WSOC Puts Four On All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team
Dec. 9, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer seniors Meghan Collins and Julie Morrissey, junior Emily Cota and freshman Moa Mattsson have all earned spots on the 2011 NSCAA Women's Division 1 All-Mid-Atlantic Region teams, it was announced this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Collins was named to the second team, while Cota, Mattsson and Morrissey collected third team honors. It marks the first time since 1997 that four Minutewomen have been represented on the All-Region squads. The most recent all-region honoree from UMass was Therese Smith in 2010.
Collins, who served as a co-captain for the Minutewomen this fall, was recently named to the All-New England first team and was previously tabbed 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, a forward, collected All-New England and All-Atlantic 10 second team nods and earned a spot on the 2011 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 previously earned spots on the All-New England and All-Atlantic 10 second teams and helped UMass advance to the championship match for the first time in 13 years this season. 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.
Mattsson, a midfielder, was named to the All-Atlantic 10 second team as well as the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team. She has started every game of her collegiate career this season with one goal and four assists for six points. She tallied the game winner in a 1-0 victory over Maine, while all her assists of her career during A-10 action. Two of her three helpers came on game-winning goals vs. Fordham and St. Bonaventure. 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.