It was a bit of a slow week for New England’s Division 1 women’s teams, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any excitement among the region’s top programs.
Boston College earned its best win of the season against a Top 10 opponent, and Northeastern showed signs of life with two CAA wins. Meanwhile, Dartmouth and UMass had solid outings to keep their respective winning streaks alive. Lastly, the Hartford Hawks picked up a win over UMass Lowell to show they’re likely the team to beat in America East play.
Read on for NESJ’s Top 10 teams and Players of the Week.
Top 10 Teams
1. Boston College
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 1
Boston College won its first two ACC matches of the year, defeating Syracuse 3-0 before winning a 2-1 contest against No. 7 Florida State. Five different Eagles scored in those games, including Gaby Carreiro (Upton, Mass.), who tallied her third goal of the year. Sophomore forward Sam Coffey had a pair of assists vs. the Orange, and goalkeeper Alexis Bryant stopped six Seminole shots. There seems to be no slowing this team down, though Wake Forest and Clemson will try to do just that this week.
Record: 7-2-1 | Last week: 2
In its first conference game, Providence handled Villanova easily, getting goals from Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) and Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.) in a 2-0 victory. Netminder Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.) earned her fifth shutout of the year. The Friars haven’t lost since Sept. 2 and look to keep it going in upcoming Big East games against Butler and Xavier.
Record: 5-3-1 | Last week: 3
After posting a strong non-conference record, Yale came down to earth, getting blanked 3-0 by Princeton on Saturday. The Bulldogs could only muster five shots on goal, snapping a four-game winning streak. Yale will travel north for an Ivy League matchup with Harvard this coming Saturday.
Record: 4-5-1 | Last week: 4
Brown started off the week strong with a 3-2 overtime win over UMass-Lowell, but then saw its four-game unbeaten streak ended with a 2-0 loss at Dartmouth to begin conference play. Junior Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.), was the star against the River Hawks, scoring twice, including a game-winner 21 seconds into overtime. With Ivy League play now underway, Brown must try to rebound when hosting Columbia this Saturday.
Record: 5-6-1 | Last week: 6
In their first two conference games, the Huskies looked reborn, winning twice in a row for the first time this season. Sophomore Katarina Nilsson scored her first collegiate goal in a 2-1 win over Delaware, then found net in overtime against UNCW for a 1-0 finish. Senior Hannah Rosenblatt (Lincoln, Mass.) added the other goal vs. the Blue Hens. Northeastern hopes to keep it going with games against Towson and James Madison approaching.
Record: 3-4-1 | Last week: 5
The Crimson played once in the past week, drawing 0-o with conference foe Penn and managing just one shot across two overtime periods. Senior Danielle Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made four saves to earn her third shutout of the season. Harvard takes on Yale next.
Record: 5-3-1 | Last week: 8
Dartmouth’s only game of the past week was a 2-0 win over Ivy League foe Brown. Senior Remy Borinsky and sophomore Bonnie Shea did the honors offensively, extending the Big Green winning streak to three. Dartmouth has a tough matchup at Princeton coming Saturday.
Record: 5-2 | Last week: 7
The Minutewomen opened up Atlantic 10 play with wins over Duquesne (2-0) and Rhode Island (1-0), pushing their winning streak to six games. Lauren Bonavita (Hanson, Mass.), Jenny Hipp and Kelly Marra all scored to lead UMass. Senior Peyton Ryan made six saves against the Dukes. One of the more potent offenses in the region, the Minutewomen continue their Atlantic 10 schedule against St. Bonaventure and La Salle.
Record: 8-1-1 | Last week: Unranked
The Hawks haven’t lost since Aug. 23, proving they should mentioned alongside New England’s top teams. Most recently, they defeated UMass-Lowell 4-2, getting a whopping 14 shots on goal. Bridgette Alexander netted her fifth goal of the season in the win, and Skylar Vitiello, Kaila Lozada (Newington, Conn.) and Ashley Claud scored as well. The only mark on the Hawks is strength of schedule.
10. New Hampshire
Record: 5-4-1 | Last week: 9
Junior midfielder Liz Lane’s (Porter, Maine) goal in overtime lifted New Hampshire to a 1-0 win over UMBC on Sunday. New Hampshire didn’t allow a shot on goal in the America East opener for its second straight shutout. The Wildcats next play Thursday when they travel to Maine.
Bubble: Boston University, Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairfield
Offensive Player of the Week
Brown | M | Jr. | Lakeville, Mass.
One of the best midfielders in the region, Carchio scored twice against UMass-Lowell, including the golden goal 21 seconds into overtime to lift Brown to a 3-2 victory. The four points are her new game-high this season.
Defensive Player of the Week
Northeastern | D | Sr. | Sutton, Mass.
The Huskies had a nice bounce-back week, and Goulet played a big part in that. The defender played every minute of Northeastern’s wins over Delaware and UNCW, adding an assist against the Blue Hens. With the veteran leader manning the back line, the Huskies allowed just six shots on goal in the two games.
Rookie of the Week
Lowell | M | Fr. | Monson, Mass.
The River Hawks lost both their games the past week, but Fabian scored in both to earn Rookie of the Week honors. She headed in a pass against Brown, and struck true from 16 yards out vs. Hartford. Recently named one of our Top 20 freshmen in the region, the midfielder has three goals and three assists in her last six games.
Goal of the Week
Boston College | F | Jr. | Trumbull, Conn.
— BC Women's Soccer (@BC_WSOC) September 24, 2018
Bike’s goal in the 74th minute proved to be the game winner against No. 7 Florida State. The forward was in perfect position to receive a long pass from Emily Langenderfer, and Bike didn’t break stride in shooting over the Seminole goalkeeper. It was Bike’s first goal of the year.
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