Boston University's women's soccer team won its fourth straight America East title and earned its sixth straight NCAA tournament berth Saturday.
Boston U. Wins Fourth Straight Women's Soccer Title
BOSTON - Jessica Luscinski scored twice and Lisa Kevorkian added a goal and two assists to lead top-seeded Boston University to its fourth straight America East Women's Soccer Championship with a 4-0 win over sixth-seeded Maine on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Freshman Kylie Strom added the other goal for the Terriers, who earned their sixth straight NCAA appearance and will learn their draw on Monday at approximately 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Luscinski, the America East Striker of the Year, tallied three goals and an assist in the tournament to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. Teammates Katherine Donnelly, Shauna Kelleher and Kylie Strom joined Luscinski on the All-Championship team.
The two teams played scoreless soccer for the first 18 minutes, but Luscinski got Boston U. (16-5-0) on the board in the 19th minute. After Kevorkian's intial shot was stopped by Maine keeper Meagan Price-Leibenzeder, Luscinski pounded home the rebound to give her team a 1-0 advantage.
Maine (9-9-0), which was the first No. 6 seed to reach the championship game, had its best scoring chance come just minutes after Luscinski's goal. Sophomore Maddie Hill struck the ball from 25 yards out, but Terrier goalkeeper Kelly King, the America East Rookie of the Year, was just able to tip the ball over the crossbar.
Kevorkian added a goal of her own just minutes later. Senior Corie Halasz sent in a cross, which was bobbled by Price-Leibenzeder, and Kevorkian was there to finish it off at the 27 minute mark and give her team a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
Strom pushed Boston U.'s advantage to 3-0 just 1:54 into the second half as she headed in a feed from Kevorkian. Luscinski sealed the outcome with her second goal of the day as she one-timed home a cross from Strom, the league leader in assists, in the 77th minute.
The win pushed Boston University's shutout streak to 13 games, which is tied for the second-longest in NCAA history. The Terriers also set a single-season program record by pushing their season goal total to 49.
The rest of the All-Championship squad consisted of Maine's Hanna Breton, Kaitlyn MacIssac and Kelsey Wilson, Albany's Rebecca Lee and Casey Marks, Stony Brook's Debbie Aller and Julianne Palm, Hartford's Michele DeSanti and New Hampshire's Monique Lamotte.
Katherine Donnelly, Boston U.
Shauna Kelleher, Boston U.
Jessica Luscinski, Boston U. (Most Outstanding Player)
Kylie Strom, Boston U.
Hanna Breton, Maine
Kaitlyn MacIssac, Maine
Kelsey Wilson, Maine
Rebecca Lee, Albany
Casey Marks, Albany
Debbie Aller, Stony Brook
Julianne Palm, Stony Brook
Michele DeSanti, Hartford
Monique Lamotte, New Hampshire
2010 America East Women's Soccer Championship