Women's Soccer Season Preview

Women's Soccer Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- With seven seniors among 15 returning players, the Washington College women's soccer team will have a wealth of veteran leadership during the 2011 season. 

Included in that group of seven seniors are the team's four captains - midfielder Gabby Devaud (Baltimore, MD/Institute of Notre Dame), midfielder/defender Jennifer Kiarsis (Rye, NY/Canterbury School [CT]), midfielder/defender Kelsey Newborn (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central), and goalkeeper Tori Ripple (Baltimore, MD/John Carroll). Devaud and Ripple were both named All-Centennial Conference honorable mentions in 2010, marking the first time in team history two Shorewomen have earned all-conference honors in the same season.

Devaud, the program's first-ever two-time All-Centennial Conference selection, led the Shorewomen with nine points in 2010. Her three assists were tops on the team, while her three goals tied for the team high. Her 46 shots on the year also led the team. Ripple, meanwhile, has been named the team's Most Valuable Player each of the past two seasons and boasted career-best marks in goals-against average (2.00) and save percentage (.788) in 2010. Devaud started all 16 games last season, while Ripple missed two with an injury. Kiarsis scored one goal and assisted on another while firing off 30 shots in 2010 and starting all 16 games. Newborn made seven starts in 15 games and tallied five shots. 

Forward Kira Pancotti (Briarcliff Manor, NY/Briarcliff), defender Corinne Welker (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis), and reserve goalkeeper Mallory Kahn-Johnston (Bethel, CT/Wooster School) complete the Shorewomen's senior class. Pancotti tied for the team lead with three goals in 2010 and also contributed one assist while starting 15 games. Welker started all 16 contests and had five shots. Kahn-Johnston made two starts while Ripple was injured.

The Shorewomen's four juniors - defender Gabby Antalffy (Baltimore, MD/Sparrows Point), forward Ainsley Boynton (Radnor, PA/Westtown School), forward Katie Bradley (Havre de Grace, MD/Fallston), and defender Kim McClellan (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) all saw significant playing time in 2010. Antalffy started every game, scoring one goal and assisting on another while taking 11 shots, while Boynton made 12 starts in 15 games and recorded one goal, two assists, and 15 shots. McClellan made 14 starts, notching one assist and four shots, while Bradley made two starts in 10 games and had one assist and 16 shots.

Even the Shorewomen's sophomore class has its share of collegiate experience. Defender Paige Butler (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill) and midfielder/forward Heather Smith (Glen Burnie, MD/Glen Burnie) each played in every game, with Butler starting all 16 and Smith starting all but one. Smith tied for the team lead in goals with three and added two assists to go along with 22 shots. Butler registered six shots on the season. Midfielder Kathleen Maleski (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll) recorded seven shots on the season while making one start in 15 games, while midfielder Brittany Weaver (Williamsport, MD/Williamsport) saw action in five contests.

Seven freshmen join the Shorewomen's returners this season: forward Danielle Fleming (Hockessin, DE/Sanford School), forward/midfielders Marisa Atkins (Fenwick Island, DE/Indian River) and Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, MD/Maryvale Prep), defenders Taylor Matteson (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), Mickey Fili (Sparks, MD/Hereford), and Kelley Holocker (Queen Anne's County, MD/Queen Anne's County), and goalkeeper Rebecca Potochney (Newark, DE/Newark)

Julika Blankenship returns for her fourth season as the head coach of the Shorewomen and welcomes back third-year assistant Amanda Lebo. The Shorewomen will open their 2011 season at home with a 1:00 p.m. game against Neumann University on Saturday, September 3rd. They will also open their Centennial Conference schedule at home when they host Johns Hopkins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th.