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Scouting the Tribe
William and Mary enters the week at 10-6 overall and 3-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Assured of a spot in the CAA Tournament, the Tribe is now playing for seeding, and could end up anywhere from 2-5 in the six-team championship. Finishing second would give W&M a bye into the semifinal round.
Leading the way for the Tribe this year has been the senior class, accounting for 41.6% of the offensive production (52 of 125 points). Captain Christine Johnson (Williamsburg, Va.) has been the leading scorer all season long, and currently has seven goals and five assists. Allison Moran (Wynnewood, Pa.) ranks fourth on the team with five goals and three assists, and Ashley Kyle (San Diego, Calif.) has matched her career-highs with three goals and one assist. In goal, Elizabeth Frey (Virginia Beach, Va.) has seen the majority of minutes, and has a 1.41 GAA and 34 saves on a 72.3% save rate.
Scouting the Monarchs
Old Dominion is 12-4 overall and 6-0 so far in its final season in the CAA. The Monarchs are ranked No. 9 in the latest national polls, and have won nine of their last 10 matches. Leading the score sheet for ODU this season is Sarah Breen, with 12 goals and seven assists, while Kelsey Smither leads the team in assists with 10. In goal, Marla Petriello has a 1.66 GAA and 41 saves.
Old Dominion leads the all-time series 41-11, including last year's 2-0 win in Norfolk. The Tribe's last victory in the series came in 2004, a 2-1 win of the then-No. 8 Monarchs in Williamsburg.
Optima Health Challenge
Both of this week's match-ups will count for five points in the Optima Health Challenge. A year-long series between W&M and ODU, the Optima Health Challenge awards 10 points to the victor of head-to-head match-ups in 12 sports, with 120 total points possible. To win the Optima Health trophy, a school must amass at least 65 points. So far, the standings are 10-0 for W&M, thanks to men's soccer's 2-1 victory over the Monarchs.
News and Notes
- This is the first time since 1993 that W&M and ODU will play each other twice in the regular season in a home-and-home series. In 2002 and 2005, the two teams faced each other once in the regular season and again in the CAA Tournament.
- While it is still possible that Old Dominion will remain in the CAA as an associate member, as things currently stand this will be the final week that the Monarchs are a part of the league. With ODU's imminent departure, that will leave W&M and James Madison as the only two teams still remaining from the seven-team South Atlantic Conference that began play in 1985, and became the CAA in 1991.
- W&M has already tied the school record for assists in a season with 41 in the first 16 games, matching the total put up by the 1990 team in 22 matches.
- Among the 15 returning field players who have recorded either a goal or an assist, 10 have set career-highs in goals scored, 12 in assists, and 12 in total points scored.
- Pip Saunders was named the CAA Rookie of the Week on Oct. 2, after scoring a goal and an assist over the weekend. She helped on the first of Emma Clifton's two goals against Delaware on Friday night, and then scored the then-tying goal against Richmond on Sunday.
- W&M has opened conference play against Northeastern every year since 2007, a six-year span that is the longest such-streak in school history. The Tribe played Radford four years in a row from 1985-88, and VCU four years as well from 1991-94. The six times playing the Huskies in the conference opener is also second-most overall, behind only the seven times that W&M has taken on VCU.
- By splitting the first conference weekend, the Tribe has opened league play at 1-1 or better 26 times in 28 years. The shutout over Hofstra also improved W&M to 7-2 all-time after losing its conference opener.
- The 4-0 win over Delaware was the fifth shutout of the year for W&M. The last time the Tribe had four shutouts or more was 2006, when W&M carried six blank-sheets.
- The Tribe swept the CAA weekly awards on Sept. 18, with senior captain Maria Caro sharing Player of the Week honors and redshirt-freshman Cate Johnson being named Rookie of the Week. Caro scored two game-winning goals, against Miami and then-No. 11 Boston University, while Johnson was credited with the win in both matches and stopped 92.9% of the shots made against her.
- Christine Johnson was named the CAA co-Player of the Week on Aug. 28, after scoring four goals and a defensive save to lead her team to a 5-1 win over Davidson. Johnson is the seventh player in school history to score four goals in a single game, and the first since Katie Silverthorne '02 in 2001. She is the first Tribe player to be named the conference Player of the Week since October of 2007.