Updated: September 26, 2011 2:09 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A pair of players that led their respective teams to wins on the opening weekend of women's soccer conference play have earned America East weekly honors for the weekend ending Sept. 25. University of Hartford's Mary Beth Hamilton (Columbia, Conn./Mercy) earned Player of the Week honors after leading Hartford to its eighth win in 10 games, while Binghamton's Connie Gormley (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) led her team to a win at Maine to earn Rookie of the Week accolades.
Hamilton tallied four points in a pair of games last week and led Hartford to a tie against Fairfield and a win against UMBC in its conference opener. The unbeaten week extended the Hawks season-opening unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2), which is their best-ever start in program history. Against the Stags Tuesday, Hamilton set up teammate Arielle Aikens for the Hawks’ lone score in a 1-1 tie. She then scored Hartford’s first goal, which proved to be the game winner, in the 16th minute of Sunday’s 3-0 victory at UMBC. The senior forward/midfielder is tied for the league lead with four assists and is tied for third with 10 points.
Gormley scored a goal in Binghamton’s 3-0 win at Maine Sunday and anchored a back line that registered its fourth shutout of the season. The freshman back scored on a free kick in the 70th minute to give the Bearcats a 3-0 lead. She also helped hold Maine to just seven shots, including four on net. Gormley, who also earned Rookie of the Week honors on August 22, has scored twice this season and also led a defense that ranks second in America East in goals allowed (0.56 per game) and team goals-against average (0.54).
Boston University and Vermont also got off to 1-0 starts in America East play. The Terriers knocked off Albany, 2-0, behind goals from Kylie Strom and Taylor Krebs while Vermont shut out Stony Brook, 1-0, on Ellie Mills' score in the 55th minute. It was Vermont's first win in a conference opener since 2006
Albany (2-7-0, 0-1-0 AE ) have now lost five straight after dropping a non-conference tilt with Manhattan, 3-1, on Wednesday, and falling to Boston U., 2-0, in the league opener on Sunday... Junior Chelsea DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) UAlbany tallied the equalizer against the Jaspers in the 19th minute, squeaking a shot inside the top right corner of the goal... DeVerna led all players with eight shots in the two games... Goalkeeper Dani Britt (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) played two complete games in the net for the Great Danes, making 14 saves... Maggie DeVerna (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) got off six shots for UAlbany... The Great Danes outshot their opponents, 33-31, but could not connect with the back of the net... Albany will return to action on Thursday, visiting New Hampshire for an America East match, before hosting Bryant in the final non-conference tilt of the season on Sunday.
After losing four of its previous five games, Binghamton (4-5-0, 1-0-0 AE) took advantage of the fresh start and powered past host Maine 3-0 in the team's conference opener Sunday in Orono. The Bearcats stretched a 1-0 lead with two goals in a 2:12 span midway through the second half to pull away. It was the team's fourth shutout of the season. Binghamton hasn't allowed more than one goal in all nine games in 2011... Senior midfielder Taylor Kucharski (Maine, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) tallied a goal and an assist to pace the offense. The goal, Binghamton's second of the game, was Kucharski's first collegiate score ... The three-goal margin of victory was the program's largest since a 3-0 win over UMBC during the 2006 season ... The win pushed Binghamton's unbeaten streak against Maine to four games. The Bearcats are 7-3-2 all-time against the Black Bears, who were picked to finish third in the Coaches' Preseason Poll (Binghamton was picked seventh).
Boston University (8-2-1, 1-0-0 AE) kicked its conference schedule off with a 2-0 victory over Albany on Sunday afternoon ... Sophomore Kylie Strom (Endicott, N.Y./Union Endicott) scored the game-winning goal in the 20th minute, as her corner kick bent into the six-yard box, ricocheting off a defender and into the back of the net ... It was her league-leading fifth goal of the season ... Freshman Taylor Krebs (Dove Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) added some insurance in the 35th minute with her fourth goal of the season ... Sophomore Kelly King (Solon, Ohio/Laurel) made four saves in net for her third shutout of the season ... BU returns to Nickerson Field on Thursday, Sept. 29, when it welcomes Vermont at 7 p.m. ... Thursday's game will also be Faculty & Staff Night, where the team's nine seniors will recognize faculty members in a pregame ceremony.
Through a challenge of two games last week, Hartford (8-0-2, 1-0-0 AE) remained unbeaten in 2011, while opening up conference play with a 3-0 shutout of the UMBC Retrievers to improve to 1-0-0 in league play ... leading the way throughout the week was a true Hawks veteran and an underclassmen who each finished with four points ... sophomore Arielle Aikens' (Wantage, N.J./Blair Academy) four points came on a pair of goals, while fifth-year student Mary Beth Hamilton (Columbia, Conn./Mercy) provided a goal and two assists ... junior Amelia Pereira (Madeira Island Portugal/Escola da APEL) also added a goal, while her classmates Caitlin Alves (Ludlow, Mass./The Williston Northampton School) and Jessica Murphy (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon/Cyrpus College) each got into the action with assists - Alves with two and Murphy with one ... Hamilton's performance of a game-winning goal and an assist against UMBC earned her Player of the Game honors against the Retrievers ... sophomore keeper Erin Quinlan (Saugus, Mass./The Governors Acad./Syracuse) provided another strong week between the pipes allowing a single goal against Fairfield and recording a total of 15 saves over the two games ... for the season, Quinlan's success is reaching national levels as prior to this week she was third in the nation in save percentage (.968) and fourth in the country in goals-against average (.128) ... this week the Hawks will continue conference play with a pair of games, the first on the road at Binghamton (Thursday 7:00 PM) and the hosting New Hampshire for the conference home opener on Sunday (2 p.m.).
Maine (3-4-1, 0-1-0 AE) dropped a 0-3 decision to Binghamton in its lone game of the week ... It was the first home loss for the Black Bears this season... Maine has allowed 10 goals on the season and seven of those goals have come in two games, a 4-3 loss to Sacred Heart and an 3-0 loss to Binghamton... Senior Courtney Harnais (Braintree, Mass.) played in her 50th career game on Sunday against Binghamton... Maine returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 2 when they host Boston University at 12 p.m. ... The game will be a rematch of the 2011 America East Championship game.
UMBC (0-9-1, 0-1-0 AE) snapped its season-opening eight-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 0-0 draw with Navy, which was ranked 10th in the Mid-Atlantic region … Sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded seven saves in her second career shutout… It was UMBC’s first clean slate since a 2-0 win over Vermont on Oct. 2, 2010 … The Retrievers the lost to Hartford, 3-0, on Sunday in their America East opener… Kadet matched her career high with 11 saves, including eight in the first half… She now has 157 saves in her career, moving into eight place all-time at UMBC, just two behind senior Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest), who is seventh with 159 … Sophomore midfielder Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) leads the Retrievers with five points this season, one shy of her career high … She is tied with junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) for the team lead with two goals, while McKee has taken a team-high 26 shots… UMBC visits America East rival Stony Brook on Thursday before hosting conference foe Vermont on Sunday.
New Hampshire (2-7-1, 0-0-0 AE) finished its most recent week of action with a record of 1-1 ... In UNH's most recent outing, the Wildcats fell to Harvard University, 4-1, at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Sept. 25) ... Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) scored UNH's lone goal against Harvard (Sept. 25) in the 53rd minute of play ... Ledwith connected with a pass from Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) in the box, firing a shot that found its way into the back of the net from 10 yards out ... Harvard held the advantage in shots (22-10) and corner kicks (8-1) in the contest ... In their previous outing the 'Cats picked up a 2-0 victory over the College of the Holy Cross at Bremner Field (Sept. 21) ... Juniors Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) each tallied a goal in the win ... Kelsi O'Neil (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass./Canton) both earned assists in the contest ... The Wildcat defense held up to their end of the bargain, limiting the visitors to just three shots in the half, none of which were on goal ... New Hampshire finished the contest with a 17-9 shot advantage, outshooting Holy Cross 8-3 in the second stanza ... Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) picked up the win in net for the 'Cats, earning her second shutout in as many games, finishing the contest with two saves ... She has registered three shutouts this season, one shy of her career high ... the Wildcats are back in action when they kick off their conference slate Thursday, Sept. 29 against Albany (3:30 p.m.) at Lewis Fields.
Stony Brook (2-8-0, 0-1-0 AE) lost its America East opener on Sunday at Vermont by a 1-0 score ... sophomore Chelsea Morales (Temecula, Calif./Temecula) made eight saves, including six in the second half ... Morales made a brilliant save on a breakaway with five minutes remaining to keep the Seawolves in the game, before turning aside two point-blank shots in quick succession in the final minute ... junior Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del./Padua Academy) led the Seawolves with two shot attempts ... prior to Sunday, the Seawolves had not lost (or conceded a goal) to Vermont since 2006 ... Stony Brook has now been held without a goal in six of 10 games this season ... the Seawolves will look to right the ship on Thursday when they welcome UMBC to LaValle Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff ... the team will also head to Vestal, N.Y. to face Binghamton on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Vermont (3-5-3, 1-0-0 AE) closed out a six-game road swing with a pair of overtime games, falling to Siena on a penalty kick in the extra time and playing to a 1-1 draw at Holy Cross ... The Catamounts returned to Centennial Field for the first time in 23 days and picked up a 1-0 victory over Stony Brook in the conference opener ... Sophomore Ellie Mills (Arlington, Va. / Washington-Lee) scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute ... UVM won its league opener for the first time since 2006 ... The Seawolves entered the match having won eight out of the last nine meetings, including four straight ... The Catamounts travel to Boston U (Sept. 29) and are at UMBC on Sunday (Oct. 2) this week.