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Username Post: Women's Soccer 2017        (Topic#20412)
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07-27-17 08:01 PM - Post#231358    

While we wait for basketball season to start, I'm looking forward to the women's soccer. They lost a few key players, but return the core of their team that went 16-2-2 last year (including the loss to Penn State in the NCAAs). If you think the MBB schedule is tough, check this out.

8/18 Syracuse (H)
8/20 St. Joe's (H)
8/25 Duke (A)
8/27 W & M (A)
9/03 Rider (A)
9/07 Tennesee (H)
9/09 Penn (A)
9/20 St Francis (H)
10/3 Princeton (H)

Surprisingly, only 3 of these teams ended last season with a higher RPI than Bucknell (49) - Duke (12), Princeton (33), & St. Joe's (40).

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07-27-17 10:05 PM - Post#231360    
    In response to jkrun80

Yes, that's a challenging schedule - but one they can handle. They beat Syracuse on the road last year, and Tennessee is definitely beatable. The Duke game otoh will be very tough to stay close in. As for league play, Boston U will be very good again - and we could see a similar championship game. Colgate last year had one of the best freshman classes in PL history and should also be strong. It helps to have the max number of scholarships. Navy also returns most of their starters from a very good team. The PL continues to get stronger each year.

As you say, a few key players are gone - but barring injuries there should be solid replacements. All-PL Goalie Jessica Ratner is gone, but she presumably is replaced by Dani Kaufman, who originally committed to Maryland. All-PL Defender Kelsey Witt graduated, but they get back Maddie Dano, who started last year until an injury ended her season. They lose midfielder Cora Climo, but get back Riley Coopersmith, who was a key player in 2015 before missing last year due to injury. And they graduate All-PL Forward Alexis Gannon, but soph Gabby Bair looked very good off the bench last year at that position. Plus there are a few frosh who should see playing time.

I will be interested to see what Kelly Cook's first real recruiting class looks like. One player to watch is MF Alexandra Catanzarite, who was the New York state POY and a HS All American. Also 3-time All Region and 3-time All-State. Scored 35 goals this year against fairly good opposition. She is supposed to have great technical ability - but she only stands 4-11. That may well be what kept her away from a power conference program.

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08-16-17 05:30 PM - Post#232096    
    In response to Bison137

PL preseason poll:

1. Boston University, 156 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Bucknell, 152 (8)
3. Navy, 121
4. Colgate, 119
5. Lehigh, 102
6. Loyola, 69
7. Army, 66
8. Lafayette, 53
9. Holy Cross, 43
10. American, 19

Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Kendall Ham, Bucknell (Sr., F)
Patriot League Preseason Midfielder of the Year: Julianna Chen, Boston University (Jr., M)
Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Bloznalis, Boston University (Gr., D)

Boston got 12 votes for 1st and 8 votes for 2nd. Bucknell got 8 votes for 1st and 12 for 2nd. In addition to Ham, the Bison had two others on the 11-person preseason team: forward Maddie Mulford and defender Karli Cirovski.

http://patriotleague.org/news/2017/8/16/boston -uni...

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