Three From W. Soccer Named All-New England
Dec. 6, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer seniors Meghan Collins and Julie Morrissey and junior Emily Cota have all been named to the 2012 New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Team, it was announced today. Collins earned a first team selection, while Cota and Morrissey collected second team honors.
It marks the first time since 2003 that the Minutewomen have been represented on the All-New England squads, while three honorees are the most for the program since 1996.
Collins, who served as a co-captain for the Minutewomen this fall, was named an All-Atlantic 10 first team defender and was also selected to the A-10 All-Tournament team after helping UMass advance to the championship match the first time since 1997. One of five players to start all 21 games in 2011, Collins totaled five points on two goals and one assist, including one game-winner. She helped UMass post 11 shutouts on the year, second-most in the A-10 and most by a Minutewomen squad since 1997.
Morrissey was tabbed a 2011 All-Atlantic 10 second team forward and earned a spot on the A-10 All-Tournament team, as well. In her first season at UMass after transferring from Cincinnati, Morrissey led the Minutewomen in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and one assist, surpassing her previous career bests from her time with the Bearcats. One of five players to start all 21 matches, Morrissey totaled six game-winning goals, good for second in the A-10 and fourth all-time in program history for a single season.
Cota was named to the All-Atlantic 10 second team and helped UMass advance to the championship match for the first time in 13 years. She started the last 17 straight games in net for the Minutewomen, playing a total of 1543:07 with a record of 12-4-1, including 10 shutouts. Cota registered a 0.82 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage, while her 10 shutouts is tied for sixth on UMass' all-time single season list and is the most for a Minutewomen netminder since 1988.
The Minutewomen finished the year at 14-5-2, the program's most successful season since 1997 with a No. 46 ranking in the final RPI.