COACH RUDY ON LIMA: "It's nice to have her back; we wish we would have had her for all four years. But what we're getting is something that may be better, a fifth-year senior. She and T-Rod are an extra year mature on everyone else. Often I find that gives you a confidence level that a regular four-year senior might not have. She's creative and skillful, the best player to come out of Amherst Regional High School, possibly ever. It's nice to have her back and we're looking forward to her doing some great things here."
AS A R-SENIOR IN 2008: Game-By-Game Stats
AS A SENIOR IN 2007: Redshirted
AS A JUNIOR IN 2006 (AT SALEM STATE): Transferred to Salem State and impressed by starting 15 of 17 games with nine goals and three assists good for 21 points ... Also added 32 shots with two game-winning tallies.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005: Played in 14 games, starting once against Vermont (9/18) ... Tallied nine points on the season (4g, 1a), with seven coming in conference play (3g, 1a) ... The point total was second to only Britt Canfield on the Minutewomen and the four goals were tied with Canfield for first ... Was very efficient, converting only five total shots into her four goals with the .800 shooting percentage by far and way leading the team ... The shots came vs. Duquesne (two on 10/14) and one each vs. Saint John's (9/11), St. Bonaventure (10/2) and George Washington (10/21) ... Scored first-career goal in 1-1 tie vs. Saint John's ... Scored a goal in 2-0 victory vs. St. Bonaventure (10/2) ... Registered a season-high two goals vs. Duquesne (10/14).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2004: Played in 10 games finishing with one point on one assist ... The assist came vs. Holy Cross on 9/27 ... Finished with seven shots overall, one of which was on goal.
BEFORE UMASS: A 2004 graduate of Amherst Regional High School ... Lettered three years for coach Derek Shea ... Was a team captain her senior year and was recognized as two-time All-Western Mass., two-time All-League and All-State in 2003 ... Played for Sunfoot Soccer Club, Western United and New England Mutiny.
PERSONAL: Vanessa Lima ... Born February 22, 1986, in Dorchester, Mass. ... Daughter of Chris Monteiro and Claudine Lima ... Sister of Rachelle, Diego, and Noah Monteiro ... An African American Studies major.
Career Statistics Year GP GS G A Pts Shots GWG 2004 10 0 0 1 1 7 0 2005 14 1 4 1 9 5 0 2006(SSU) 15 15 9 3 21 32 2 2008 16 14 2 1 5 21 1 Career 55 30 15 6 36 65 3