GORHAM, Maine – Seniors CC Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic) and Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) and junior Hana McNally (Edgewater Park, N.J./Holy Cross) have been named captains of the 2015 University of Southern Maine Huskies' women's soccer team. Head Coach Lisa Petruccelli, in her 10th season leading USM, made the announcement as her team prepares for its season-opening game on Saturday, September 5 (11:00 a.m.) against SUNY-Maritime.
"Our three captains have the shown their ability to lead throughout their careers," noted Petruccelli. "CC, Marissa and Hana led the team in our spring season and have continued to demonstrate their commitment to overall team success in our preseason workouts. All three lead by example in training and in the classroom, and their actions on and off of the field and positive attitudes exemplify their desire to elevate the team culture and play to the next level."
Pelletier will be serving as one of the Huskies' captains for the third consecutive season. A forward, Pelletier scored three goals in 2014 including a game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Maine Maritime Academy. A two-time All-Little East Conference Fall Academic Team member, Pelletier has played in 54 career games, earning a starting role in 52 of them. She has four goals and 10 points in her career. Pelletier, a Sport Management major, is also a two-time recipient of the Athletic Department's William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete award.
Entering her third season with the Huskies, McNally has played in nine matches over two seasons, missing her sophomore season due to injury. A member of the Huskies' defensive unit, McNally's leadership and experience will be relied upon in 2015. Despite missing the 2014 season, McNally earned her captain's title through her exemplary work ethic, dedication and team-first contributions while working her way back into playing form.
A 2014 All-Little East Conference second team selection as a junior, Temple returns as the Huskies' starting goalkeeper. Temple made a career-best 209 saves and posted three shut outs during her 2014 season. Her 209 saves are second in USM single-season history, leading the Little East in overall saves and saves per game (11.00). Turning in strong performances throughout the season, Temple was selected as the conference's Goalkeeper of the Week on September 22 when she back-stopped the Huskies to a scoreless double-overtime draw with Salem State making 16 saves in the effort. A two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete and LEC Academic Team selection, Temple is majoring in Sport Management.
The Huskies play their first two contests on at home. USM faces SUNY-Maritime and then hosts Bates on September 8 (4:30 p.m.) before playing its net four games on the road. Picked to finish in a tie for seventh in the 2015 Little East Conference preseason poll, USM will be vying for one of six spots into the Little East Conference tournament. Southern Maine's LEC opener is at Keene State on September 19 (1:00 p.m.). The top six teams in the final regular season conference standings will participate in the 2015 Little East Women's Soccer Championship, with the top two seeds earning first round byes and top seeds hosting throughout. The tournament is slated to begin on November 3, with the championship match scheduled for November 7. The winner of the 2015 Little East Conference Tournament Championship will receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.