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Fairfield Preseason Choice In MAAC Poll
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 08/21/2013
Captain Shannon Fay of the Fairfield Stags
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

EDISON, NJ – The Fairfield University women’s soccer team has been picked as a close favorite to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, as selected by the MAAC’s head coaches in their annual preseason poll. Fairfield earned 115 first place votes, narrowly edging runnerup Marist by two votes.

The Stags were 11-6-2 last season, including 8-1 in league action to earn a share of the MAAC Regular Season title. Fairfield fell 1-0 in the semifinals of the conference tournament, to eventual MAAC champion Loyola. The Stags are led by ninth-year head coach Jim O’Brien, who has guided Fairfield to a MAAC regular season championship and two NCAA tournament berths. Midfielder Nikki Stanton, a two-time first team all-conference selection, returns for her final season for the Stags.

Fairfield narrowly edged second place Marist by two points in the ballot. Marist was 15-7 in 2012, establishing a school record for victories. The Red Foxes earned a share of the MAAC regular season title with an 8-1 mark in conference action and advanced to the MAAC Tournament championship, falling to Loyola 2-1. Eight starters return from last year’s squad, including the top two scorers, junior Amanda Epstein and senior Rycke Guiney. Third year head coach Katherine Lyn led the Red Foxes to the MAAC Championship in her inaugural year, and the runnerup spot in last year’s tournament.

Monmouth (86), in its first season in the MAAC, finished third in the preseason poll, followed by Rider (69), Niagara (68), Siena (64), Iona (62), Quinnipiac (59), Canisius (45), Manhattan (32) and Saint Peter’s (13). Quinnipiac is also in its inaugural season with the MAAC.

The Red Foxes’ Epstein, who scored eight goals and tallied 20 points while earning first-team All-MAAC honors, was the choice for Preseason Player of the Year. Epstein hails from Jericho, N.Y.

The 2013 MAAC Women’s Soccer Championship will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney Resorts in Orlando, FL.


 

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1.

Fairfield

115

2

Marist

113

3.

Monmouth

86

4.

Rider

69

5.

Niagara

68

6.

Siena

64

7.

Iona

62

8.

Quinnipiac

59

9.

Canisius

45

10.

Manhattan

32

11.

Saint Peter’s

13

 

Preseason All-MAAC Team

Amanda Epstein

Forward

Marist

Brianna Smith

Forward

Canisius

Dana Costello

Forward

Monmouth

Brittany Pfaff

Forward

Siena

Haillie Price

Forward

Niagara

Rycke Guiney

Midfielder

Marist

Nikki Stanton

Midfielder

Fairfield

Alexandra Baca

Midfielder

Monmouth

Jennifer Meier

Midfielder

Rider

Tara Ballay

Midfielder

Rider

Carly Beyar

Midfielder

Fairfield

Kylee McIntosh

Back

Marist

Megan  O’Brien

Back

Fairfield

Sali Ayinde

Back

Iona

Hayley Besaw

Back

Niagara

Alexa Freguletti

Back

Monmouth

Becca Kape

Back

Rider

Marissa Mertens

Back

Marist

Danielle Kennedy

Back

Niagara

Anna Grant

Back

Siena

Kathleen Early

Goalie

Fairfield

 

2013 Preseason MAAC Player of the Year

Amanda Epstein

Forward

Marist

 


MAAC Women's Soccer


Women's Soccer
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Monmouth 9-1 .900 14-4 .778
Fairfield 8-2 .800 14-4 -1 .763
Niagara 6-1 -3 .750 10-2 -5 .735
Rider 5-3 -2 .600 10-5 -2 .647
Siena 4-2 -4 .600 7-6 -6 .526
Canisius 5-5 .500 6-13 .316
Manhattan 3-5 -2 .400 8-8 -2 .500
Iona 2-5 -3 .350 6-10 -3 .395
Quinnipiac 2-7 -1 .250 3-13 -1 .206
Marist 1-6 -3 .250 2-12 -4 .222
Saint Peter's 1-9 .100 1-18 .053
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