week to help the Bearcats earn their first win of the season. A freshman midfielder, Cook has stepped right into the fray, logging the majority of the minutes at the crucial center midfield position. She scored her second goal of the season, which was the lone score in Binghamton’s 1-0 win over Delaware State Friday. Cook, who tallied a game-high seven shots in that contest, also recorded a game-high three attempts in a narrow 1-0 overtime loss to Delaware Sunday.  Cook’s two goals are tied for fourth among league leaders.

Team Notes
Albany (3-2-0)
won all three of its matches this past week and has registered three consecutive victories for the first time as a Division I program … The Great Danes opened their current four-game homestand with a 1-0 win over Iona before holding off Temple, 3-2, and Massachusetts by a 1-0 decision … Sophomore transfer Shayla Bergeron (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne/Duquesne), who accumulated only one assist and one point in 12 appearances as a freshman at Duquesne, ended the week ranked first in the America East Conference in goals (4) and points (8) … The forward netted three goals, including both game winners, which were set up by sophomore midfielder Maggie DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), against Temple and Massachusetts … Sophomore forward Chelsea DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored the lone goal, which was set up by junior midfielder Chrissy Klepper (River Edge, N.J./River Dell), in the Iona victory ... Both players, along with defender Casey Marks (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland), are tied for second on the team in scoring behind Bergeron with three points apiece ... Sophomore goalkeeper Breanna Maggio (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central), who set Division I single-season records last season by posting an .844 save percentage and an 0.87 goals against average, matched the Division I record for career shutouts (4) in the Iona win … She has made at least five saves in three matches … Freshman goalkeeper Dani Britt (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) made her collegiate debut in the second half against UMass and made four crucial saves, including two from point-blank range in the last eight minutes, to secure the Great Dane win … UAlbany which is off to its best five-game start since upgrading to Division I status in 1999, concludes its four-game homestand when it hosts Syracuse on Friday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. … The Great Danes will be welcoming a Big East Conference opponent to Varsity Field for the first time in program history.

Binghamton (1-3-0) split two 1-0 home games last week, beating Delaware State 1-0, before falling to Delaware 1-0 in overtime... Freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Cook (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) scored the game-winner to beat the Hornets, rushing onto a thru ball and beating the keeper. It was her second goal in four collegiate games ... After surrendering five goals in the team’s opening two games, Binghamton has tightened its defense, allowing one goal in its last 187 minutes of action. But the Bearcats are still searching for their offensive efficiency, having mustered just three goals in four games... Freshman keeper Carrie Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) has stepped into a starting role and owns a 1.48 goals against average with one shutout... Sophomore forward Sarah Furminger (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) and junior defender Keri Iheagwara (White Plains, N.Y./Rye Country) were selected as America East Players of the Game in the two games last week... After playing two away games, followed by two home games, Binghamton returns to the road to face Bucknell and Syracuse this week.

Boston University (2-4-0) continued its tough non-conference schedule last week with No. 6 Boston College (L, 1-0) and Monmouth (L, 2-1), which is receiving votes ... Against cross-town rival BC, Boston U. dropped a hard-fought match on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The two squads battled through 63 scoreless minutes until the Eagles broke through with the game’s lone goal off a corner kick ... Two days later, BU fell, 2-1, to Monmouth (4-0-0) on Monday afternoon at MU’s Kessler Field. The Terriers broke up the Hawks’ 281-minute shutout streak when freshman Emma Clark (York, Maine/York) headed home the team’s lone goal of the game off a header pass from graduate student Lisa Kevorkian (Arcadia, Calif./Monrovia), who had received a long pass from freshman Erin Mullen (Dallas, Texas/Greengill). The Terriers will continue with their four-game road stretch as they head to Charlottesville, Va. for the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic where they will face William and Mary on Friday (Sept. 10) and host Virginia on Sunday (Sept. 12).

Hartford (1-4-0) was shutout in both games of the Hartford Hawks Soccer Weekend, losing 2-0 to La Salle before falling 3-0 to Columbia ... The Hawks have scored five goals on the road this season, against none at home ... Junior goalkeeper Lauren Brodeur (Wilbraham, Mass./Wilbraham Monson Academy) combined for 11 saves on the weekend ... Sophomore Shealagh Begley (West Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic), sophomore Caroline Dixon (Manchester, England/Irlam and Cadishead Community) and junior Alex Uscilla (Westport, Conn./St. Joseph) were named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts ... The Hawks will look to get on the board at home again on Friday, when they host Princeton ... Hartford will then travel to Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday afternoon.

UMBC (1-3-1) went 0-1-1 last week… The Retrievers played host Campbell to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 30 … Freshman forward Amy Savage’s (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) shot was saved, but sophomore forward Sarah Kopytko (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) sent in the rebound in the 87th minute for her first career goal and a 1-0 UMBC lead, but the Camels found the equalizer with just 25 seconds remaining in regulation … Freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/Sir Thomas Aquinas) made nine saves … The Retrievers managed just two shots in a 1-0 loss at George Washington on Sept. 3… Kadet stopped five shots against the Colonials… She leads the America East with 32 saves and 8.0 saves per game… After not playing in the season opener, she has recorded every minute since… UMBC’s five goals this season have been scored by five different players… Senior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional) leads the Retrievers with three points on a goal and an assist … UMBC’s active career scoring leader with seven goals and 18 points, Vacarino has tallied five goals and three assists in her last 12 games dating to Oct. 4, 2009, after registering just two scores and one assist over her first 44 games as a collegian … Junior goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) has tallied 147 career saves, tied for sixth all-time at UMBC… Sophomore forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott city, Md./Mount Hebron) leads the team with nine shots … The Retrievers return home for the first time since the opening game of the season when they host Delaware on Wednesday.

Maine (2-3-0) opened its home slate with a 3-2 overtime win against Sacred Heart (3-2). The Black Bears got goals from three different scorers, including a game-winner by Maddie Hill (Brampton, Ontario/Mayfield Secondary) ... UMaine continues to get balanced scoring and has had six different players score a goal with no one scoring more than two ... Kelsey Wilson leads or is tied for the team lead in goals (2), assists (2) and shots (17). Carolyne Nellis assisted on a pair of goals Sunday and is second on the team with nine shots .... Courtney Harnais and Maddie Hill have also notched two goals each. The Black Bears will have a full week off before facing Rhode Island Sunday.

New Hampshire (2-1-2) went 1-1-0 last week, beating Holy Cross, 3-1, on the road, and suffering a 2-0 defeat at home at the hands of Harvard ... The Wildcats used a three-goal outburst in the second half to upend Holy Cross ... It marked the best start to a season, winning percentage-wise, for the Wildcats (.750) since 1999, and also extended their unbeaten streak to start the season to four, which was the longest since the 1991 campaign ... Sophomore transfer Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) netted her first goal in a Wildcat uniform against Holy Cross with the game winner ... Classmate Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) tallied her team-leading second goal of the season versus Holy Cross, receiving a pass from fellow sophomore Lyndsay Pallotta (Hanover, Mass./Hanover), who recorded her first collegiate point with the assist.

Stony Brook (0-5-0) dropped two matches last week first to Marist, 1-0, on Friday and then to No. 10 Maryland, 2-0, on Sunday ... Freshman goalkeeper Chelsea Morales (Temecula Valley/Temecula, Calif.) made a combined 11 saves in the two games ... Marist scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute ... Morales made a spectacular save on the initial shot before Merrilynn Esteve put in the rebound ... The Seawolves then held Maryland scoreless over the first 40 minutes of Sunday’s game before the Terrapins broke through in the 41st minute ... The game went to halftime with Maryland leading just 1-0 as Morales made three saves in the opening 45 minutes ... the Terrapins then added another goal in the 69th minute ... Maryland was the second ranked opponent that Stony Brook has played this season ... The Seawolves lost to No. 18 Rutgers, 3-0, in the season opener ... Stony Brook will play two road games this week, taking on Sacred Heart on Friday before facing off against Columbia on Sunday.

Vermont (1-2-0) fell 4-0 at Massachusetts on Friday in the lone game of the week for the Catamounts ... Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Leiby (West Chester, Pa./W.C. Bayard Rustin) made her collegiate debut, earning the start in net for UVM ... She finished the game with five stops ... Classmate Haley Marks (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) also earned her first start in the third game of her career ... Vermont returns to action at the Black Knight Classic hosted by Army on Sept. 10 and 12 ... UVM takes on Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 10 and then faces the hosts on Sept. 12.