2017 Women's Soccer Outlook

2017 Women's Soccer Outlook

COLCHESTER, Vt. - An influx of youth bolsters the Saint Michael's College women's soccer roster for the second straight fall, as 10 first-years join nine sophomores on a 29-woman roster. Thirteen regulars are back for a squad that twice defeated regionally-ranked foes and routinely contested close games in the season's final month.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Wendy Elles (5th Year)
Assistant Coaches: Jared Cipriano (1st Year), Stewart Wright (1st Year), Jefferson Hales (1st Year)

LAST YEAR
2016 Overall Record:
4-13
2016 Northeast-10 Conference Record: 3-11

THIS YEAR
Returners:
19
First-Years: 10

FAST FACTS
The Purple Knights knocked off two regionally-ranked teams in 2016, scoring twice in the final 46 seconds to stun Merrimack College, 2-1, on Sept. 10 before knocking off American International College, 1-0 in overtime, on Oct. 4. AIC later qualified for its fourth NCAA Tournament in seven years ... 11 games were decided by two goals or fewer, including final eight ... 3-5 in final eight games, with two of the losses in that time by one goal ... graduated four of top six scorers ... 13 regulars return ... three-woman senior class is program's smallest since 2013 team also had three ... 19 underclassmen dominate 29-woman roster.

KEY DATES
Saint Michael's opens the season at Daemen (N.Y.) College on Friday before NE10 play begins when the Purple Knights take on Southern Connecticut State University for their home opener on Sept. 9 ... the Purple and Gold visit 2016 NCAA Tournament regional finalist Adelphi University, which is ranked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches' (USC) preseason national poll, on Sept. 23 ... two of the Purple Knights' final three regular-season opponents qualified for the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as they host Stonehill College on Oct. 22 and visit AIC six days later ... the top eight teams in the NE10 begin postseason play on Oct. 31.

SENIORS (3)

  • Nicole DeOrsey (Colchester, Vt./Colchester), back | 11 games | 2 starts
  • Andie Devaney (Tolland, Conn./Tolland), back | captain | 16 games | 16 starts | 1 assist
  • Abby Pelon (South Lyon, Mich./Ladywood), forward | captain | 17 games on defense | 16 starts

JUNIORS (7)

  • Emily Durette (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South), midfielder | 17 games | 17 starts | 2 goals | 1 assist
  • Danielle Easton (Southwick, Mass./Holyoke Catholic), back | 8 games
  • Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding), goalkeeper | 15 games | 15 starts | 5.0 saves/game | 2.27 GAA | 2 shutouts
  • Alex Matteo (Tolland, Conn./Tolland), midfielder | 17 games | 1 start | 1 assist
  • Megan Robinson (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), midfielder | 3 games
  • Sara Rooke (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral), midfielder | 17 games | 14 starts | 1 goal | 2 assists
  • Sarah Williams (Bronx, N.Y./The Ursuline School), back | 11 games | 10 starts

SOPHOMORES (9)

FIRST-YEARS (10)