August 28, 2018

Husson Tabbed to Win 2018 Women's Soccer Title

Husson University claimed the top spot in the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's soccer preseason poll. The Eagles received 63 points, and seven first-place votes.

Maine Maritime Academy garnered the second spot with 55 points and the remaining first place vote. UMaine Farmington ranked third with 47 points, followed by SUNY Canton in forth with 37 points. Rounding out the poll are Thomas College (32), Northern Vermont-Johnson (25),  Northern Vermont-Lyndon (15) and UMaine-Presque Isle (14).

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head women's soccer coaches.

 

 

 

The Eagles are poised to lead the North Atlantic Conference in the first year following changes in conference membership. Colby Sawyer College, Castleton University, New England College and Green Mountain College competed in the NAC for the final time during the 2017-18 year. The conference welcomes new member institutions SUNY Canton and UMaine-Presque Isle for the 2018-19 campaign.

Husson qualified in the number 4 spot during the 2017 championship tournament and beat number 5 Maine Maritime before upsetting top seeded Colby-Sawyer 1-0 in double overtime in the semifinals. Second-seeded Castleton eventually earned the title over Husson 1-0 in another double overtime tilt. UMaine Farmington also qualified for last year's tournament, losing in the quarterfinals to New England College.

 

The 2018 NAC women's soccer campaign kicks off with all eight teams in action this weekend. The top six teams in the 2018 regular-season conference standings will qualify for the NAC tournament, which gets underway the final weekend of October, with quarterfinal action between seeds 3-6. The top two seeds will earn a bye in the first round and will take on the two quarterfinal winners in the semifinals on Saturday, November 3. The two semifinal victors will battle for the NAC championship on Sunday, November 4.

Click HERE to view the 2018 NAC Women's Soccer composite schedule. 

2018 NAC Women's Soccer Previews

For more information on each team, click the school name to be directed to the women's soccer section of each school's website.

1. Husson (9-7-1, 6-2-1 NAC) Amanda Cummings enters her fourth season as the head coach and fifth year on the staff. The Eagles return leading freshman-scorer Morgan Carver (Gardiner, Maine) along with sophomore midfield Brianna Saulter (Herman, Maine), while 2017 2nd-Team All-NAC senior defender Alex Speed (Guilford, Maine) returns as well as sophomore goalkeeper Sami Ireland (Howland, Maine), who started every game for the Eagles last season. Husson will look for a return trip to NAC title game this season, after falling 1-0 in double overtime to Castleton last season, looking to capture their first NAC Championship in nine years. The Eagles open their 20th season by hosting Saint Joseph's (Maine) on Sunday, September 2nd.

 

2. Maine Maritime (7-11, 5-4 NAC) Seth Brown returns for his sixth season at the helm of the Mariners. Three-time NAC First Team selection Susan DeFrank (Temecula, Calif.) returns for her senior season, along with 2017 Second Team All-Conference players Makayla Lewis (Purcellville, Va.) and Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine). Behind a talented and experienced group of upperclassmen and a large freshman class, the Mariners look to return to the NAC Tournament for the fourth-straight season. Their first contest is at home against Unity on August 31.

 

 

3. UMaine-Farmington (7-11, 4-5 NAC) Head Coach Molly Wilkie (11th season) welcomes back several key returning player to the pitch. Lydia Roy (Waterville, Maine), a senior who contributed 6 goals and 3 assists from the midfield as a junior; McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, Maine) a sophomore who led the team in points as a first-year player., and Eden LeBlanc (Dayton, Maine) a junior who started every game in 2017. The Beavers kick things off at home against Plymouth State University on August 31.

 

4. SUNY Canton (6-14) Head Coach Rose Lucidi enters her fourth season at the helm for the Roos. The team welcomes back Madison Rowe (Brushton, N.Y.) who had a standout freshman season posting three goals and two assists including a pair of game-winning goals. Jaedyn Ossont (Turin, N.Y.) also returns following a two goal, two assist season a year ago, while Brooke Woodrow (Dekalb Junction, N.Y.) tallied a pair of goals. Defensively, SUNY Canton welcomes back center back Kayla Phillips (Potsdam, N.Y.) and outside back Ryan Schubert (Centereach, N.Y.), while goalkeeper Allison Wakefield (Mastic, N.Y.) returns for her third season. The Roos open at home against Wells on August 31.

5. Thomas (4-12, 3-6 NAC) The Terriers continue to be led by Deb Biche-Labbe, who enters her seventh season as head coach. The Terriers return senior forward Cassie Contigiani (Belmont, N.H.) and sophomore Nikki Bradstreet (Topsham, Maine) to lead the offensive effort, while senior goalkeeper Kayla Gordon (Wiscasset, Maine) and sophomore defender Taznae Fubler (Smiths, Bermuda) will secure the back end. With a mix of veterans and newcomers, Thomas has their sites set on qualifying for the NAC Tournament. Thomas kicks off the season at home against Morrisville State on August 31.

 

6. NVU-Johnson (5-10, 1-8 NAC) Head Coach Andrew Lafrenz (third season) leads a young team anchored by Andrea Mercer (Naugatuck, Conn.), Kelsey Cauchon (Colchester, Vt.) and Christina Wheelock (Eden, Vt.). The Badgers will look to a promising group of newcomers to create new offensive options and grow their defensive effort with the graduation of all-time leading scorer Kylie Aither (Hyde Park, Vt.). Promising Newcomers include Monica Wisenforth (Green Island, N.Y.), Lindsay Sanchez Cardona (Samford, Conn.), Jordan Pelland (Jericho, Vt.) and Dez Youngman (Jericho, Vt.). The Badgers open on the road at Vermont Tech on August 31.

 

 

7. Northern Vermont-Lyndon (0-13-1, 0-8-1 NAC) NVU-Lyndon will be led by second year head coach Katy Ebner. Top returnees include juniors Michaela Columbia (Orleans, Vt.) and Kelsey Jacobs (Braintree, Vt.). Columbia will anchor the midfield, while Jacobs is fully healthy this season, after missing the first nine games with an injury a year ago. The Hornets will have many new faces this year, including two-sport athlete Lauren Young (Danville, Vt.), and are working hard to rebuild the program from the ground up. The Hornets hit the pitch on September 1 at Plymouth State.

8. UMaine-Presque Isle (1-12) UMaine-Presque Isle head coach Trevor Parent (seventh season) is focussed on improving on the 2017 seasoon. The program is welcoming back most of the starting squad from last year's team. Headlining the returners will be Mikayla Churchill (Washburn, Maine) a 2017 All-ACAA First Team selection and 2017 Owls' MVP, and Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, Maine) a two sport standout student athlete who will lead from a striking position. UMPI opens their inaugural season of NAC play on September 2nd as they travel to Machias, Maine to take on the University of Maine at Machias.