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Women's Soccer Begins Patriot League Tournament Play Friday

Freshman Rachel Hunter shares the team lead of 10 points

Nov. 3, 2011

Patriot League Semifinals
No. 3 Navy (12-5-3, 4-2-1 PL) vs. No. 2 Lafayette (9-5-2, 4-2-1 PL)
Hamilton, N.Y. | Friday, November 4 at 8:00 PM
Van Doren Field | Live Stats | Live Video: Navy All-Access
Patriot League Championship Central

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (12-5-3) will begin its quest for a Patriot League title with a semifinal match against Lafayette on Friday at 8:00 PM. Top-seeded Colgate is hosting the four-team tournament at Van Doren Field in Hamilton, N.Y. Colgate will play Army in the other semifinal at 5:00 PM and the winners of the semifinal games will meet Sunday at 1:00 PM in Colgate for the championship. Live statistics and live video will be available at

Navy and Lafayette tied for second place in the Patriot League this season with identical 4-2-1 league records, but Lafayette received the No. 2 seed and Navy is No. 3 due to the Leopards' 1-0 win over Navy earlier this season.

Navy enters the weekend with the league's longest unbeaten streak, having not lost in the past five games (4-0-1). Navy had just four points after the first four Patriot League contests (1-2-1), but reeled off three straight wins against Army, Holy Cross and Bucknell to clinch a spot in the postseason tournament.

With their recent surge, the Mids have returned to the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll. Navy is ranked No. 10 and is the only Patriot League team currently ranked in a regional poll. Navy has been ranked for seven weeks this season.

The Mids placed three players on the All-Patriot League team earlier this week. Senior Kate Herren was a first team defender and sophomore Ashlynn Soellner was a first team midfielder. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw was chosen to the second team.



Herren and Lopez-Shaw anchored a Navy defense that posted nine shutouts with a 0.80 goals-against average. Herren also led the team with six assists.

Soellner led Navy with five goals on the season, with four coming in Patriot League play. Soellner shared the team lead of 10 points with freshman Rachel Hunter (4 goals, 2 assists) and freshman Morgan Dankanich also contributed four goals.

Navy's balanced offensive attack saw sophomore Paloma Perez, junior Brittany Fruin, sophomore Sam Newhaller, junior Fallon Puppolo and freshman Caprice Kelty each score three times and Navy outscored its opponents on the year, 32-17.

Young Mids Contributing Right Away
With 22 underclassmen, the 2011 Navy women's soccer roster is the youngest in program history. The 12 members of the freshmen class comprise the fourth largest freshmen class in the country this season and the rest of Navy's roster consists of 10 sophomores, five juniors and two seniors.

The underclassmen have scored 25 of 32 goals this season (78%), seven freshmen have scored at least one point and seven freshman have started at least one game. Freshman Rachel Hunter shares the team-lead of 10 points and freshman Morgan Dankanich is second on the team with four goals.

Navy in the Patriot League Tournament
Navy will be making its 14th Patriot League tournament appearance and second appearance as the No. 3 seed. The squad won the 2007 league championship as the No. 3 seed. Although the Mids missed the 2010 tournament, from 2006-09, Navy made four tournaments, three championship games and won two titles. Navy is 8-5 all-time in the Patriot League semifinals.

Gabarra Climbing Division I Wins List
Veteran head coach Carin Gabarra entered the season with a career record of 230-116-30 (.652), which ranked 24th among active head coaches and 32nd all-time in career wins at the Division I level. After posting 12 wins to date in the 2011 campaign, Gabarra has raised her career win total to 242, which is the now the 29th most all-time.

Season Highlights
* Navy has played in eight overtime games this season, which is tied for the program record. Navy is 4-1-3 in overtime games. The team played in four straight overtime games from Sept. 11 to Sept. 21.
* The team went 2-0-0 to capture the Navy Invitational. Freshman Rachel Hunter was selected as the invitational's most valuable player after scoring in the 95th minute to defeated Davidson, 1-0. Sophomore Sam Newhaller and senior Kate Herren were also selected to the all-tournament team.
* Navy spent seven weeks ranked in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10 and four weeks in the Tournament 64 Rankings.
* Navy earned 11 Patriot League weekly honors, paced by Kate Herren's three defensive player of the week accolades. Freshman Morgan Dankanich was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 25.
* Junior Brittany Fruin was selected to the Patriot League All-Academic Team. Fruin has a 3.46 GPA and is an oceanography (honors) major.
* Navy led the Patriot League in attendance during the regular season, averaging 519 fans. The season-high was 1,433 at the Army-Navy game.
* Navy took a pair of ACC opponents to the wire, falling in double overtime to Miami on a penalty kick and also dropping a 1-0 game to N.C. State, who converted a PK in the 88th minute.
* Kate Herren dished out three assists against American, tying the Navy school record.
* Alexes Lopez-Shaw's seven shutouts are the seventh most in a single season at Navy.
* Ashlynn Soellner ranks seventh at Navy with seven career game-winning goals.
* Navy has came back to win three games this season that it trailed at halftime (The Citadel, American and Army).
* Navy has been outshot just once in its last 16 games. The only team to outshoot Navy in the last 16 games was Bryant, which Navy defeated, 5-2.
* The most represented state on Navy's roster is Washington. Five Mids hail from the state.
* Now in its 19th year as a program, Navy's all-time record is 236-111-33.
* Navy has had games this season postponed due to a hurricane (Maryland) and a snow storm (Bucknell).

Scouting Lafayette
The Leopards (9-5-2, 4-2-1 PL) are making their first appearance in the Patriot League tournament since 2001 and are looking for their first ever tournament win. Sixth-year head coach Mick Statham had a successful season capped off by winning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. The Leopards opened up conference play with four straight wins, but went 0-2-1 down the stretch.

Navy is 1-0 against Lafayette in the Patriot League tournament (2001) and 17-2-1 against the Leopards all-time. Lafayette got the best of Navy earlier this season in Easton, taking a 1-0 win. The Leopards took just two shots on goal in the contest, but Janelle Pierson's chip shot in the 16th minute was all that goalkeeper Lauren Smedley needed.

Smedley was honored with a second straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year accolade after posting eight shutouts and a 0.66 goals-against average. Pierson led the Lafayette offense with four goals and nine points to earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors. Pierson was joined on the second team by defenders Alex Reising and Catherine Galgano.

Navy vs. the Rest of the Field
All four teams finished within two points of each other in a tightly contested bid to host the tournament. Colgate took the top spot with 14 points, Navy and Lafayette each had 13 points and Army's 12 points claimed the No. 4 seed.

Navy is 1-0-1 this season against the rest of the league tournament field. Navy and Colgate battled to a 1-1 tie in Annapolis on Oct. 15 and Navy posted a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Army on Oct. 21, also in Annapolis.

Colgate scored in the 47th minute on a goal from Jillian Kinter, the 2011 PL Offensive Player of the Year. Navy responded in the 84th minute with sophomore midfielder Ashlynn Soellner headed in a goal from Kate Herren's corner kick.

Against Army, Navy fought back from a slow start that saw the Black Knights take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Navy's Rachel Hunter cut the lead in half in the 50th minute and junior Brittany Fruin tied the game in the 74th. Navy kept attacking and eventually scored the game-winner in the 88th minute on freshman Morgan Dankanich's strike from Hunter.

The win over Army extended Navy's all-time lead in the series to 11-9-2 overall and 9-7-2 in Star Games.

With a win...
A win against Lafayette would put Navy in the Patriot League final, against the winner of Colgate-Army. It would be Navy's ninth appearance in the title game and would give Navy a shot at an automatic berth to the Women's College Cup. Navy is 3-5 all-time in Patriot League championship contests.

Navy in the Patriot League Tournament
Year	Seed.	Opponent		Result
1993	Not eligible
1994	Did not qualify
1995	No. 4	@ Bucknell		W 2-0
		vs. Colgate		L 0-6
1996	No. 4	@ Colgate		L 0-3
1997	No. 3	vs. Army		L 0-1
1998	No. 1	vs. Army		W 2-0
		vs. Colgate		L 0-1
1999	No. 2	vs. Army		W 2-1 2OT
		@ Colgate		L 0-2
2000	No. 4	@ Colgate		L 1-2
2001	No. 1 	vs. Lafayette		W 1-0 OT
		vs. Bucknell		L 1-2 OT
2002	No. 2	vs. American		L 1-2 2OT
2003	No. 2	vs. Colgate		W 3-2
		@ American		W 4-1
2004	Did not qualify
2005	Did not qualify
2006	No. 2	vs. Lehigh		W 2-0
		vs. Colgate		W 1-0
2007	No. 3	vs. American		W 2-0
		@ Bucknell		W 1-0
2008	No. 1	vs. Colgate		W 1-0 OT
		vs. Army		L 0-1 2OT
2009	No. 4	@ Colgate		L 0-1 OT
2010	Did not qualify
2011	No. 3	vs. Lafayette

Record vs. Opponent American 2-1 Army 2-2 Bucknell 2-1 Colgate 3-6 Holy Cross -- Lafayette 1-0 Lehigh 1-0

Record by Round Semifinals: 8-5 Finals: 3-5

Record by Seed No. 1 seed: 3-3 No. 2 seed: 5-2 No. 3 seed: 2-1 No. 4 seed: 1-4 Overall Record: 11-10

Navy By the Numbers in 2011
When Navy...  		        	Record
plays at home 	         		8-1-1
plays away from home 	        	4-4-2
plays in Maryland			8-2-2
plays outside of Maryland 		4-3-1
is leading at the half 			6-0-0
is trailing at the half			3-4-0
is tied at the half			3-1-3
scores first                   		8-0-0
opponent scores first	        	4-5-1
takes more shots		  	11-2-3
takes fewer shots			1-2-0
takes equal shots			0-1-0
in one-goal games			8-4-0
scores one goal		        	4-1-1
scores two goals		  	2-0-0
scores three goals			4-0-0
scores 4-plus goals			2-0-0
goes into overtime			4-1-3
plays in August		        	1-2-1
plays in September			6-1-1
plays in October		  	5-2-1
plays in November			---
plays ranked opponents	        	0-1-0
plays a Patriot League opponent  	4-2-1
plays a Patriot League game		4-2-1
plays a Patriot League home game	2-0-1
plays a Patriot League road game 	2-2-0
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