October 24, 2012
BIG EAST WOMEN'S NOTEBOOK
Tournament to begin Thursday
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP – The 10-team Big East women’s soccer championship field has been set and play will begin on Thursday, Oct. 25. Georgetown and Marquette captured the regular-season division titles and No. 1 seeds in the tournament to earn byes to the quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
DePaul plays at Villanova in a first-round matchup, with the winner advancing to play Georgetown. Rutgers is at Connecticut in the other first-round matchup, with the winner moving on to face Marquette.
Notre Dame also earned a share of the National Division regular season crown, but will be the No. 2 seed after Georgetown won a matchup between the teams on Oct. 12. The Irish will host Syracuse in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
USF will host Louisville in the final quarterfinal matchup on Oct. 28. The Bulls and Cardinals played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 30.
CLOSE TO 500 – UConn head coach Len Tsantiris is closing in on career win No. 500. He currently holds a record of 499-170-50 which ranks as the second-highest win total among women’s soccer coaches nationally. Only North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance has more victories.
UCONN TIDBITS – Senior Linda Ruutu connected on a cross from classmate Danielle Dakin with one second remaining in double overtime to give UConn a 3-2 win over Providence on Oct. 20. The Huskies clinched the No. 4 seed in the Big East’s American Division with the win and will host Rutgers in the first round of the Big East Championship on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
DE PAUL DOTS – In the Blue Demons loss to Notre Dame in double-overtime on Oct. 19, women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno made an appearance to support the team. “It’s awesome,” soccer head coach Erin Chastain said. “Coach Bruno is getting ready for his season to start, and there he is on the roof waving that flag in the rain. It shows you that DePaul is all about family and everyone rooting for everyone else.”
DePaul qualified for the Big East Championship as the final at-large team and will travel to Villanova for a first round matchup on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
CARDINALS CHATTER – The Cardinals enter the Big East Championship as the No. 3 seed from the National Division. Louisville opens play at USF in a quarterfinal match on Oct. 28. Junior Charlyn Corral scored one goal in the win over Cincinnati on Oct. 19 to take her season total to eight, good for second on the team. All eight goals have come in Big East action. Corral also added an assist in the win over the Bearcats to take her team-leading total to seven. Junior Angelika Uremovich closed the season as the Cardinals’ goal-scoring leader with nine. Overall, she has 18 career goals at Louisville. On Oct. 20, Uremovich was named the UofL Homecoming Queen during a halftime ceremony of the Cardinals’ football win against USF at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
GEORGETOWN JIG – Georgetown clinched the No. 1 seed in the National Division for the Big East Championship and earned a bye to the quarterfinals. It is the Hoyas first regular season title. The Hoyas will host a Big East Quarterfinal match on Sunday, Oct. 28 at North Kehoe Field against DePaul or Villanova
MARQUETTE MYSTIC – MU won the American Division for the fourth consecutive year. The Golden Eagles will be the No. 1 seed from the American Division and host Rutgers/UConn on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. ET. Marquette’s unbeaten streak stands at 11 games, tops in the Big East. Head coach Markus Roeders and associate head coach Frank Pelaez won their 250th career game together on Oct. 20. Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel allowed just two goals during the conference season.
NOTRE DAME NUGGETS – Sophomore Lauren Bohaboy scored with 4:52 left in the second overtime to lift Notre Dame to a 1-0 victory at DePaul on Oct. 19. The Fighting Irish win, coupled with Georgetown’s loss, gave Notre Dame a share of the Big East National Division title, marking the 14th time the Fighting Irish have earned a regular-season division or overall championship since joining the Big East in 1995. Notre Dame is unbeaten in 10 of its last 11 matches. Notre Dame improved to 8-0-0 all-time against DePaul (4- 0-0 at Wish Field). As the No. 2 seed in the Big East’s National Division ND begins postseason play at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28, when it plays host to Syracuse (No. 3 seed in American Division) in a Big East Championship quarterfinal match at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame earned its first overtime win since Nov. 6, 2009, when it defeated St. John’s, 2-1 in a Big East Championship semifinal at Storrs.
WE ‘R’ IN – This marks the 13th-straight season Rutgers has earned a berth in the Big East Championship. The streak - all under head coach Glenn Crooks - marks the longest active stretch among conference members. The Scarlet Knights will play at UConn in a first-round matchup on Oct. 25. RU has put together a lethal offense over the last four matches, as seven different Scarlet Knights have scored 10 goals. Rutgers is 4-0-1 over their last five matches, shutting out four opponents. Redshirt-junior forward Jonelle Filigno leads the team with 32 points, including 14 goals.
ORANGE SLICES – Syracuse posted nine wins during the regular season, which is its highest win total since the 2003 campaign. The last time the Orange won more than nine games was 2001. Junior Brittany Anghel recorded her fifth shutout of the season and 18th of her career in Syracuse’s win against St. John’s on Oct. 20. She is two shy of the Orange’s career record, which is held by Eliza Bennett-Hattan (2006-09). Senior Alyscha Mottershead leads the team in points (12) and goals (five). The Orange will make their second consecutive appearance in the Big East Championship and play at Notre Dame on Oct. 28. It marks the first time SU has qualified for postseason play in back-to-back seasons since 1999 and 2000.
CAT CLAWS – Villanova notched its biggest win of the season over No. 11 Georgetown on Oct. 19, upsetting the Hoyas 1-0. With the win, the Wildcats host DePaul in a first round match of the Big East Championship on Thursday, October 25. Senior Heidi Sabatura recorded the 28th assist of her career on Emily Damstrom’s gamewinning goal, putting her in a tie for first place at Villanova in career assists. The victory marked the first win over Georgetown for the Villanova senior class and the first for the program since a 1-0 win at Georgetown on September 21, 2007. Prior to the game, the Wildcats last won at home against the Hoyas on September 16th, 2006 (2-0). The contest also marked the first win over the Hoyas in head coach John Byford’s tenure at Villanova. The Wildcats post a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top-25 of the national standings.
Offensive Player of the Week
Charlyn Corral, Louisville, Jr., F
Corral earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling three points in a 1-0-0 week. The junior factored into both scores in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 19. Corral scored the game-tying goal in the 70th minute and assisted on the game-winner. The win clinched the No. 3 seed in the Big East Championship and a double-bye for the Cardinals. Corral has scored five goals in the last five games.
Defensive Player of the Week
Ally Miller, Marquette, Sr., D/M
Miller was tabbed Big East Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles in a 1-0-0 week. Miller anchored a backline that did not allow a shot on goal in a 4-0 win over USF on Oct. 20. The Bulls managed just one shot (wide left in the 24th minute) in the contest. It is the third time Miller has earned the honor this season. Previously she was cited on Aug. 20 and Sept. 3.
Goalkeeper of the Week
Jami Kranich, Villanova, Jr., GK
Kranich earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week honors after totaling five saves in a 1-0-0 week. The junior had four of her five stops, in the second half as Villanova upset No. 12/14 Georgetown on Oct. 19. Kranich anchored the VU defense that kept the nation’s 11th-ranked offense scoreless. It was the team’s first win over Georgetown since Sept. 1, 2007.
Rookie of the Week
Emily Damstrom, Villanova, Fr., M
Damstrom was cited as the Big East Rookie of the Week after she scored the game winner in a 1-0 victory over No. 12/14 Georgetown on Oct. 19. It was just her second goal of the year and only the second goal Georgetown has allowed in league play. The victory also helped Villanova secure a home game in the first round of the Big East Championship.
Lauren Bohaboy, Notre Dame, So., F
Scored the gamewinner in a 1-0 double-overtime victory at DePaul on Oct. 19
Taylor Houck, Villanova, Jr., D
Played a major role in a 1-0 victory over No. 14/12 Georgetown on Oct. 19; responsible for a team save in the 59th minute.
Erin Simon, Syracuse, Fr., F
Notched her third gamewinner of the year in a 3-0 victory over St. John’s on Oct. 20.
Emmy Simpkins, Rutgers, R-Sr., GK
Recorded a shutout with three saves in a 2-0 win over Seton Hall on Oct. 19.
Jennifer Skogerboe, Connecticut, Jr., M
Scored the first two goals in a 3-2 double-overtime win over Providence on Oct. 20.