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Jordan Grant Named LEC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year

USM had four players receive LEC postseason honors. From left to right, Katie Cobb, Kelly Burrell, Nicole Bordeau and Jordan Grant.
USM had four players receive LEC postseason honors. From left to right, Katie Cobb, Kelly Burrell, Nicole Bordeau and Jordan Grant.

Four Huskies Named to All-Conference Team

            GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference released its 2013 women's soccer postseason awards and all-conference teams on Tuesday and University of Southern Maine fifth-year senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) was named the Rookie of the Year following a vote by the conference's head coaches.

            In addition, the LEC announced that junior back Nicole Bordeau (Sanford, Maine) was named to the all-conference first team, and Grant, junior midfielder Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) and senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) received spots on the second team.

            Grant is the second USM player to receive the Rookie of the Year honor.  Former goalkeeper Mindy Morneault was the first recipient in 2005.  The four players named to the all-conference team are the most since five were honored in 2000.

            An All-Little East basketball standout for the Huskies last winter, Grant played competitive soccer for the first time since high school this fall and made an immediate impact on the Huskies' offense.  The 5-foot-10 forward led the Huskies in scoring with seven goals, including three game-winning tallies, and two assists for 16 points.  Grant was named the conference Rookie of the Week on two occasions during the season.

            "I was very excited when Jordan expressed an interest last spring in playing soccer this year," said head coach Lisa Petruccelli.  "I'd seen her on the basketball court and knew that her size, speed and athleticism would be an asset to our program.  It's great to see her recognized, and a shame to only have her for one season." 

            Bordeau is the Huskies first all-conference first team selection since 2005 when Liz Brunton and Stacy LeBlanc were named to the first squad.  Bordeau played in all 20 matches this season netting one goal.

            "We transitioned Nicole from the midfield to anchor our defense because she has good speed and a great understanding of the game.  She helped us decrease the number of goals allowed, and took almost all our set-piece kicks.  She is a great leader on the field and I'm really proud of all she accomplished this season," commented Petruccelli.

            The Huskies second leading scorer, Burrell had three goals and two assists for eight points.  She scored the game-tying goal late in regulation in the Huskies exciting come-from-behind draw with the University of Maine Farmington.

            "Kelly is our most technical player.  Her speed, shot and defense made her invaluable to us no matter where we put her on the field.  In our system, we ask a lot of our two central midfield players to control the middle of the field and she accomplished that throughout the season," added Petruccelli.

            Cobb, who returned last season from a shoulder injury that forced her to miss the entire 2011 season, compiled a 1.80 goals against average and made a conference-leading 153 saves.  She posted three shutouts.

            "I'm thrilled for Katie.  She has worked so hard throughout her career with (goalie coach) Jeff Neal, and in overcoming the (shoulder injury), to become the accomplished goalkeeper she is today.  This is a well deserved honor," said Petruccelli.

            Southern Maine finished the season 5-14-1 overall and 2-5 in the conference.  The Huskies fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the LEC championship tournament.

 

2013 All-Little East Conference Women's Soccer Teams

First Team

Name

Position

Class

Institution

Tayla Andrews

Forward

Senior

UMass Boston

Jessica Berthiaume

Forward

Senior

Keene State

Krista Ledin

Forward

Junior

UMass Boston

Samantha Cristoforo

Midfield

Senior

UMass Boston

Alex Haley

Midfield

Junior

Keene State

Tori Pierce

Midfield

Senior

UMass Dartmouth

Emily Newhard

Midfield

Sophomore

Western Connecticut

Kelsie Bailey

Back

Senior

Keene State

Nicole Bordeau

Back

Junior

Southern Maine

Camille Lawson

Back

Sophomore

Western Connecticut

Alli Modzelewski

Back

Senior

UMass Boston

Sam Silvia

Back

Senior

UMass Dartmouth

Kristen Spain

Goalkeeper

Sophomore

UMass Boston

 

Second Team

Jordan Grant

Forward

Senior

Southern Maine

Haley Kenyon

Forward

Senior

Keene State

Jillian Van Ness

Forward

Senior

UMass Dartmouth

Kelly Burrell

Midfield

Junior

Southern Maine

Ariana D'Aurio

Midfield

Senior

Western Connecticut

Ericka Garufi

Midfield

Junior

UMass Boston

Tamar Merheb

Midfield

Senior

Eastern Connecticut

Lauren Bartlett

Back

Senior

Rhode Island College

Brittany Castillo

Back

Junior

UMass Boston

Megan Godwin

Back

Senior

Eastern Connecticut

Gia Karahalios

Back

Sophomore

Eastern Connecticut

Katie Cobb

Goalkeeper

Senior

Southern Maine

Victoria Crenson

Goalkeeper

Junior

Keene State

 

Offensive Player of the Year
Krista Ledin, Junior, UMass Boston 

Defensive Player of the Year
Kelsie Bailey, Senior, Keene State 

Rookie of the Year
Jordan Grant, Senior, Southern Maine 

Coach of the Year
Denise Lyons, Keene State

 
 

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