Simmons Soccer received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2008-09 academic year, the NSCAA announced recently. The Sharks are one of three women's teams in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference to earn the award, out of a total of 337 women’s teams in the country to receive the honor, boasting a 3.35 grade point average as a team. Programs must post a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Simmons Soccer wrapped up the 2009 season on Saturday, after competing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Led by Great Northeast Athletic Conference Soccer Coach of the Year, Erica Mastrogiacomo, the Sharks earned a national bid after capturing the 2009 GNAC Championship as the tournament’s fifth seed, upsetting the #2, #4 and #1 seeds on the way to the post-season title.
Simmons Soccer fell to sixth-ranked William Smith College, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Sharks’ national appearance comes after capturing the 2009 Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament Championship. Simmons’ last trip to the NCAA tournament was in 2004, after that year’s GNAC victory earned the team an automatic qualification.
Simmons Soccer is set to face Liberty League Champion William Smith College in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament. Currently ranked ninth in the nation, the Herons will face off with the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Champion Simmons on Saturday, November 14 at 11:00am at Cozzens Memorial Field, on the Hobart William Smith Campus.
Simmons pushed Emmanuel College into double overtime to take the 2-1 victory over the second-seeded Saints in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship game on Saturday. Freshman Lian Atturio (Hanover, Mass.) scored both goals for the Sharks, including the game-winner, which came in the 117th minute. Senior goalkeeper Rachel Elliot (Amherst, N.H.) made 11 stops to help lead fifth-seeded Simmons to the Championship title. With the win, the Sharks earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III tournament, Simmons’ first national appearance since 2004.
Simmons Head Soccer Coach Erica Mastrogiacomo has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference 2009 Coach of the Year, the GNAC announced Friday evening. The honor comes after a fall season in which Mastrogiacomo led the Sharks to a 9-5-3 regular season record (7-2-3 GNAC) and a GNAC Championship, after earning a berth in the conference post-season tournament as the fifth seed.
Simmons freshman midfielder Justine Beauchamp (Exeter, N.H.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, the GNAC announced Friday Evening. The honor comes after a 2009 first year season in which Beauchamp started every game for Simmons, and ranked in the top 10 in the conference for shots. Beauchamp also earned Third Team All-Conference honors.
Fifth seeded Simmons Soccer upset fourth seed Emerson College, 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament First Round game at Emerson's Rotch Field on Sunday. The Sharks rode two goals from freshman Justine Beauchamp (Exeter, N.H.) to take the victory and advance to Wednesday’s semifinal game at Saint Joseph’s Maine.
Simmons Soccer fell to Great Northeast Athletic Conference rival Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon. The Saints’ Brittany Ridge scored two goals and Amber DiNucci recorded 3 assists to lead Emmanuel to a 4-0 victory over the Sharks. With the loss, the Sharks fall to fourth place in the conference with an 8-5-2 overall record (6-2-2 GNAC), and Emmanuel steps up to second place with a 7-2-1 GNAC record.
Simmons junior Brooke MacKenzie (Mansfield, Mass.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Soccer Player of the Week, the GNAC announced Monday evening. The honor follows a week in which MacKenzie helped the Sharks to a 2-0 week in the conference. She scored both goals to lift Simmons over Norwich, 2-1. She notched another two goals in Simmons' 5-2 victory over Albertus Magnus a few days later.
Junior Brooke MacKenzie (Mansfield, Mass.) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally in the 87th minute, to help Simmons Soccer defeat Norwich, 2-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match on Wednesday afternoon at Norwich. With the victory, the Sharks improve to 6-4-2 (4-1-2 GNAC). With the loss, the Cadets fall to 4-6-1 (2-4-1 GNAC).
Simmons traveled to Lasell College on Wednesday night for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game. The Sharks and Lasers endured a scoreless 75 minutes, until Lasell’s Molly Clarke (Berlin, Conn.) made the game-winning goal. With the loss, Simmons’ first Great Northeast Athletic Conference defeat of the season, the Sharks fall to 5-4-1 overall, 3-1-1 GNAC, while the Lasers advance to 3-2-1 overall, 2-0-1 GNAC.
Simmons soccer athletes Justine Beauchamp (Exeter, N.H.), Rachel Elliot (Amherst, N.H.) and Allie Megna (North Hampton, N.H.) have all earned a spot on this week’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference Honor Roll for their athletic achievements last week, the conference announced on Monday.
Simmons traveled to compete in the Wellesley College Invitational on Saturday, and faced the hosts in the opening round. Wellesley first-year Chelsea-Ann Patry (Warrenton, VA) scored in the 68th minute of play to lead the Blue to a 1-0 win over Simmons.
Simmons Soccer ended their four-game unbeaten streak as they fell to the Plymouth State Panthers on Wednesday evening, 3-1. Seniors Stacy DiSabato and Gianna Minervini combined on a pair of second-half goals to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 non-conference victory over Simmons College, now 3-1-1 overall (1-0-1 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference).
Simmons College took Saint Joseph’s of Maine into double-overtime on Monday’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference matchup. The Sharks battled the monks for a total of 110 minutes, but neither team was unable to net a goal to decide the contest.
Simmons soccer took command of their season and home opener on Tuesday evening, taking a 4-2 victory against Wentworth. Anna Stella (Sharon, Mass.) scored first for the Sharks 2:39 into the match off a Brooke MacKenzie (Mansfield, Mass.) assist.
Simmons Soccer is gearing up for the start of the 2009 season, just around the corner. Head Coach Erica Mastrogiacomo, in her fourth year leading the program, expects a very successful year from the Sharks. Coming off a 5-7 Great Northeast Athletic Conference record in 2008, Simmons is hungrier than ever for a GNAC title.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference recognized 530 student-athletes from 15 league sports on the 2010 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference Team. 40 Simmons athletes received the honor, and all seven of the Simmons varsity programs sponsored by the GNAC were represented on this year’s Academic All-Conference Team.