Updated: August 22, 2011 4:08 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Boston University and Binghamton posted wins on women's soccer opening weekend and contributors to those victories are the first America East weekly award winners of the 2011-12 season, which were announced Monday afternoon. Senior forward Jessica Luscinski (Bedford, Mass./Trinity) scored twice in as many games for the Terriers last week to earn Player of the Week honors, while Connie Gormley (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) anchored a Bearcat back line that allowed just one goal in two games to gain Rookie of the Week accolades.
Luscinski, the league’s reigning Striker of the Year, found the back of the net off a free kick from 25 yards out in the 25th minute of the Terriers’ 1-1 tie against #4 Boston College on Friday. She scored again off a free kick in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Northeastern, this time from 20 yards out in the 63rd minute. Luscinski, who registered 11 shots in the two games, moved into seventh place on her program’s all-time scoring list with 60 points.
Gormley, a freshman back, Gormley started both games for the Bearcats last week, a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Buffalo on Friday and a 1-0 win over Delaware State on Sunday. She played all 193:47 of action and helped Binghamton hold opponents to just six shots over that span.
Three other America East teams started play last week. Hartford began its season with a 1-1 tie at Old Dominion while Vermont fell at COlgate and UMBC dropped contests to American and Campbell.
Four East teams open their seasons this week, starting with Stony Brook hosting Iona on Monday at 7 p.m. New Hampshire begins play at home Tuesday against UMass, while Albany and Maine open Friday.
Albany (0-0-0) opens its season against Sacred Heart on Friday ... The Great Danes hope to build off a season in which they had the program’s highest win total since 1988 ... The Great Danes bring back 21 letterwinners from that squad, including five all-conference players highlighted by first-teamer Rebecca Lee, a senior midfielder ... Second-team selections Shayla Bergeron, a senior midfielder who ranked third among conference leaders with nine goals, and Chelsea DeVerna, a junior midfielder who finished with six points, will be asked to carry the offense again ... Defensively, the Great Danes recorded the second-highest number of shutouts in the league with nine.
Binghamton (1-1-0) split its opening two games of the 2011 campaign ... The Bearcats fell to visiting Buffalo 1-0 on a late goal in the second overtime before using a first-half tally to beat host Delaware State 1-0 two days later ... Against Buffalo, Binghamton held a 12-6 shots advantage and controlled much of the play before surrendering the game's lone goal on a 21-yard free kick ... Senior defender Jennifer Abbate (Northport, N.Y./Northport) was named the team's America East Player of the Game for her steady work on the back line ... Two days later in Dover, Binghamton held a wide 17-0 cushion in shots and scored the game-winner in the first half ... Senior midfielder Mary DeWitte (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) took a cross from junior forward Candice Rowland (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) and found the back of the net in the 33rd minute ... Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) registered the shutout without having to make a save ... The Bearcats host St. Joseph's on Friday night before heading to Olean to face St. Bonaventure Sunday afternoon.
Boston University (1-0-1) got its season off on the right foot as it opened with a 1-1 draw at No. 4 Boston College and followed up with a 2-0 victory over Northeastern in the home opener ... Senior Jessica Luscinski (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) set the tone for the offense with two goals in two games. Both goals were off free kicks ... Senior Alice Binns (Dorchester, Mass./Beaver Country Day) also had a standout opening weekend as she finished the final 70 minutes at BC and earned the shutout vs. Northeastern. She was forced to make a handful of highlight-reel saves in both contests ... The Terriers return to action on Friday (Aug. 26) when they hosts Illinois State at Nickerson Field at 7 p.m.
Hartford (0-0-1) began its season with a 1-1 tie at Old Dominion Friday night ... Sophomore Arielle Aikens (Wantage, N.J,/Blair Academy) tallied the Hawks' goal off a feed from junior Amelia Pereira (Madeira Island, Portugal/Escola da APEL), a first-team all-conference selection last year, in the 76th minute. Periera provided a long pass form the right side of goal with Aikens beating the keeper with her shot to the left side of the net ... Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Quinlan (Saugus, Mass./The Governors Academy/Syracuse), who was making her Hartford debut after transferring from Syracuse, stopped seven shots ... The Hawks return to action on Thursday when they travel to Holy Cross for a 7 p.m.contest.
Maine (0-0-0) kicks off its season on Friday, August 26 when it hosts Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. ... The Black Bears will then host Fairleigh Dickinson in a game at Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. ... Maine returns 12 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2010 team which competed in the America East Championship game ... Stephanie Frenette-Blais (Quebec, Quebec) and Meagan Price-Leibenzeder (Surrey, British Columbia) will serve as captains for the 2011 squad ... Maine's top returning scorer is Carolyne Nellis (Quebec, Quebec) who scored four goals and added two assists last season for 10 points ... Also returning are Courtney Harnais (Braintree, Mass.) who had three goals a year ago and Maddie Hill (Brampton, Ontario) who finished with two goals and an assist for five points ... Lisa Bijman (Brantford, Ontario), a back who was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, added a pair of goals.
UMBC (0-2-0) dropped a pair of games on opening weekend … The Retrievers fell at American, 2-1, in the season opener on Friday … Junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) scored UMBC’s first goal of the season in the 82nd minute… Sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) was credited with the assist … Sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded nine saves… UMBC fell to Campbell, 2-0, in its home opener, which was delayed four hours and 30 minutes due to severe thunderstorms… Kadet stopped four shots in the loss … McKee leads the Retrievers with four shots on the season… UMBC returns seven starters from the 2010 squad which posted a 2-14-1 mark … Savage is the team’s top returning scorer with two goals and six points … Kadet led the America East with 6.75 saves per game a year ago … She and Savage were each named to the America East All-Rookie team … The Retrievers visit Temple on Friday before returning to Retriever Soccer Park to host Texas State on Sunday.
New Hampshire (0-0-0) will begin its season Tuesday by hosting UMass at 4 p.m. ... The Wildcats reached the conference tournament for a record 10th straight year in 2011 but is still in search of its first-ever league title ... UNH will bring back five of its top six scorers from a year ago, including second-team all-conference selections Chelsea Kuss, who ranked fourth among league leaders with six assists, and second-team all-conference standout Monique Lamotte ... Senior back Kelly Mooney, a first-team honoree last year, will lead the Wildcat defense along with sophomore Erica Correa, an all-rookie selection last year.
Stony Brook (0-0-0) will open the 2011 season on Monday against Iona at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m. ... the Seawolves' scheduled season opener on Aug. 19 at Siena was cancelled due to lightning around Loudonville, N.Y. ... In addition to the Iona match, the Seawolves will travel to the James Madison Tournament this week, with scheduled games against Delaware (Aug. 26) and the host Dukes (Aug. 28) ... the 2011 season will be Sue Ryan's 27th at the helm of the Seawolves since taking over in 1985 ... Stony Brook has advanced to at least the semifinals of the America East tournament in each of the last four years ... the Seawolves return eight starters and 17 letterwinners in 2011, including the top four scorers from last year...senior Dominique Adamo (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) is the team's leading returning scorer with 17 points ... sophomore Chelsea Morales (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley) also returns in goal after being selected to the America East All-Rookie team in 2010 ... Monday's match against the Gaels will hold added significance for new assistant coach Eric Teepe, who was the head coach at Iona between 2006-10.
Vermont (0-1-0) suffered a 5-1 loss in its season opener at Colgate ... Junior Lily Feldman (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Fox Chapel Area) came off the bench in the 82nd minute and promptly scored off a corner kick from Megan Rozumalski (Middleburgh, N.Y. / Middleburgh) for her first career goal and the first goal of the season for UVM ... First-year head coach Kristi Lefebvre made her head coaching debut against the Raiders ... She is the second youngest DI head women's soccer coach in the country ... Vermont hosts Rhode Island on Tuesday (Aug. 23) at 3 p.m. and American on Sunday (Aug. 28) at 1 p.m.