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    Women’s Soccer Loses Close Game in America East Championship

    The Seawolves season came to an end on Sunday, when the team was defeated in the America East Championship by the Boston University Terriers (2-1).

    The game began with a flurry of fouls. The teams combined for four fouls in the first five minutes and 14 in the first half. The Seawolves were under constant pressure by the Terriers offense that took eight shots on goal in the first half. Marisa Viola saved each of the shots and the game was scoreless at halftime.

    As play resumed in the second half, the Boston offense continued to attack. They fired 13 more shots on goal and jumped out to a 2-0 lead, after scoring in the 71st minute and then again in the 73rd minute.

    Finally, the Seawloves broke the back line of the Boston defense and got on the scoreboard. Dominique Adamo scored her first goal of the season and brought the Seawolves within one goal of tying the game, with three minutes remaining. Boston’s defense held strong, preventing the Seawolves from making a last second comeback. With the win the Terriers became won the A.E. championship title for the second straight year.

    “The one thing that we are proud of most as a coaching staff, is the effort of the players,” assistant coach Steve Welham said. “They fought hard to the end and that is the way that they have been all season.”

    The Seawolves win streak was snapped at three games with the loss. In those games, the team outscored their opponents 10-2, defeating Binghamton twice and Maine once. The Seawolves lost to Boston for the second time this season. Both loses were on the road and had were both decided by a single goal.

    Despite the loss, the attitude of the team is positive.

    “The freshman and junior players were able to experience what it is like to go far into the post season,” Welham said. “I think that they showed a lot of growth and maturity that will carry over to next season.”

    While some of the players will be graduating this year, some of the star players of the Seawolves will return eyeing the A.E. title next year. The America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, Marisa Viola will be a senior next year. Viola finished the season leading the league with 132 saves and denying over 80% of opponent shots on goal. The A.E. Rookie of the Year, Colleen McKenna will go into her sophomore year and rejoin the Seawolves next season. McKenna led the league with nine goals and three assists on the season.

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