This past summer witnessed one of the more memorable runs of success in New England Mutiny history, and for many of the members of the 2013 WPSL East Champions, they continued on that path as they went into their respective fall campaigns. Eight Mutiny stars will feature this weekend as the NCAA Division I & II National Tournaments kick off across the country, while even more were recognized for their efforts by the conference in which their teams competed.
After winning their first Patriot League Championship, Jenna Fisher (20 GP-5 GS, 2g-3a-7pts), McKenzie Hollenbaugh (21 GP-21 GS, 3rd on team in minutes played), Lauren MacLellan(20 GP, 1 assist) and the Boston University women's soccer team (14-3-4) will host an NCAA Tournament game for the second time in program history against Ivy League champion Harvard this Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:00 p.m. The 25th-ranked Terriers are making their 11th overall trip to the NCAA tournament and first since 2011.
BU led the Patriot League with nine All-League honorees after clinching a share of the regular-season title and the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Hollenbaugh received Second Team honors for her play as a central defender on the team's backline. The sophomore led the defensive corps that boasted a 0.37 goals against average. Fisher scored the team's first goal of the season in a 1-0 win over the University of Dayton.
For the 21st consecutive season, the 16th-ranked Notre Dame women's soccer team (11-7-1) earned a NCAA Tournament berth. Morgan Andrews (19 GP-19 GS, 5g-5a-15pts, 2nd on team), Nicole Rodriguez(2 GP) and the Fighting Irish begin their journey towards the program's fourth NCAA title at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 15 when they host Big Ten Conference Tournament runner-up Iowa (15-6-1).
Andrews notched three game-winning goals and garnered three separate honors this fall, including 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year. Morgan also was named an All-ACC Second Team choice and was part of the ACC All-Freshman Team. Her most notable goal of the season came when she headed in the lone goal in Notre Dame's 1-0 win at top-ranked North Carolina on Sept. 15, the program's first regular-season win over a No. 1 team since 1996.
After a three-year hiatus, the St. John's University women's soccer team (11-5-3) is back in the NCAA Tournament. Shelby Halasz(17 GP, 1 assist) and the Red Storm earned the program's second-ever bid and will travel to face University of Central Florida on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. St. John's opened the season 6-0-0: the program's best start since 2004. The team suffered a 2-0 loss to top seed Marquette in the Big East Tournament Semifinals in Milwaukee, WI.
One team hard done by when it came to NCAA Division I Tournament selection was the University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team. With a 12-1-4 overall record (5-1-1 Ivy League) and a RPI of 41, Kerry Scalora(16 GP-16 GS, 6g-3a-15pts, led team in scoring) and her Quakers teammates did not see their team be selected. After an injury-plagued summer for the Mutiny, Kerry rebounded admirably this fall. She & her classmates notched their 19th win in Ivy League play, more than any other class in program history.
Fortunately for Alie Fitzsimmons (19 GP-19 GS, 1g-8a-10pts), Meimi Tomochika(19 GP-10 GS, 2g-2a-6pts) and American International College (15-2-2), they were named the No. 2 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The 9th-ranked Yellow Jackets are in the tournament for the second year in a row and the third time in four years. AIC will host Friday's matchup between the No. 3 seed & ECC Champion Bridgeport Purple Knights and No. 6 seed & CACC Champion Caldwell Cougars, and will play the winner on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Fitzsimmons was once again named the NE-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Fitzsimmons trailed only teammates Sonia Basma and Caroline Boyce in the NE-10 with eight assists and tallied a goal in a regular season 4-0 win at Assumption. Alie was an integral part of a Yellow Jacket defense that only allowed four goals all season and posted 15 shutouts.
Niki Deiter (19 GP-19 GS), Jewel Robinson (17 GP-17 GS, 2g-2a-6pts), Tori Sousa(19 GP-19 GS, 2g-4pts) and Central Connecticut State University (7-12) ended its 2013 season with a 3-1 loss to No. 1 seed Saint Francis University in the Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals. The Blue Devils entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, after finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the NEC. Robinson along with Sousa were tabbed with All-Conference First Team honors while Deiter earned Second Team honors.
Robinson was a three-time All-NEC award winner (2010 2nd Team as a freshman, 2011 1st Team as a sophomore) and helped anchor a CCSU defense that yielded just eight goals in as many NEC matches. Sousa ranked fourth in the conference with 3.00 shots per game. In just over 1,650 minutes between the posts, Deiter tallied a total of 96 saves this season alone and posted one shutout en route to her Second Team honor.
Quad-captain Kylee McIntosh(20 GP-20 GS, 1 assist) and Marist College (8-10-2) fell to Rider University in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Quarterfinals by a 2-1 score. All four captains for the Red Foxes were named to the All-MAAC Second Team including McIntosh, who helped anchor a defense that held opponents to just 25 goals this season.
Alyssa D'Arcy (20 GP-16 GS, 3g-6pts), Becky Landers (20 GP, 1g-2pts) and the University of Massachusetts (7-9-4) took No. 2 seed La Salle University to overtime in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals, but a penalty kick lifted the Explorers past the Minutewomen by a 1-0 score. Unfortunately for Andrea Plucenik, her season with the University of Connecticut Huskies (11-9) lasted only four games as she went down with a season-ending injury. UConn fell in the American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals to the University of South Florida by a 4-1 score.
Rachel Ugolik (18 GP-12 GS, 2g-4pts) and Providence College (6-9-3) defeated Big East foe Villanova by a 1-0 score to end their 2013 season. Ugolik scored her first collegiate goal in the season-opening 3-0 win over the University of Rhode Island. Ellie McDougall(19 GP-19 GS) and Mercyhurst University (9-9-1, DII) saw their season end with a 5-0 loss to No. 7-ranked California University of Pennsylvania in the 1st Round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament. McDougall recorded 10 saves in the loss.
Last but certainly not least . . . three post-collegiate players from the Mutiny had busy fall campaigns themselves. Lauren Reilly and Kacey Richards made the trip overseas to compete