Frostburg State University is predicted to successfully defend their women's
soccer title for the fifth consecutive year, according to
the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coaches’ poll.
But last season's runner up, Penn State Behrend, is expected to
challenge from the #2 spot. The poll ranks all ten teams for
the first time.
Player of the Year honors were awarded to Pitt-Greensburg forward
Jen McIntosh (South Park HS/South Park, PA). The senior is
a three-time first team all-conference selection and the 2002
Newcomer of the Year. She was the league's second leading
scorer in 2004, collecting 19 goals (4 game-winners) and 11 assists
for 45 points.
The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 24.
The conference championship will be Saturday, November 5 at the
highest remaining seed. The winner will receive the AMCC's
automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Other players to watch:
FROSTBURG STATE - Head Coach Brian
2004: 8-1 AMCC, 14-3-3 overall
F Danielle Carter (Rockville HS/Rockville, MD)...First
team all-conference in 2004,
Newcomer of the Year in 2003...scored 19 goals to rank second in the
league...runner-up in Preseason Player of the Year voting.
M Jodie Gittleson (Wootton HS/Rockville, MD)...First team
All-AMCC with 11 goals and 3 assists last season.
HILBERT - Head Coach James Ruggiero
2004: 3-6 AMCC, 6-9-1 overall
M Michelle Greco (Southwestern HS/Jamestown, NY)...Team
MVP in 2004...leading scorer for the Hawks with 15 points (7 goals,
1 assist, 2 GWG)...named to academic all-conference team...2005
M Jeanmarie Brady (Lakeshore HS/Derby, NY)...started every
game, played every minute last season...scored 1 goal and 3
LA ROCHE - Head Coach Miguel Lozano
2004: 7-2 AMCC, 14-5 overall
D Melanie Roczko (Hampton
HS/Allison Park, PA)...Second team
All-AMCC for two years in a row...started in all 17 games at
sweeper...led team to school record 12 shutouts in 2004.
F Nicole Booth (Brashear HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...2004
Newcomer of the Year and second team all-conference selection...led
the Redhawks in all scoring categories with 13 goals, 12 assists and
LAKE ERIE - Head Coach Lauren Ferullo
2004: 2-6-1 AMCC, 4-14-1 overall)
F Keri Cameron (Mentor HS/Mentor, OH)...Named All-AMCC
honorable mention last season...scored 13 points (5 goals, 3
D Loni Sargent (Hubbard HS/Hubbard, OH)...As a defender
contributed 2 goals and 2 assists.
MEDAILLE - Head Coach Dan Krzyzanowicz
2004: 3-5-1 AMCC, 7-11-1 overall
D Tiffany Azzarito (Westmoreland HS/Westmoreland, NY)...Only
freshman to be named all-conference as a defender (honorable
mention)...team leader in assists (7), ranked second on the team in
goals and points...co-captain for 2005.
F Kerri Clarkson (Springville Griffiths Institute/Colden, NY)...Second
team All-AMCC in 2004...team leader in goals (9) and points (21).
MT. ALOYSIUS - Head Coach Tim Kelly
2004: 0-9 AMCC, 1-15 overall
F Brenna Mohney (Clearfield HS/Clearfield, PA)...Scored
3 goals and 2 assists last season.
M K.T. Hyland (Bishop McCort HS/Johnstown, PA)...Contributed
9 points (3 goals, 3 assists in 2004.
PENN STATE ALTOONA - Head Coach Jim Fee
2004: 5-4 AMCC, 9-12 overall
D Mandi Freiwald (Westmont Hilltop HS/Johnstown, PA)...All-AMCC
second team selection last year...member of National Student-Athlete
Honor Society and Academic All-Conference team.
F Beth Freiwald (Westmont Hilltop HS/Johnstown, PA)...Scored
21 points (10 goals, 1 assist) last season...earned AMCC academic
PENN STATE BEHREND - Head Coach Patrick
2004: 8-1 AMCC, 14-6-1 overall
D Stephanie Bowen (Peters Twp. HS/McMurray, PA)...First team All-AMCC
for the past three seasons...started all 21 games last season,
contributing 1 goal and 1 assist...team captain in 2005.
M Michelle Newland (Fox Chapel HS/Glenshaw, PA)...Second team
all-conference selection in 2004...contributed 20 points (9 goals, 2
assists) last season.
PITT-BRADFORD - Head Coach Rebecca Nichols
2004: 1-8 AMCC, 1-13-1 overall
D Samantha Pople (Red Creek HS/Red Creek, NY)...AMCC
honorable mention selection in 2004.
PITT-GREENSBURG - Head Coach John Beatty
2004: 7-2 AMCC, 13-7 overall
M Jessica Phillippi (Rockwood HS/Rockwood, PA)...First
team All-AMCC all three years...scored 25 points (6 goals, 13
assists) to rank 8th in the league and #1 in assists.