Mids Head to Bucknell with Eye on League Tournament Berth
Oct. 28, 2011
Navy (11-5-3, 3-2-1 PL) at Bucknell (5-9-1, 3-3-0 PL)
Lewisburg, Pa. | Saturday, October 29 at 11:30 AM
Emmitt Field | Live Stats
SCHEDULE UPDATE: The game has been moved up to a 11:30 AM start in hopes of getting the game in before the snowfall comes.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (11-5-3, 3-2-1 PL) will head to Bucknell (5-9-1, 3-3-0 PL) to play its final regular season game with a berth in the Patriot League postseason tournament on the line. The two teams will meet at Emmitt Field on Saturday. The forecast for the game is calling for temperatures in the 30s and the strong possibility of snow accumulation. Live stats will be available at navysports.com(.)
A win or a draw would give Navy its 14th Patriot League tournament berth. A Bucknell win would allow the Bison to clinch the fourth and final spot in the league tournament. Colgate, Lafayette and Army have already clinched postseason playoff berths, but their seeds have yet to be determined.
Navy is coming off a perfect 3-0-0 week, that including an historic win over Army to claim the N-Star. Navy fell behind 2-0 to the Black Knights in the first half, but rallied with three second-half goals, including the game-winner from freshman forward Morgan Dankanich in the 88th minute. The two-goal comeback is the largest ever for Navy in the Star series. Navy extends its all-time lead over Army to 11-9-2 and is 9-7-2 in Star Games.
Navy also defeated Holy Cross, 3-0, for a 2-0 mark in Patriot League play over the weekend. Navy entered the week in fifth place and three points out of fourth, but the two wins got Navy right back in the swing of things and now the team controls its own destiny heading into its final game of the regular season.
The Mids honored its two seniors, Kate Herren and Amanda Serfass, prior to the Holy Cross contest. The four-year players didn't disappoint in their last home game as Serfass scored in the 69th minute and Herren's defensive play helped the team post its eighth shutout of the season. Herren has been named the Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week three times this season and leads the team with six assists.
Dankanich's heroic performance against Army was bookended with game-winning goals over South Carolina State earlier in the week and the game-winner against Holy Cross on Sunday. Dankanich was deservedly honored as the Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week and the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week with her three-goal week. She currently shares the team lead of four goals with classmate Rachel Hunter and sophomore Ashlynn Soellner.
Hunter was tabbed as the Patriot League BRINE Rookie of the Week, her second such honor of the season. The midfielder scored seven points for the Mids last week. She had two goals in Navy's 5-0 win over South Carolina State and scored Navy's first of three against Army and had the assist on Dankanich's game-winner. Hunter leads Navy this season with 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists).
Sophomore Alexes Lopez-Shaw posted the shutout in Navy's 3-0 win over Holy Cross, her sixth clean sheet of the year. Lopez-Shaw is 11-5-2 on the season with a 0.87 GAA and a .792 save percentage.
The Bison (5-9-1, 3-3-0 PL) shot up the Patriot League standings with a pair of home wins over Lehigh (1-0) and Lafayette (2-1 OT) last weekend to get right back in the mix for a postseason tournament berth after starting league play at 1-3-0.
Junior midfielder Taryn Boucher and junior forward Kayla Lee share the team lead in goals this season with two apiece. Senior forward Megan DeGennaro has team-high six points on one goal and four assists. The Bison have been outscored in 2011, 18-10, and have been shutout eight times.
Junior Sandita McDermott is the current Patriot League BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week and is 4-7-1 on the season with four shutouts and a 1.15 GAA.
Bucknell posted a 5-2-0 mark in Patriot League play in 2010 to earn a co-regular season championship, but fell to Lehigh in the league semifinals, 1-0.
The Mids lead the all-time series with the Bison, 11-8-1 and are 9-7-1 in regular season games. Navy also holds a 7-3-0 mark in games played in Lewisburg. The Bison have won two straight against Navy, including a 1-0 victory in Annapolis in 2010.
Patriot League Standings 1. Colgate 4-0-2 14 2. Lafayette 4-2-0 12 3. Army 3-1-2 11 4. Navy 3-2-1 10 5. Bucknell 3-3-0 9 6. Lehigh 2-3-1 7 7. American 1-4-1 4 8. Holy Cross 0-5-1 1
Should Navy win or draw against Bucknell, the Mids will advance to the 2011 Patriot League tournament, held at the to-be-determined league's regular season champion November 4-6.