Three Earn LEC Women's Soccer Honors
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team have earned Little East Conference post-season honors.
Junior goalkeeper Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) earned first team All-Conference honors, while sophomore forward Maura Goncalves (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and junior defender Sam Silvia (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) earned second team honors.
Chauvin played every minute in goal and posted a 0.84 goals against She made 103 saves for a percentage of .866, and posted a league-leading 11 shutouts in 18 games. She ranked second in both saves and save percentage and was third in goals-against average.
Goncalves led UMass Dartmouth with nine goals and four assists for 22 points despite missing time due to an injury. She was tied for seventh in the LEC in points, was third in points per game and goals per game, tied for third in game-winning goals, was tied for sixth in goals and ranked 10th in assists per game.
Silvia started and played in all 18 games and excelled on defense.
"It is great to have three players named All-Conference this season, seeing as there were many successful teams and outstanding players in the Little East," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "Sam and Krista were the backbones of our back line. Sam, in the center back position played hard and consistent in every single game for us. Her strength, knowledge of the game, and natural leadership skills earned her All-Conference honors. Krista's outstanding shot stopping ability sets her apart from other goalkeepers in our division. In each game, she made at least one "wow" save that you wouldn't expect a keeper to make at this level. Despite missing the last seven games due to an injury, Maura finished the season as our leading goal scorer and point scorer. She is relentless up top, giving defenders a difficult time in shutting her down. She will undoubtedly be a force on the field for the next two seasons to come."
The Corsairs, who reversed losses to Western Connecticut State and Springfield this season by defeating the Colonials and tying the Pride, posted an 11-5-2 record this season, their best mark since the inception of the LEC. All five goals they lost were by a single goal, three of those coming in overtime. They reduced their goals-against average from 2.45 last season to 0.84 this year, and had 11 shutouts, 10 more than they had last season.
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