"Not only did we have a great season because we won our region again," Ricciardi said, "but we had such great chemistry and so much heart. It was amazing to watch the players improve and get stronger as a team because they worked hard every day at practice and in games." The Vikings advanced to the NJCAA District G tournament, where their season ended against Monroe Community College of Rochester, N.Y. The season included an eight-game winning streak that included six of its 11 shutouts.
Sophomore Kasey Kenny finished her two-year career as one of the more decorated players in program history. The dynamic forward from Staten Island, N.Y., surpassed the 29 goals she tallied in her National Junior College Athletic Association All-American season of 2008 with 31 goals this fall. She added six assists while earning All-Region 19 and All-Garden State Athletic Conference first-team honors.
With 14 goals, Carolyn Walters was an outstanding No. 2 scorer. The team's assist totals, however, accentuated the Vikings' team-first mentality. Walters had nine assists, while fellow sophomores Erika Juricic had 11 assists to go along with nine goals and Brittany Usarzewicz dished off for six assists with three goals. Newcomers Samantha Biondi, Jess Villalba and Sheila Frank also got into the offensive act. Biondi, a key midfielder, had seven assists with three goals, while Villalba had eight goals and four assists and Frank collected seven goals and four assists.
The defense should be a focal point in 2010 after the success of freshmen Marissa Segal and Brianna Byrne this season. Segal made the All-Region 19 and All-GSAC first teams, while Byrne, the iron-woman in goal, made both second teams. Among midfielders, Caitlin Wilson was a freshman standout and made the All-GSAC first team. Sophomore Alexandra Casperson, who had five goals and three assists, rotated between midfield and defense.
have a strong freshman class that stepped up this year and worked well
with the sophomores," Ricciardi said, "and I know they will
be great leaders next year."
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