Women's Soccer Adds Pair Of Northeastern Transfers
Jan. 25, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer head coach Ed Matz has announced the addition of two transfers, 5-7 midfielder Erin McGaffigan and 5-4 goalkeeper Stephanie Gordon. The duo will join the Minutewomen for the 2011 season, coming to Amherst from Northeastern.
"I am very excited to have Steph and Erin join our program here at UMass," said Matz. "Both will bring a great deal of experience and leadership to our program."
McGaffigan, who will enter her senior season this fall, appeared in 52 career games for the Huskies, tallying three assists. She was instrumental in helping lead Northeastern to its first ever CAA championship in 2008, assisting on the game-winning goal in the conference semifinals vs. James Madison and solidifying the squad's midfield throughout the CAA and NCAA Tournament.
After battling injury the past two seasons, McGaffigan came back to start the final seven games for Northeastern in 2010.
" Erin can play several positions on the field and will be a very important factor in our efforts to get back to the A-10 Tournament in 2011," said Matz.
Gordon, who will enter her junior campaign in 2011, departed Northeastern holding the school's all-time record for career goals-against average at 1.09. In 2009, she led the Huskies to a CAA regular season crown with a record of 12-3-2 with six shutouts, a 0.96 goals-against average and a .859 save percentage, on her way to an All-CAA second team nod.
In 2008, Gordon backstopped Northeastern to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as the squad advanced past Harvard, 4-2 on penalty kicks. In the closing seconds of regulation against the Crimson, she came up with a clutch save to force extra time.
"Steph is a goalkeeper that just knows how to win," Matz said. "She was one of the top goalkeepers in CAA and I am confident that will carry over to the Atlantic 10. She is a great shot blocker, rarely gives up a rebound and has tremendous feet. After taking a year off to transfer, I am glad we have her here this spring to work with and prepare for 2011."
The Minutewomen open their 2011 campaign on Tuesday, Aug.23, on the road at New Hampshire.
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