Undefeated start puts Stonehill on National Polls
EASTON, Mass. (September 27, 2016) – The Stonehill College women's soccer team has earned a No. 5 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Poll in week four of competition, as announced by the association Tuesday.
Stonehill's highest ranking of No. 4 came in 1999 when it ended the season 17-3-0, while the Skyhawk's most recent ranking of No. 22 in 2000 was when it kicked off the season with a 3-1-0 start. Stonehill did not receive votes at the start of this season, however, the team quickly was put at No. 24 in the second week of competition and have climbed since.
The Skyhawks have come out with a 7-0-1 start, blanking their opponents in four of eight contests and giving up six goals. The last time the Skyhawks started a season 4-0-0 was in 2014.
This year, Stonehill has topped its Northeast-10 opponents, Assumption College and Saint Anselm College in the 2016 Catholic Cup for its first title in school history. The Skyhawks also surpassed No. 20 LIU Post, with a 1-0 victory. Stonehill's latest victory came against No. 5 Adelphi with a 4-3 triumph.
Senior Lauren Kapatoes (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale), junior Meredith Moore (Salem, Conn./East Lyme), and freshman Nicole Geraghty (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham Regional) has led the Skyhawks by tallying five, four and three goals apiece. Stonehill's defense has been led by senior goalkeeper Jamie Block (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) who has held teams to a 0.73 goals against average.
In the Northeast-10, Stonehill ranks in the top-five in 10 of the 11 categories including: first in won-lost-tied percentage (0.938), second in total points (58), total goals (22), shutout percentage (0.500), and scoring offense (2.75), third goals-against average (0.728), points per game (7.25), and save percentage (.857), fourth in total assists (14), and fifth in assists per game (1.75).
The Skyhawks host Northeast-10 Conference foe Assumption College with a kickoff at 4 p.m. on Skyhawk Field on Wednesday, September 28.
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