WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman forward Gina Righini (Salem, N.H.) was named to the women's soccer All-Patriot League Second-Team earlier today. Righini collected Second-Team recognition after leading the Crusaders in goals (four) and points (eight) with a team-high 29 shots this season. Her four goals stand sixth in the Patriot League amongst leading goal scorers.
In both of the Holy Cross victories this season, Righini tallied the game-winning effort. The first came on Sept. 9 in a 2-0 victory over Central Connecticut and the second occurred on Sept. 14 when Righini scored the winning goal with a header in the last minute of regulation to beat Bryant 1-0.
The Patriot League Women's Soccer Tournament starts Friday with both semifinal contests. No. 1 seed Colgate will host fourth-seeded Army at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last year's semifinal. In the 2010 edition of the matchup, the Black Knights were the top seed and host and defeated the fourth-seeded Raiders 1-0 in overtime. The second semifinal will pit No. 2 Lafayette against third-seeded Navy at 8 p.m.
Sunday's championship match will take place at 1 p.m. All three matches are slated for Van Doren Field on Colgate's campus in Hamilton, N.Y.
2011 All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards
Jillian Kinter, Colgate, Jr., F
Kim An, Army, So., F
Jenna Raepple, Colgate, Fr., F
Murphee Greeley, Lehigh, So., F
Tara Cort, Bucknell, Sr., M
Ashlynn Soellner, Navy, So., M
Michelle Montilio, American, Jr., M
Molly McGuigan, Army, So., D
Kate Herren, Navy, Sr., D
Genna Pepe, Lehigh, Sr., D
Lauren Smedley, Lafayette, Jr., GK
Gina Righini, Holy Cross, Fr., F
Jasmine Mohandesi, American, Jr., F
Errin Helbling, Army, Sr., F
Joey Molacek, Army, So., M
Caroline Brawner, Colgate, Fr., M
Janelle Pierson, Lafayette, Sr., M
Julia Stallard, Army, Sr., M
Maddie Malone, Colgate, Sr., D
Alex Reisinger, Lafayette, Fr., D
Catherine Galgano, Lafayette, So., D
Monica Lee, Army, Sr., GK
Alexes Lopez-Shaw, Navy, So., GK
Sandita McDermott, Bucknell, Jr., GK
Offensive Player of the Year Jillian Kinter, Colgate, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year Molly McGuigan, Army, So.
Goalkeeper of the Year Lauren Smedley, Lafayette, Jr.
Rookie of the Year Jenna Raepple, Colgate, Fr.
Coach of the Year Mick Statham, Lafayette