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November 10, 2010

 

2010 Rhode Island College Womenís Soccer
Season Summary
(9-7-1 Overall; 2-5 in the Little East Conference)

Providence, R.I.óHead Coach Mike Koperdaís (Career record: 14-35-2, .294) team finished the 2010 season with a 9-7-1 (.562 winning percentage) overall record and a 2-5 (fifth place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. The 2010 season marks the largest year-to-year improvement in the programís 16-year history; the Anchorwomen finished 3-12 (.200) and 0-7 in the Little East in 2009. Season highlights included a five-game winning streak to start the season and a 6-3 record at home.

 

 

 

Senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) closed out her four-year career as an Anchorwoman having played in 63 games, starting 59 of them. For her career, she was 20-39-2 with a 2.65 goals against average, a .773 save percentage and seven shutouts. Her 569 career saves are a program record.

 

As a senior in 2010, she played in 16 games, starting all of them. Pirri was 8-6-1, with a 3.25 goals against average, 167 saves and a .777 save percentage in 1,330:27 minutes.  Although Pirri did not record a shutout, she did play the majority of minutes in shutout victories over Mitchell (4-0 on Sept. 11) and UMass Dartmouth (4-0 on Sept. 18). Pirri registered seven double-digit save efforts, including a staggering 26 in a non-conference tie at Lasell on Oct. 26. Her strong performances led the Anchorwomen to a winning record despite being outshot by a substantial margin, 448-256, on the campaign. She was named the Little East Conference Goalkeeper of the Week once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2009, Pirri played in 15 games, starting all of them. She was 3-12 with one shutout, a 3.41 goals against average, 174 saves and a .777 save percentage. Pirri made a season-high 20 saves in the, 5-0, loss to Keene State on Oct. 3. She recorded double-digit save efforts in 10 of the 15 games she saw action in. Her 174 stops were the fourth-most in a season in program history.

 

As a sophomore in 2008. She played in 19 games, starting all of them. Pirri was 2-16-1 with a 2.97 goals against average, 149 saves and a .723 save percentage in 1,730 minutes. She earned two shutout victories on the year, helping RIC blank Pitt.-Bradford, 4-0, on Aug. 30 and with a 10-save effort in the Anchorwomenís, 2-0, win over LEC rival Southern Maine in the season finale on Nov. 1. Pirri reached double digits in saves on seven occasions this fall, making a season-high 14 stops vs. Bridgewater State on Sept. 23.

 

As a freshman in 2007, Pirri appeared in 13 games, starting 10 of them. She was 7-5 with four shutouts to go along with a 1.07 goals against average, 79 saves and a .868 save percentage in 1,011 minutes of action. Her 1.07 GAA was a new RIC record for a single season. Pirri was named the Little East and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week once on the season, while earning LEC Rookie of the Week honors once.

 

She is a criminal justice major with a minor in sociology and is a 2006 graduate of Middletown High School.

 

Senior midfielder Alicia Lardaro (Peace Dale, RI) finished her four-year career as an Anchorwoman playing in 62 games, starting 44 of them. Lardaro ended her career with two goals and three assists for seven total points.  Both of her goals came against Bridgewater State.

 

As a senior in 2010, she played in 17 games, starting all of them. Lardaro registered a career-high three points on the season, all coming on assists. Two of her helpers proved indispensible in one-goal victories over Framingham State (4-3 on Oct. 12) and Westfield State (3-2 in double overtime on Oct. 19).

 

As a junior in 2009, Lardaro played in 15 games, starting nine of them. She had one goal for two points. Lardaro scored her lone goal in the 3-1 loss to Bridgewater State on Sept. 22. She was named to the Little East Conferenceís Fall All-Academic Team.

 

As a sophomore in 2008, she played in 19 games, starting 18 of them. She had one goal for two points, netting her first collegiate marker vs. Bridgewater State on Sept. 23. She was named to the Little East Conferenceís Fall All-Academic Team.

 

As a freshman in 2007, Lardaro played in 11 games.

 

Lardaro is a secondary education major with a concentration in social studies, a minor in anthropology and is a 2006 graduate of South Kingstown High School

 

Junior defender Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI) played in 15 games, starting all of them.

 

Junior forward Ashley Choiniere (Hope, RI) was named First Team All-Little East. She played in 17 games, starting all of them. Choiniere had 14 goals and 14 assists for 42 points. She scored at least one point in all but four of RICís contests in 2010 as the Anchorwomen posted a record of 9-3-1 in matches when she contributed at least one point. She netted the game-winner in a particularly prolific effort against Framingham State on Oct. 12, a match in which she tallied two goals and an assist for five total points. Choiniere also had five points by the same formula in a 3-1 win over Bridgewater State on Sept. 21.  She eclipsed the program record for single season assists with her 11th of the year on a dramatic, game-winning goal by teammate Alexis Smith which lifted the Anchorwomen to a 3-2 overtime win over Westfield State on Oct. 19, a match in which Choiniere again amassed five points. She was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

Junior forward Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI) played in 17 games, starting all of them. Smith finished the season with 17 goals and 10 assists for 44 points, setting new program records for goals and points in a single season. Smith made an immediate impact, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Opening Day at Johnson & Wales on Sept. 4. Smith had three hat tricks on the season in a 4-0 victory over Mitchell on Sept. 11, in a 6-1 win at Thomas College on Sept. 28 and finally in a 4-4 double overtime tie at Lasell on Oct. 26. She had another six-point performance, by way of two goals and two assists, in a dramatic, 4-3, win over Framingham State on Oct. 12. She broke the program records for points (formerly 10) and assists (formerly 35) on the same play, the aforementioned goal assisted by Choiniere to lift RIC to an overtime victory over Westfield State on Oct. 19. Smith had four game-winning goals on the season.

 

Sophomore defender Sarah Fagan (West Kingston, RI) played in 12 games, starting all of them. After being sidelined by injury for five games, Fagan helped the Anchorwomen make a late run and finish the season with a winning record.

 

Sophomore midfielder Melanie Goes (East Providence, RI) played in 16 games starting one of them. Goes earned one point on the season, which came on an assist in a 6-1 victory at Thomas College on Sept. 28. She saw significant minutes in most matches, and settled into a role as the first player off the bench by seasonís end.

 

Sophomore midfielder Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) played in 16 games starting 15 of them. Lazar tallied 10 total points on the season on two goals and six assists. Both goals came in RICís, 4-0, conference victory over UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 18. Her first goal in that match was the game-winner.

 

Sophomore midfielder Jackie Lima (Westerly, RI) played in eight games off the bench for the Anchorwomen in 2010. 

 

Freshman defender Cassy Arines (Warwick, RI) played in 12 games for the Anchorwomen in 2010, including her first collegiate start at Thomas on Sept. 30.

 

Freshman defender Theolinda Augustin (Pawtucket, RI) played in 14 games, starting 11 of them. Augustin was in the starting lineup on Opening Day, and remained in that capacity for most of the season.

 

Freshman midfielder Amber Durning (West Warwick, RI) made three appearances off the bench in her rookie season.

 

Freshman goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) played in seven games, starting two of them. Fisher went 1-1 with a team-best 2.19 goals against average, and a team-leading .786 save percentage, to go along with 22 saves in limited action. Fisher won her first collegiate start, making four saves in a 6-1 win at Thomas College on Sept. 28.

 

Freshman forward Stephanie Goetz (Pascoag, RI) appeared in three games off the bench for RIC in 2010, scoring one goal for two points. Goetz scored on the only shot of her college career, which came in a 4-0 victory over Mitchell on Sept. 11.

 

Freshman forward Mariah Gonzalez (Harrisville, RI) played in the first 10 games of the season, starting all of them, before having her season abruptly ended by a concussion. Gonzalez had three points on the season coming on one goal and one assist.  Her lone marker of the season came in RICís, 5-3, win at Salve Regina on Sept. 14. She was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

Freshman midfielder Jessica Graham (Wakefield, RI) had the most productive season among the 2010 freshmen class. She played in 17 games, starting all of them, with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. Graham finished third on the team in goals and points, and earned Little East Conference Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending Oct. 3. In that one week, Graham tallied three of her goals and two of her assists, including a six-point performance featuring two goals in a 6-1 win at Thomas College on Sept. 28. Grahamís goal in a 3-1 loss at Connecticut College on Oct. 6 gave her a streak of three consecutive matches with a goal scored. She scored the game-winning goal in RICís, 2-1, victory over Southern Maine on Oct. 23.

 

Freshman forward Amanda Nanni (Harrisville, RI) played in all 17 games and started 12 of them. Nanni finished the year with two goals and four points, all of which came in a two-goal effort, which included the game-winner, in the, 5-3, win at Salve Regina on Sept. 14. 

 

Freshman defender Hannah Peterson (Colchester, CT) played in 17 games, starting all of them.

 

Freshman defender Sara Sands (Minot, ME) played in 13 games, starting seven of them.

 

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