Trio Takes Home Final Women's Soccer Weekly Awards of 2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The final week of the America East women's soccer regular season resulted in clutch performances worthy of recognition. Binghamton University's Conor O'Brien and University of New Hampshire's Stephanie Gilkenson each scored in their respective teams' final two games to ensure postseason berths and split Player of the Week honors as a result. University of Maine's Christine Dubuc had a seven-point game to earn Rookie of the Week honors. The final weekly awards of the 2011 season were announced Monday afternoon.
O’Brien (Rensselaer, N.Y) picked the perfect time to score her first two collegiate goals as the sophomore found the back of the net in each of Binghamton’s games last week. The Bearcats beat Vermont, 3-0, on Thursday and UMBC, 2-0, on Sunday to claim one of the final two spots in the America East Championship. O'Brien provided a spark off the bench in both games, scoring in 37th minute against the Catamounts and the 41st minute versus the Retrievers. She has seen action in eight of the Bearcats' 16 games this season.
Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) was clutch last week, scoring New Hampshire’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie at UMBC Thursday, then scoring in the Wildcats’ 2-0 win over Maine Sunday which clinched an America East Championship bid. After UMBC took a 1-0 lead Thursday, Gilkenson evened the score in the 61st minute to give UNH a crucial point in the league standings. She then scored in the 20th minute of a must-win game against the Black Bears. Gilkenson is tied for New Hampshire's team lead with eight points on three goals and two assists.
Dubuc (Blainville, Quebec) recorded an America East season-high seven points in the Black Bears’ 6-0 win over Stony Brook Thursday. The freshman forward scored her first three collegiate goals, the most by an America East player since Hartford’s Amelia Pereira did so on Oct. 14, 2010, and added an assist. Dubuc, who has played in 12 games with six starts this season, vaulted up to second on Maine in scoring after the performance.
Binghamton and New Hampshire will be joined by Boston University, Hartford, Albany and Vermont in the America East Championship field. The tournament begins Thursday (Oct. 27) with New Hampshire and Albany hosting quarterfinal contests. UNH, the No. 4 seed, will host No. 5 Binghamton at 1 p.m. while Albany, the No. 3 seed, takes on No. 6 Vermont at 2 p.m. The UNH-Binghamton winner will face No. 1 seed Boston U. in semifinal action on Sunday (Oct. 30) at 1 p.m. while the Albany-Vermont winner will take on No. 2 Hartford at 2 p.m. The 2011 America East women's soccer title will be decided on either Saturday, Nov. 5 or Sunday, Nov. 6 at the highest remaining seed.
Visit America East's Championship Central for a full tournament preview as well as in-game coverage links and recaps throughout the tournament.
Albany (7-9-1, 5-2-1 AE) played to a 1-1 tie with Hartford on Thursday before defeating Stony Brook, 2-1, to close out the regular season on Sunday ... Maggie DeVerna’s (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) goal was the first for UAlbany against Hartford since 2004 ... The goal also ended a six-game shutout streak for the Hawks and was the first goal Hartford’s Erin Quinlan allowed in over 624 minutes of play ... Albany has gone undefeated since Oct. 4, winning four straight games before the tie with Hartford ... Seniors Katie Grant (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia/Auburn Drive) and Chrissy Klepper (River Edge, N.J./River Dell) both scored against Stony Brook in the victory ... Klepper’s tip-in of a free kick by Amy Harrison (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) was the game-winner ... The Great Danes have not lost a game since freshman Jackie Ubert (Amityville, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) took over between the pipe s... Ubert registered eight saves in 200 minutes of play last week, posting a .800 save percentage and a 0.90 goals against average... UAlbany will host Vermont in a quarterfinal match of the America East Championship on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Binghamton (6-9-1, 3-4-1) posted crucial wins in its last two games to jump up into a fourth-place tie and earn a postseason berth. The Bearcats seized the No. 5 seed for the upcoming America East tournament and will travel to Durham to face No. 4 New Hampshire in a Thursday afternoon quarterfinal ... Having struggled to score in its preceding five-game winless streak (2 goals), Binghamton erupted for three against Vermont and netted two more in a shutout over UMBC. It was the first time all season that the Bearcats had scored two or more goals in consecutive games this season ... Sophomore reserve midfielder Conor O’Brien (Rensselaer, N.Y./Columbia) struck for her first two collegiate goals - one in each game and both almost immediately after she entered the game ... Junior forward Candice Rowland (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) scored the first goal (game winner) against Vermont and senior midfielder Mary DeWitte (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) opened the scoring on Senior Day against UMBC ... Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) recorded a pair of shutouts and lowered her goals against average to 0.77. She has six solo shutouts ... Binghamton returns to the postseason for the seventh time in the last eight years - the first time as a No. 5 seed. Three years ago, the Bearcats eliminated UNH 1-0 in the quarterfinals on the road - the last time the teams met in the postseason.
Boston U. (16-2-1, 8-0-0 AE) clinched the America East regular season title with a 3-0 win over Hartford on Sunday as it improved to 8-0-0 in conference play ... The perfect mark in conference play is the Terriers’ third in the last four seasons ... Boston U., which was ranked 16th in the most recent NSCAA national poll, has won 22 straight games against conference foes dating back to 2008 ... The Terriers have won 11 straight games and have posted four straight shutouts. During the 11-game winning streak, the Terriers have allowed just three goals ... Boston U. has allowed just three shots on goal in the last two games ... Boston U. will play the winner of the New Hampshire-Bingamton quarterfinal-round contest in the semifinals on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Nickerson Field, where the Terriers have won 17 straight games.
In its final two regular season games, Hartford (13-1-3, 6-1-1 AE) finished without a victory going 0-1-1 ... After opening the week with a 1-1 stalemate on the road at Albany, the Hawks traveled to Boston University with the regular-season championship on the line and dropped a 3-0 decision to the #16 Terriers ... The Hawks only offense of the week came from junior striker Amelia Pereira (Madeira Island, Portugal/Escola da APEL/Martin Methodist College). Pereira’s goal came in the 82nd minute working with classmate Caitlin Alves (Ludlow, Mass./The Williston Northampton School) for the score. The goal was seventh for Pereira who is now second on the team in goals scored (7) and points (21), while the assist was the fifth of the year for Alves, who ends the regular season leading the team and conference in points (25) and goals scored (10) ... Despite the loss at Boston University, the Hawks enter the 2011 America East Championship as the #2 seed and will take on the winner of #3 Albany vs. #6 Vermont on Sunday at Alumni Field. Kickoff for the Hawks semifinal game will be 2 p.m.
Maine (5-9-1, 2-6-0 AE) split a pair of games on the week... Maine defeated Stony Brook 6-0, before falling at New Hampshire 2-0 to end the season... With the loss at New Hampshire, Maine saw its streak of eight consecutive America East tournament appearances snapped ... Maine’s six goals against Stony Brook was a season-high ... It was the most goals that the Black Bears have scored since tallying seven in a 7-0 win over UMBC on Sept. 27, 2009 ... Christine Dubuc (Blainville, Quebec) scored the first three goals of her Maine career in the game and tallied an assist to finish with seven points ... Carolyne Nellis (Quebec City, Quebec) had a pair of goals and an assist in the game to finish with five points ... Rookie Camille Varin-Tremblay (St.-Hubert, Quebec) tallied three assists in the game ... They were the first three points of her career ... Meagan Price-Leibenzeder (Surrey, British Columbia) recorded her fourth shutout of the season and fifth of her career in the game ... Rookie Jordan Pellerin (Waterville, Maine) led the Black Bears in assists with four on the season.
UMBC (0-13-2, 0-6-2 AE) concluded its season with an 0-13-2 overall record and 0-6-2 mark in America East play… The Retrievers tied New Hampshire, 1-1, at home on Thursday … Junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) gave the Retrievers a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute with her team-best seventh goal of the season… Junior back Sarah Purdum (West Fenwick Island, Del./Indian River) was credited with the assist … It was just the fourth time this year UMBC has had the lead in a game … The Wildcats found the equalizer in the 62nd minute … Sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) made nine saves … The Retrievers dropped a 2-0 decision at Binghamton in the season finale on Sunday… The Bearcats scored both goals in the first half… Kadet stopped four shots in the game … She became the fifth Retriever ever to record 200 career saves (203), and she finished with 95 saves in 2011, the eighth-highest single-season total in school history … McKee’s seven goals and 14 points this season are the most by a Retriever since 2005… She has also taken a team-best 49 shots on the year.
New Hampshire (5-11-2, 3-4-1 AE) finished its most recent week of action 1-0-1, remaining unbeaten for the third straight game ... The Wildcats finished off the week with a 2-0 victory over Maine (Oct. 23), claiming the No. 4 seed in the America East Tournament ... The Wildcats have clinched a spot in the America East Tournament 11 straight seasons ... UNH will host fifth-seeded Binghamton on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. ... Seniors Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I./LaSalle Academy) and Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H./Bryant University) both tallied goals in the first frame to lead the ‘Cats to victory ... Kelsi O’Neil (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas), Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) and Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) all earned assists on the day ... Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) picked up her third shutout of the season in the win, compiling two saves ... New Hampshire posted a 13-5 advantage in shots, including a 6-1 edge in the second frame ... The Wildcats also owned a 3-2 edge in corner kicks ... In the game prior Gilkenson punched in another goal, as UNH battled UMBC (Oct. 20) to a 1-1 draw in double-overtime at UMBC Soccer Stadium ... Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) was credited with an assist on Gilkenson’s tally ... Correa was solid in net for the Wildcats, compiling six saves ... The ‘Cats finished the contest outshooting the Retrievers 19-15, including a 6-1 edge in the second frame ... The Wildcats also owned a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
Stony Brook (4-12-1, 2-5-1 AE) had its season come to an end on Sunday in a 2-1 home loss to Albany ... the Great Danes scored goals in the 61st and 72nd minutes to take a 2-0 lead and held off the Seawolves for the final 18 minutes ... junior Sa’sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) brought the Seawolves back within a goal as she tapped home freshman Christina Casamassina’s (Farmingville, N.Y./Smithtown Christian) cross in the 74th minute ... senior Dana Adamkiewicz (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) nearly tied the game in the 86th minute with a shot that beat the Albany keeper, but it hit the right post ... on Thursday, the Seawolves lost 6-0 in Maine ... the last time Stony Brook suffered a 6-0 defeat was also in Maine back in October 2005 ...the Seawolves finished the season with a 1-6-1 record in road and neutral games.
Vermont (5-9-4, 3-4-1 AE) closed out the regular season with a 3-0 loss at Binghamton, but clinched a spot in the America East Playoffs for the first time in five years ... The Catamounts earned the No. 6 seed and travel to No. 3 Albany for a 2 p.m. match on Oct. 27 ... Albany defeated Vermont 2-1 at Centennial Field earlier this month, it was UVM’s only loss on its home turf this season (5-1-1) ... Vermont owns a 9-3-1 all-time record against the Great Danes, but the two teams have never met in the postseason ... The Catamounts, who are making their sixth appearance in the America East postseason in the program’s history, will be looking for their first-ever win in America East Tournament action.