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WS Preview: Towson & George Mason

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 10/18/2012
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Senior Caitlin Hunter and the Seahawks begin a three-game road swing this weekend with crucial CAA matches at Towson and George Mason
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Senior Caitlin Hunter and the Seahawks begin a three-game road swing this weekend with crucial CAA matches at Towson and George Mason
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's soccer team begins a three-game road swing this weekend as it travels to Towson and George Mason for a pair of crucial Colonial Athletic Association contests.

The Seahawks will open the weekend Friday with a 3 p.m. contest against the Tigers at the Tiger Soccer Complex before traveling to Fairfax, Va., Sunday for a 1 p.m. matinee versus the Patriots.

Staying Connected
Live stats will be available for both games this weekend and can be accessed here ... Sunday's game against George Mason will also be video streamed and can be accessed here ... Fans can also keep up with updates from the UNCW women's soccer program by following the team's twitter account (@UNCWSoccer) ...  Information for the women's soccer program and all 19 of UNCW's varsity intercollegiate programs can also be found by checking out the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) accounts.

Seahawk Notes
Currently tied with James Madison for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming CAA Tournament, UNCW will attempt to improve their chances of making postseason play this weekend as only six points separate the top seven teams in the league ... The Seahawks improved to 9-6-1 overall and 4-3-0 in league play with a 3-1 victory at home against James Madison in their only contest last week ... Against the Dukes, senior Stephanie Rose scored twice in the final 14 minutes of regulation to break a 1-all tie and lead the Seahawks to their second straight win ... Rose continues to pace the CAA in scoring as she now has amassed 26 points on nine goals and eight assists ... She is ranked among the top 25 players in the nation in total points ... Rose also surpassed former Seahawk standout Kelly Renkin for third place on the program's career scoring charts during the JMU contest as she now has amassed 74 points (29 G, 16 A) during her career ... Senior defender Lindsay Henry tallied her first points of the season in the win against the Dukes, adding a goal and an assist ... The goal was Henry's first since the 2010 season ... Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter remains ranked among the league leaders in save percentage (.850/2nd) and goals against average (0.93/3rd) ... Hunter now needs just one more victory to move into a tie for first place with Meghan Fitzsimmons for first place on the program's career wins chart (27) ... UNCW remains the highest ranked Colonial Athletic Association school in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), released by the NCAA on Monday ... The Seahawks are ranked 55th, eighth spots ahead of the next highest CAA team, Hofstra (63rd).

Scouting Towson
Towson begins the week with a 1-13-1 overall mark and a 1-6-0 record in league play after suffering a pair of setbacks at league foes Northeastern (2-1) and Hofstra (3-1) last weekend ... Senior Cheyenne Skidmore leads the team in scoring with seven points (3 G, 1 A) while junior Emily Banes is close behind in second with six  (3 G) ... Sophomore Erin Quinn has started all 15 games in goal for the Tigers and currently leads the CAA in saves (104) ... She has also fashioned a .727 save percentage to rank 10th in the league in that category ... Greg Paynter is in his sixth season as head coach of the Tigers ... He has led Towson to seven or more victories in three of his previous five seasons.

Series Notes Versus Towson
UNCW holds a 9-2 lead in the all-time series with Towson ... The Seahawks have held the edge in the series of late, winning eight of the last nine meetings between the two programs ... Towson halted the Seahawks' eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 overtime triumph last October at the UNCW Soccer Stadium ... UNCW is 4-1 all-time on the road against Towson, with victories in each of their last four visits to the Tiger Soccer Complex, including a 2-1 overtime victory on Oct. 17, 2010.

Scouting George Mason
George Mason brings a 5-10-1 overall record and a 1-5-1 league mark into the final weekend of the regular season following a pair of shutout losses at Hofstra (1-0) and Northeastern (2-0) last weekend ... The Patriots open the weekend Friday with a contest against Georgia State before entertaining the Seahawks on Sunday ... senior Tiana Kallenberger paces the Patriots lineup and is tied for third in the league in scoring with 19 points (8 G, 3 A) while Liz Hodges is second with 10 points (5 G) ... Junior Lyndse Hokanson has seen time in goal for 14 of the team's 16 contests and is among the league leaders in save percentage (.754/8th) and goals against average (1.29/7th) ... Diane Drake is in her ninth season as head coach of the Patriots program ... She has led the squad to a 77-67-18 record during her time at George Mason.

Series Notes Versus George Mason
UNCW trails in the all-time series with George Mason by a 7-14-1 margin ... The Seahawks have enjoyed success against the Patriots in recent meetings, with a win or a tie in four of their last five matchups ... The Patriots posted a 3-0 victory over the Seahawks in their meeting last season at the UNCW Soccer Stadium ... UNCW holds a 3-6-1 record in 10 previous trips to Fairfax, with all three victories coming in their last three visits to George Mason Stadium, including a 2-1 victory in their last trip to Fairfax on Oct. 15, 2010.

Rose Named To Preseason CAA Squad
UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose was named to the Preseason All-CAA Women's Soccer Team on Aug. 15 ... Rose, a native of Jacksonville, N.C., earned Third-Team All-CAA accolades last season after leading the Seahawks in scoring with 10 points on a team-high five goals.

Seahawks Record Tie Against No. 3 Wake Forest
UNCW posted its first win or tie against a top 10 opponent when it played to a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Wake Forest at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. on Aug. 19 ... The draw also marked the Seahawks first result against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference as they had compiled a 0-11-0 mark versus the league prior to the tie with the Demon Deacons.

Hunter Honored For Solid Opening Weekend
Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter was recognized by various outlets for her play in the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational in mid-August ... On Aug. 20, Hunter was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Soccer Co-Player-of-the-Week and was selected as the CAA Player-of-the-Week by the online publication College Sports Madness ... Hunter was also selected as the keeper for the Soccer America Women's Team-of-the-Week on Aug. 22 ... Hunter allowed just one goal in 211:37 in guiding the Seahawks to a 0-1-1 result against two ranked opponents at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational ... The Ashburn, Va., product made six saves in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to host No. 22 Virginia Tech in the season opener on Aug. 17 before posting 10 saves in a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Wake Forest on Aug. 19 to record her eighth career shutout.

Currie Recognized By Collegesoccer360.com
UNCW senior midfielder Kim Currie was recognized by Collegesoccer360.com in early September, earning Primetime Player accolades from the online publication for the week of Sept. 3-9 ... Currie was recognized after earning MVP honors in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational, tallying five points on two goals and an assist to lead the Seahawks to the tournament title with shutout victories over Campbell and Troy ... She opened the weekend with a goal in the Seahawks 3-0 victory over the Camels and capped the event with a goal and an assist in UNCW's 4-0 blanking of the Trojans.

Record Watch
Senior Stephanie Rose is currently third in program history with 74 points (29 G, 16 A) ... With her two goals against James Madison last week, Rose moved past former Seahawk standout Kelly Renkin into sole possession of third place on the all-time list ... Rose now needs 10 points to match Kristine Mengle for second place on the school's career scoring chart ... Rose's two tallies against the Dukes also moved her into a tie with Renkin for third place on the squad's career goals list ... With her team-leading eight assists this season, Rose is making her way up the single-season charts as well as she is tied with Christy Timbers (1998) for second place on the program's single-season assists chart ... Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter finds herself ranked on four of the program's career charts, entering the weekend in second place in wins (26), third in saves (308), third in save percentage (.802) and fifth in goals against average (1.31) ... Hunter begins the weekend just one win shy of matching Meghan Fitzsimmons for first place on the program's career wins list (27) and 11 saves away from equaling Fitzsimmons for second on the program's all-times saves chart.

Around The Colonial Athletic Association
With less than two weeks remaining in the CAA regular-season race, the league's top seven teams are separated by just six points ... Hofstra and Delaware are tied for first place with 18 points, although the Pride has played one less match ... Drexel sits just two points back in third and William & Mary and Northeastern are right behind with 15 points. ... UNCW holds a half-game lead over James Madison for the sixth and final spot as the Seahawks have three games remaining to just two for the Dukes ... Northeatern's Hannah O'Donnell and Hofstra's Leah Galton were named Conference Player and Rookie-of-the-Week on Monday ... Senior Stephanie Rose continues to lead the league in scoring with 26 points (9 G, 8 A) while Rose and William & Mary's Mallory Schaefer are tied to the league lead in goals scored ... The Tribe's Cortlyn Bristol paces the league in assists (11) ... Drexel's Eve Badana leads all keepers in goals against average (0.69) while William & Mary's Caroline Casey is first in save percentage (.851).

Up Next
UNCW closes out the regular season Oct. 24 with a 4 p.m. contest at Georgia State.


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