Five seniors set to play on Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at Merrimack College
EASTON, Mass. (November 30, 2016) – Seniors Jamie Block (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown), Brianna Duserick (Canton, Mass./Canton), Claire O'Brien (West Hartford, Conn./Hall), Lauren Kapatoes (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale), and Hannah Fay (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) of the Stonehill College women's soccer team were selected to play in the NEWISA Senior Bowl to represent Division II. The game will take place on Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at Merrimack College.
Stonehill's goalkeeper Block wrapped up her senior season with a career-best 0.85 goals against average, 19 goals against, 99 saves, a .839 save percentage, and 10 shutouts. The Georgetown, Massachusetts native led the Northeast-10 Conference in shutouts this season, as she totaled 20 games with zero in the back for her career. This ranks her third in program history sitting behind Kathleen Neff with 24 from 1997-2000.
Block was most recently named NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year prior to postseason play, as she also picked up NE10 All-Tournament honors and was tabbed on the NE10 All-Conference first team for her first time. The senior was named NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week twice this season and assisted the team to its first Catholic Cup Championship in program history after a 3-1 victory over Assumption and a 1-0 win over Saint Anselm and being named to the Catholic Cup All-Tournament team.
In Block's junior year, she was tabbed on the NE10 All-Conference team and NEWISA All-New England second team, while being recognized on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for six semesters and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for two semesters.
Duserick was part of the back line this year that held opponents to 19 goals against, while also being part of the Skyhawks' offense that has scored 39 goals in the 22 games this season. The Canton, Massachusetts native tallied one goal this year, making her career total to two with one game-winning goal, which was in a 2-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University this season. Duserick led the team with five assists this year, ranking eighth in the conference, totally six in her career.
The senior was named to the NE10 All-Tournament team after assisting Stonehill to its first Conference Championship since 1995 and the NE10 All-Conference first team after the Skyhawks recorded a fourth-place finish in the regular season. She was also tabbed NE10 Defensive Player of the Week for her first Conference accolade of her career. Duserick was named to the Catholic Cup All-Tournament team after tallying two helpers in the opening game against Assumption. Previously she was named to the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for three semesters.
O'Brien concluded collegiate play recording four goals and three assists, tallying two game-winning goals. The West Hartford, Connecticut native was also part of the back line that held opponents to 19 goals this season, which includes collecting 10 shutouts in the Skyhawks' 22-game schedule this year.
This year, the defender was named to the NE10 All-Conference second team for her second time. O'Brien was previously tabbed on the NEWISA All-New England first team her junior year and the second team sophomore and freshman year. Her sophomore year also included being named on the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-East Region third team, while also recording six semesters of being placed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and three semesters on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Kapatoes saw her best season this year as she registered a career-best eight goals and two assists, including three game-winning goals, for 18 points. This brought her career totals to 14 goals, two assists and 30 points. Along with her best statistical season, the Hopedale, Massachusetts native recorded multiple awards this year including NE10 All-Tournament MVP after scoring the two goals in the championship game, All-Tournament Team honors, NE10 All-Conference second team honor, and Catholic Cup MVP and All-Tournament team assisting Stonehill to its first Catholic Cup title in program history.
This year, Kapatoes finished ninth in the Conference with eight goals and 12th with 18 points. As a freshman, Kapatoes, earned NE10 All-Rookie team honors and also collected NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for six semesters and Athletic Director's Honor Roll for two.
Fay recorded on goal and one assist for three points in her senior season combining for three goals and two assists for eight points in her four years with the Skyhawks. The Tolland, Connecticut native tallied her goals against the College of Saint Rose in a dominating 8-1 victory.
As a sophomore, Fay was named to the NEWISA All-New England second team and the NE10 All-Conference third team. The midfielder has also been tabbed on the NE10 Commissioner's for five semesters and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for three semesters.
Stonehill finished fourth in the NE10 play with an 8-5-1 record, while concluding post season play with a 15-6-1 overall record. This mark was the best since 1999 when the squad went 17-4-1. The Skyhawks also tallied national rankings this season, matching its highest four from back in 1999. The 2016 team also recorded its first NCAA bid in program history after winning the NE10 Conference Championship against Pace University, its first title since 1995.
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