Roger Williams Ranks First In CCC Women’s Soccer Poll

Roger Williams Ranks First In CCC Women’s Soccer Poll

2017 CCC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll Video

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Roger Williams was selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's soccer preseason favorite as the Hawks earned 94 points in the 2017 CCC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The Hawks snagged five of a possible 10 first place votes in the voting which was conducted by the 10 CCC women's soccer head coaches last week.

After completing its second-consecutive undefeated conference season in 2016 with a 7-0-2 (10-8-2 overall) mark in the CCC, Roger Williams was denied a shot at its third-consecutive conference title when it was upset by No. 8 seed Gordon in the first round. The Fighting Scots would continue all the way to the conference title match.

Endicott, which closed out the 2016 CCC campaign with a 7-2 (13-4-2 overall) record in the conference, followed close behind the Hawks in this year's poll. The Gulls got the five other first place votes and finished one point behind the favorites with 93.

Wentworth, coming off its first-ever conference championship falls into the No. 3 spot on this year's ledger. The Leopards earned a share of the Regular-Season Championship a year ago as they amassed a 7-0-2 CCC (16-4-3 overall) record. In the NCAA Tournament they advanced to the Second Round where they dropped a 1-0 decision to NCAA Quarterfinalist Williams.

The University of New England and Curry completed the top five in the poll gathering 67 and 50 points, respectively.

Salve Regina (47), Gordon (46), Western New England (39), Nichols (17), and Eastern Nazarene (14) rounded out the poll in that order.

The women's soccer season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 1 with seven of the 10 CCC teams participating in non-conference contests. The conference schedule begins on Sept. 16. The top eight teams in the 2017 regular-season conference standings will qualify for the CCC Tournament, which starts with the quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 28 and concludes with the Conference Championship a week later on Nov. 4. The CCC Tournament Champion will earn the conference's automatic qualifier in to the 2017 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

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2017 CCC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

  Team Points (First Place Votes)
1. Roger Williams 94 (5)
2. Endicott  93 (5)
3. Wentworth  83
4. University of New England  67
5. Curry  50
6. Salve Regina  47
7. Gordon 46
8. Western New England 39
9. Nichols      17
10. Eastern Nazarene 14

 

2017 CCC Women's Soccer Previews

1. Roger Williams

For the second straight season, the Roger Williams women's soccer team finished with an unbeaten record in the CCC, going 7-0-2 in conference play. The team finished with ten wins overall on the year and claimed the top seed for the CCC Tournament, though unfortunately the team was upset in the opening round. In postseason recognition, the Hawks had five players recognized and named to the All-CCC team. Though the Hawks lose three-time NSCAA All-New England defensive back Kristen Casey, the team still brings back a slew of returners with championship experience. Among those coming back is 2016 All-CCC Second Team senior midfielder Samantha Woznicki (Bristol, Conn.).

 

  

   Samantha Woznicki, RWU

2. Endicott

Coming off a 13-4-2 overall record and a narrow defeat in the CCC Semifinals, the Gulls will look to make a strong title run this season. The squad is led by 2016 Coach of the Year, Jodi Kenyon, who returns five All-CCC selections this fall.

2016 All-CCC First Team selections Marissa Carlson (Bristol, Conn.) and Sharlotte Pernice (West Springfield, Mass.) hope to continue to build upon their performances from last season. Carlson will anchor the back line for the Gulls, while Pernice will add offensive power from her midfield spot on the pitch as she recorded 10 goals and five assists last year. Endicott will start the season on Saturday, Sept. 2 when they travel to Keene St.

  Sharlotte Pernice, EC

3. Wentworth

The 2016 Wentworth Institute of Technology women's soccer team had a season to remember, capturing the program's first CCC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and earning the program's first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Despite the loss of nine seniors from that team, first-year head coach Meredith Carey expects to welcome back letterwinners, which includes the 2016 CCC Offensive Player of the Year in senior Emily Richard (Fremont, N.H.), the 2016 CCC Rookie of the year in Sidney Brogan (Los Angeles, Calif.) and a two-time All-CCC keeper in Micaela Robinson (Goshen, N.Y.). Richard had a junior season which saw her score 30 points on eight goals and 14 assists, including scoring the lone goal in the Leopards' 1-0 win over Arcadia in the NCAA Tournament. Brogan was tied for second on the team in scoring with 21 points, coming on nine goals and three assists. Senior Ali Leach (Stowe, Vt.) returns after scoring 16 points on six goals and four assists with four of her six goals standing as game-winning markers. Junior Madyson Reno (Simi Valley, Calif.), the 2015 CCC Rookie of the year, scored four goals and assisted on two others for 10 points as a sophomore. Senior defender Heather MacDougall (Exeter, N.H.) will help anchor a defense which yielded just over a half a goal a game while Robinson had an impressive 0.36 goals against average and 10 solo shutouts on the season.

   Emily Richard, WIT

4. University of New England

The University of New England brings back four of last season's starters for first-year head coach Carly Gettler, who will look to extend the program's streak of nine consecutive campaigns with a winning mark in conference play (5-2-2 in 2016). Included in the returning group are the top two assist-leaders from a year ago, in seniors Becca Murphy (Durham, N.H.) and Edie Pallozzi (6 and 5, respectively). Pallozzi and sophomore Katie Beaudoin shared second on the squad in goals (5).

 

 

   Edie PallozziUNE

5. Curry

Curry head coach Jason Tassinari enters for his sixth season on the sidelines for the Colonels. Curry is coming off a 2016 season that saw them finish with an 11-9-2 overall record, their third straight double digit victory campaign, including a trip to the CCC Semifinals and the ECAC Tournament. The Colonels will rely on senior captains Abby Ford (Halifax, Mass.) and Cassandra Grasso (Wilmington, Mass.) to stabilize the back four and provide offense and give an edge to the squad. Sophomore goalkeepers Kristen Buzzotta (Lynnfield, Mass.), Katelyn DeMaio (North Andover, Mass.), and Haley Rice (Lexington, Mass.) will look to take the torch from Morgan Stott, who graduated in 2016. Other returning contributors will be seniors Arianna Viscione (Quincy, Mass.), Samantha McGrath (Carver, Mass.), Amanda Crisfulla (Raynham, Mass.), Korinna Tsonis (Dartmouth, Mass.), Julianna Petrucelli (Milford, Conn.) and junior Shae Breslin (Bridgewater, Mass.). Curry will welcome 11 newcomers to the 2017 roster who will look to help the Colonels build off a successful 2016 campaign.

 

   Abby Ford, CC

6. Salve Regina

Third-year head coach Jane Walsh welcomes two new assistants to her coaching staff – Salve Regina University alum and former head coach Barbara Egan Feld'91 along with Sue Silva. Lea Adams (Sandwich, Mass.) and Courtney Bouchard (Middleton, Mass.) co-captain a squad that features former CCC rookie of the year and two-time All-CCC performer, Abby McMackin (Walpole, Mass.), now a junior. More than any other Seahawk, she shifted constantly from forward to back within games and was able to provide some offense as well. She scored two goals on the year and both were game-winners (Sept. 8 vs. UMass Dartmouth; Oct. 15 vs. Curry) while adding two assists. Returning goalkeepers Morgan McBrier (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Carly Pala (Milford, Conn.) present differing styles in net, and will compete for full-time duties.

 
Courtney Bouchard, SRU

7. Gordon

Gordon brings back most of its starters from last year's team that went 8-10-2 and made it to the championship game of the CCC Tournament. Sophomore Lexi Potter (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) led the team with five goals. Junior Jill Kefalas (Wenham, Mass.) was second in goals with three and had one assist. Senior Kim Bowley (Chelmsford, Mass.) and sophomore Kasey Hayes (North Easton, Mass.) will look to shore up the back line. Sophomore Kali Denty (Marshfield, Mass.) returns in the net and recorded 128 saves along with eight shutouts. The Fighting Scots open the season Sept. 2 at Maine Maritime. They open CCC play on Sept. 16 when they travel to face Roger Williams.

 

 

 
Lexi Potter, GC

8. Western New England

Western New England reached the CCC Tournament last fall in the first season under the direction of Kristin (Thornton) Hensinger '07, a 2015 Downes Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. The Golden Bears will look to take another step forward this season with four of their top five leading scorers from last season returning.

Senior forward Brooke Labrie (Granby, Mass.), a 2016 All-CCC third team honoree, is back to help lead the offense after tying for the team lead with ten points (two goals, four assists) last fall. In 39 career matches, Labrie has totaled 22 points with nine goals and four assists. Senior midfielders Danielle Dixon (Plainville, Conn.) and Christina Delude (Belchertown, Mass.) and senior forward Iman Shehemi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) will also play key roles for the Golden Bears offensively, while junior Erin Grimes (Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Julia Sarnelli (Island Park, N.Y.) will look to anchor the defense.

Western New England opens its season on the road with a pair of matches at the Hartwick College Tournament on Sept. 1-2, before making the short trip to city rival Springfield College on Sept. 6. The Golden Bears kick off their home slate against New Paltz State on Sept. 9, while CCC play gets underway at the University of New England on Sept. 16.

 
Brooke Labrie, WNE

9. Nichols

The Nichols College women's soccer program begins its first season under head coach Karen Gurnon in 2017. Senior Taylor Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) led the CCC in goals last season and will anchor the offense alongside classmate Ashley Cibotti (Norton, Mass.). Senior Lauren MacGray (Norton, Mass.) and sophomore Nicole Gidley (Dartmouth, Mass.) will see time in the midfield while junior Brooke Downey (Middleboro, Mass.) is the No. 1 goalkeeper after finishing second in the conference in saves last season.

 
Taylor Souza, NC

10. Eastern Nazarene

The Eastern Nazarene women's soccer team begins its 20th season of competition Sept. 1 on the road at Lesley. Under first-year head coach George Arroyo, the Lions welcome back 13 from last season's squad. Senior Kelly Couite (West Bridgewater, Mass.) collected a team-high 20 points last fall on nine goals and a pair of assists while Alexis Schmidt (North Smithfield, R.I.) added 11 points on three goals and a team-best five assists. Anastasia Swift (Morrisville, Vt.) returns in goal after appearing in 12 matches last year and recording 82 saves.

  
Kelly Couite, ENC

 

Season previews contributed by each school's sports information department.

 

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