GORHAM, Maine – Seniors Analies Ross-Dyjak (Orono, Maine) and Hana McNally (Burlington City, N.J./Holy Cross) have been named captains of the 2016 University of Southern Maine Huskies' women's soccer team. Veteran head coach Lisa Petruccelli, in her 11th season leading the Huskies, made the announcement during the 2016 preseason.
"Both Hana and Analies have proven themselves to be outstanding teammates and leaders. Hana has earned the respect of her team and coaches through her team-first mentality, and she has led by example since her freshman season serving as a role model for our younger players on-and-off of the field," noted Petruccelli. "A talented player, Analies has grown into a leadership role and has demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the team's success. Their actions in and outside of competition have shown their desire to elevate the team culture and play to the next level."
Entering her fourth season with the Huskies, McNally is a second-year captain. As a junior, McNally rebounded from injury in 2014 to play and start in all 17 of Southern Maine's contests in 2015 as a member of the Huskies' defensive unit. McNally registered her first intercollegiate goal in a 5-0 win at Thomas College (September 12, 2015). In her final season, McNally will transition into the Huskies' midfield where her leadership and on-the-ball composure will be vital to the team's success.
In her third season with the Huskies, Ross-Dyjak is a first-year captain. Since joining the Southern Maine squad in 2014, Ross-Dyjak has been a fixture in the Huskies' midfield, playing in 34 games over two seasons and making 29 starts. In 2014, Ross-Dyjak showed her ability as a playmaker recording three assists. As a junior in 2015, Ross-Dyjak tallied a goal and an assist for three points, including the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph over local rival St. Joseph's College (September 23, 2015).
Southern Maine is 1-1 through its first two games of the season, and plays its first four games of the season on the road before hosting Salem State in a non-conference match for its home opener on Wednesday, September 14 (4:00 p.m.). The Huskies, picked to finish seventh in the Little East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday, September 17 (1:00 p.m.) for their first conference match. The top six teams in the final regular season conference standing will participate in the 2016 Little East Conference Women's Soccer Championship Tournament, with the top two seeds earning first round byes and the top seeds hosting throughout. The tournament is slated to begin on Tuesday, November 1, with the championship match scheduled for November 5. The winner of the 2016 LEC Championship will receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.