WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University women's soccer team, the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season and tournament champions, moved up another spot to fourth place in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Northeast Region, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon. At the end of the regular season, Monmouth, which entered the regional ranking on September 10, increased its regional ranking presence to a record 10 consecutive weeks.
The Hawks, who ended the regular season on a 14-game unbeaten streak, claimed the MAAC Women's Soccer Championship trophy, and improved to 17-1-2. The Hawks, who have not allowed a goal in the last 763:58 minutes of game action, set a new program-record with 16 shutouts, including eight straight clean sheets, and tied a school-record with 17 victories so far.
The Hawks, who rank first in the NCAA in shutout percentage (0.800) and goals-against-average (0.293), earned the MAAC regular season championship with an 8-0-2 mark in league play, and hold the nation's third-best win-loss-tie percentage (0.895). [NCAA stats are through Sunday's games 11/10]
Also represented on the region's top-10 list are Marquette (18-3-0), Georgetown (15-2-2) and Louisville (12-5-1) in the top-three.
Monmouth, which is ranked 55th in the latest RPI, has outscored its opposition 39-6 over its 20 games and has registered a 0.29 goals against average during that span. In the latest NCAA rankings, goalkeeper Ashley Lewis (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro), the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP, ranks third nationally in goals-against-average (0.33) and sixth in save percentage (.891), while the Blue & White stand third in save percentage (.898).
Monmouth is the only team with a single loss on its record in the Northeast Region poll.
Rounding out the top-10 in this week's poll are DePaul (13-5-2), Rutgers (13-4-4), South Florida (10-4-6), St. John's (11-5-3), Connecticut (11-9-0), UMBC (13-5-2) and Saint Francis (13-7-1).
The Hawks, who were last ranked in the region in October 2011 prior to this season, opened the year with five straight victories for the second time in program history. With 17 overall victories so far in 2013, the Hawks tied the program-mark for wins set in 1994 and matched in both 1995 and 1996. Monmouth has posted a double-digit victory total for the eighth straight season.
Monmouth, which earned the MAAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, returns to action on Friday, November 15, when the Hawks travel to #24 Penn State for an NCAA First Round match at Jeffrey Field, at 7:30 p.m.
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