2013 WOMEN'S SOCCER
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


 PENN ST. BEHREND EXPECTED
TO
EXTEND REIGN
 


The road won't be easy, but two-time defending champion Penn State Behrend has been picked by the conference coaches to make it three in a row (and ninth overall) when the AMCC tournament concludes in early November.  Behrend garnered six first place votes, while last season's runner up Pitt-Bradford earned four.  The two squads are expected to battle for the title again this year.  D'Youville College, #3 in the coaches' poll, will be a threat to both teams.

Pitt-Bradford sophomore forward Maggie Boehler (left) was voted the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.  Boehler was the Offensive Co-Player of the Year as well as Newcomer of the Year last season.  She helped lead the Panthers to the AMCC finals, scoring 13 goals (5 game winners) and 4 assists.  Behrend senior  defender Rachel Mueller (right) is the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.  Mueller was a first team all-conference selection last season.  She is the defensive leader and team captain of the defending champion Lions entering her senior campaign.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 28, and the championship will be Saturday, November 9, hosted by the number #1 seed.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
 


AMCC WOMEN'S SOCCER POLL
2013 Preseason Rankings*

1. Penn State Behrend (T-1)
2. Pitt-Bradford (T-1)
3. D'Youville (T-3)
4. La Roche (6)
5. Penn State Altoona (7)
6. Medaille (5)
7. Franciscan (8)
8. Pitt-Greensburg (T-3)
9. Hilbert (10)
10. Mount Aloysius (9)

* Number in parentheses is order of regular season finish in 2012

PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Offensive:
MAGGIE BOEHLER
Pitt-Bradford


Defensive:
RACHEL MUELLER
Penn State Behrend
 

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH...

D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Lew Potter (5th year)
2012:  5-3-1 AMCC, 11-6-1 overall


Senior F Danielle Gehen (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West)...First team all conference 2011 and 2012… Spartans’ leader in goals (13), assists (9), and points (35)...Led AMCC in points for secondaight season... all-time D'Youville point leader (99 career points), assist leader (23), and goal leader (38)...Team Captain.

Senior GK Christina Ventresca (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Wheatfield)… Started all 18 games and played all but 45 minutes of the entire 2012 season in goal...Recorded a team-record 6 shutouts, 11 wins, and posted a career-best 1.09 goals against average and .798 save percentage...Recorded shutouts in fouraight games and a kept opponents scoreless for a team record 437:49 from Oct. 13-Oct. 31.
 

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY
Head Coach Clare McBane (1st year)
2012:   2-5-2 AMCC, 4-11-3 overall


Junior M Ashley Ruttencutter (Wintersville, OH/Indian Creek)…ECAC All Star Team…First team all-conference in 2012…leading scorer for 2012 with 10 goals and 5 assists.

Senior M Katie Roemer (Prior Lake, MN / Prior Lake) …2nd leading scorer for 2012 with 6 goals and 2 assists, 3 of the 6 were game winning goals.
 

HILBERT COLLEGE
Head Coach Kelly Starchok-Gillow (3rd year)
2012: 0-8-1 AMCC, 2-13-1 overall


Senior D Mary Mabon (Marion, NY)  The 2012 Coaches Award receipent…Hawks' second leading goal (3) and point scorer (8) last season while serving up 2 assists as a defender…Captain.

Senior F Robbi Bailey (Codyville, NY) as a junior, started in all 16 games….Hilbert's leading goal (5) and point scorer (12) in 2012.
 

LA ROCHE COLLEGE
Head Coach Miguel Lozano (16th year)
2012:  4-3-2 AMCC, 9-7-4 overall


Junior M Nicole Ferraco (Verona, PA/Penn Hills)...Scored 2  goals with 4 assists for 8 points...2012 All-AMCC third team.

Senior GK Maria DiPerna (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic)...Posted 1.04 GAA with 5 shutouts...ended last season with 4 consecutive shutouts in AMCC competition.
 

MEDAILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Leann Gedraitis  (1st year)
2012:  5-4 AMCC, 7-11 overall


Sophomore Forward Candis Kapuscinski (Holland, NY/Holland)...Third team all- conference selection in 2012… Maverick’s second leading goal scorer with 6...led the team with 8 assists. 

Senior GK Denay O’Connor (Rochester, NY/West Irondequoit)...Posted two shutouts in 2012...recorded a .724 save percentage.
 

MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE
Head Coach Tyler Sheikh (2nd year)
2012:  1-7-1 AMCC, 2-13-1 overall


Junior M/F Liz Josephson (Munson, PA/Philipsburg-Oseola)…Second leading point scorer on the team (7) with 3 goals last season.

Sophomore M/F Megan Parker (Jeannette, PA/Jeannette)…First on the team in goals (4) as a freshman in 2012.
 

PENN STATE ALTOONA
Head Coach Pamela Snyder Etters (4th year)
2012:  3-6 AMCC, 3-15 overall


Sophomore GK Mackenzie Strubhar (Hummelstown, PA/ Lower Dauphin)…Third team all-AMCC as a freshman

Sophomore M/F Teresa Deppenschmidt (New Hope, PA/ New Hope-Solebury)...Third team all-AMCC in rookie campaing...led the team in goals (4) and second on the team in points (10).
 

PENN STATE BEHREND
Head Coach Patrick O'Driscoll (9th year)
2012:  8-1 AMCC, 12-9 overall


Senior D Rachel Mueller (Shaler, PA/Shaler HS)… First team all-conference as a junior in 2012...started all 21 games...team captain...defensive leader.

Senior M Sam Vasy (Norwin HS/ North Huntingdon, PA)…AMCC Co-Newcomer of the Year as a freshmen...AMCC third team all-conference as a sophomore...ranked fourth on team in individual points with 9 in 2012 despite having her season cut short by injury...team captain.
 

PITT-BRADFORD
Head Coach Mike Idland (6th year)
2012:  8-1 AMCC, 13-6-1 overall


Sophomore F Maggie Boehler (Pittsburgh, PA/Shaler)...2012 Offensive Co-Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year...first team all conference with 13 goals, 4 assists...netted 5 game winning goals.

Sophomore F Tess Follman. (Killbuck, NY/Salamanca)...Second team all-conference in freshman campaign...racked up 11 goals and 5 assists, with 4 game winners.
 

PITT-GREENSBURG
Head Coach Chuck Wigle (2nd year)
2012:  5-3-1 AMCC, 7-8-3 overall


Sophomore MF Courtney Carroll (Irwin, PA/Hempfield HS)… Bobcats’ leader in points (22) and assists (6) and tied for lead in goals (8)...as a freshman, started all 18 games and earned AMCC All-Academic honors...Ranked eighth in the AMCC in points, eighth in points per game (1.22), tied for eighth in goals, fifth in assists, and fourth in assist per game (.33).

Junior F, Tiffanni Downey (Derry, PA/Derry HS)… Bobcats' second leading point scorer in 2012, finishing with 20...tied with Carroll with 8 goals, while tallying 4 assists in just 13 games after an ankle injury cut her season short...tied for tenth in the AMCC in points, tied for eighth in goals, and finished with a .62 goals per game average.