CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Binghamton University's Dani Raske (Riverdale, N.J./Pascack) has been named America East women's soccer Player of the Week after recording a hat trick in the Bearcats lone game of the week. Albany's Kendra Harrell-Vigil (Avondale, Ariz./Westview) earned Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending September 14.
Raske, a sophomore back,
scored all three goals in the Bearcats 3-0 win over Iona on Saturday.
The hat trick, which is the second in America East this season, is the
first in Binghamton’s Division I history. Raske also anchored a defense
that recorded its third straight shutout and has allowed just two goals
in five games this season
Harrell-Vigil, a freshman forward, earned all-tournament honors at the Niagara Falls Classic over the weekend after tallying her first career goal against host Niagara on Friday. Harrell-Vigil has started all eight games for the Great Danes thus far this season.
Albany (2-6-0, 0-0-0 America East) lost all three of its matches this past week ... After taking a 4-0 loss at crosstown-rival Siena on Sept. 9, the Great Danes were defeated by Niagara, 4-2 on Sept. 12 and Drexel by a score of 4-1 on Sept. 14 at the Niagara Falls Classic ... Junior Ashley Tirabassi (Cambridge, Ontario/Monsignor Doyle) and Kendra Harrell-Vigil (Avondale, Ariz./Westview) were named to the all-tournament team ... Sophomore Teresa Boring (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) and Tirabassi each found the back of the net for the 11th time in their careers at the Niagara Falls Classic ... Both players stand in a four-way tie for fifth on the program’s all-time goal scoring list with Amy Preece and Kerry Young ... Tirabassi leads the America East Conference in scoring with nine points on four goals and one assist ... The Great Danes will play three matches at Varsity Field this week ... The squad faces Massachusetts on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. and then hosts the Governor’s Cup over the weekend ... UAlbany will play Army on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. and Sacred Heart in the second round at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 ... Siena will also compete in the tournament.
Binghamton (4-1-0, 0-0-0 America East) extended its win streak and shutout streak to three with a convincing 3-0 victory over Iona on Thursday. The victory, Binghamton’s fourth in five games, gives the team its best start to a season since the ‘05 team began 4-1-1. The Bearcats have already exceeded their win total from the entire ‘07 season and still haven’t been scored on in the first half this fall... Sophomore defender Dani Raske (Riverdale, N.J./Pascack) recorded a hat trick with goals in the 25th minute, 38th minute and 48th minute. They were her first collegiate goals. In addition, Raske anchored a back line that posted the team’s third shutout in a row... Junior midfielder Amanda Casares (Rahway, N.J./Rahway) notched two assists to bump her season total to four... Junior keeper Jen McEachron (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls) was called on to make just one save and saw her goals against average dip to 0.39... Binghamton has three more non-conference games before hosting New Hampshire in the America East opener on Sept. 28.
Boston University (4-3-0, 0-0-0 America East), which was receiving votes in last week’s NSCAA national poll, improved to 4-3 overall on the season with two wins last week to extend its winning streak to three games... The Terriers opened the week with a 1-0 triumph over the Big Ten’s Wisconsin, as junior Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass./Andover) netted the game’s lone goal and sophomore Jamie Reilly (Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) made six saves in net to earn the shutout... BU followed it up with a 1-0 victory against cross-town rival Northeastern with sophomore Lina Cords (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) providing the heroics with a goal in the 59th minute... Reilly earned her fourth shutout of the season with three saves – including a crucial diving stop with five minutes remaining... Reilly has now played 271:06 minutes of scoreless action... BU will take part in the Minnesota Gold Classic, where it will face Milwaukee on Friday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m. and Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m.
Hartford (2-3-2 overall) endured a 2-1 setback to Providence College in its only action of the week. The Hawks led the Friars 1-0 late in the game but gave up two goals in the final five minutes, the game-winning tally coming with only 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Senior Kacey Busque (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) scored her first goal of the season in the defeat... Hartford will enjoy a 10-day layoff before hosting Colgate University on Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m.
Maine (2-0-4, 0-0-0 America East) remained undefeated with a tie against Bryant...Senior captain Christine LaBelle (Nepean, Ontario) had the game-tying goal...LaBelle had a great finish as she semi-scissor kicked the ball past the Bryant keeper from the top of the box...LaBelle received a great low cross about two feet off the ground from Veronique Fleury (Montreal, Quebec/College Saint Sacrement)...It is the second consecutive game Fleury has factored in the game-deciding goal, having scored the game –winning goal in overtime against Iona last week...The Black Bears had one goal called back for offsides...Maine keeper Jasmine Phillips (Nepean, Ontario/Merivale) made four saves...Maine played all five of its newcomers in the game...Maine has now played in five consecutive overtime games...The last time Maine was undefeated six games into the season was the 2006 season when the Black Bears went 8-0-1 en route to winning 14 games and advanced to the America East championship game...The Black Bears return to action on Thursday when they battle Dartmouth at 3 p.m. in Orono and play at Cornell on Sunday at 1 p.m.
UMBC (1-5-0, 0-0-0 America East) dropped two home games last week, falling to Richmond, 2-0, on Sept. 12, and to North Carolina State, 2-1, on Sept. 14... Freshman goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Boyds, Md./Northwest) recorded a career-high eight saves against the Spiders... Sophomore midfielder Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, Del./St. Thomas Moore Prep) scored her second goal of the season in the 65th minute against the Wolfpack... Warrington has scored both of UMBC’s goals in 2008... Junior midfielder JoAnne Jackson (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) was credited with the assist, the first helper by a Retriever this season... Senior goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) registered a career-high 11 saves in the game... After getting out-shot by N.C. State, 11-3, before halftime, UMBC turned up the pressure in the second half and finished with a season-high 11 shots... The Retrievers conclude their home stand on Wednesday, Sept. 17, when they host Drexel... UMBC then hits the road to face Elon on Friday, Sept. 19.
New Hampshire (1-5-1, 0-0-0 America East) went 0-2-0 last week, getting shut out at home by Harvard, 1-0, and falling on the road to Northeastern, 3-1 ... senior forward Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) scored her second goal of the year to cut UNH’s deficit against Northeastern to one in the 61st minute ... junior forward Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) assisted on the goal, marking the second time this season the duo have hooked up for a tally ... Kaplan’s third assist of the season ties her for the team-lead in points with Hourihan (5) ... senior goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass./Milton) tied her career high by making 10 saves in the match ... Golding has set or tied her career high in saves in all three of her starts this season ... junior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) tied her career high with eight saves against Harvard ... the Wildcats return to action Friday, Sep. 19 at 4 p.m. when they play host to Pac-10 foe Oregon State at Lewis Fields.
Stony Brook (3-3-0, 0-0-0 America East) lost to #13 Boston College, 5-0, on Friday ... Junior goalkeeper Marisa Viola made seven saves ... Viola stopped a penalty kick in the opening minutes of the game ... The contest against BC was just the Seawolves second against an ACC opponent ... SBU has not tied a game this season through six games after tying five contests last season ... The Seawolves entered last week ranked 13th in the Northeast Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine ... Stony Brook will take on Bryant on Tuesday for the first time in school history ... Tuesday’s game will start a stretch in which Stony Brook will play three out of four games at home ... SBU will face off against Hofstra on Thursday for the first time since Oct. 14, 2003 when the Pride defeated the Seawolves, 1-0 ... Stony Brook will take on Columbia on Sunday after the teams played to a scoreless tie last year ... Columbia will visit Stony Brook for the first time since 2001 when SBU defeated the Lions, 2-1.
Vermont (1-6-0, 0-0-0 America East) dropped both games on the week, falling 3-1 at home to Siena and 2-1 on the road at Temple ... Sophomore midfielder Sasha Morey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) scored the lone goal for the Catamounts against Siena, it was the first of the season for her ... At Temple, senior Erin Pichiotino (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) scored her first career goal after being moved to the forward line ... Vermont travels to Rhode Island on Wednesday (Sept. 17) and hosts Colgate on Friday (Sept. 19).