BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) garnered 2,076 of 6,338 total votes through the league's social media sites to become the 2013 America East Women's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year. The Retrievers added a No. 10-ranking in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's Northeast Poll.
Also earning honors on Tuesday were UMBC's red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and junior back Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East). The two Retrievers were each recognized nationally for their play last week that resulted in a share of the Retrievers' first regular season title and the No. 1-seed in the upcoming America East Championship.
Quaranta leads the squad with seven goals and 15 points on the season, marking the most by a Retriever since 2005. The forward has increased production since league play began, striking for five of her seven goals and totaling 11 points during the span to tie for second in the America East in scoring during conference action and ranking third in points.
A two-time conference player of the week in 2013, Quaranta posted back-to-back game-winners against league-foes Binghamton and Albany and added the first multiple-goal game of her career versus UMass Lowell. The Baltimore, Md., native stands one shot shy of entering into UMBC's single-season top-10 in shots (55).
Brown, who earned America East Player of the Week honors, was named TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week after igniting a pair of come-from-behind victories for the Retrievers in the final week of the regular season. Brown scored the game-tying goal versus Hartford on Thursday night, the first of two goals over the final 3:25 in a 2-1 victory for the Retrievers. The red-shirt junior added in an assist on the game-winning goal against New Hampshire, capping off UMBC's ninth one-goal victory of the season.
Hummel garnered a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers spot, continuing her outstanding play for the Retrievers. The junior back helped UMBC's defense stay strong in a pair of crucial conference games, holding Hartford and New Hampshire to a combined one corner kick, despite two of its four backline starters missing a contest on the week.
Hummel, who entered the year without a point, brought her season total up to a league-best six assists during conference play. Trailing by one goal with four minutes to go on Thursday against Hartford, Hummel placed a corner kick six yards out in front of the net for Brown to head in for the game's equalizer. On Sunday, the central defender again sparked the come-from-behind win, as her corner kick setup the equalizer with just over seven minutes remaining and her free kick from the far right wing started the scoring sequence for the game-winner 53 seconds later.
Hummel stands one helper shy of entering into UMBC's single-season assists list.
UMBC awaits the winner of Thursday's quarterfinal matchup between No. 4 Hartford and No. 5 Vermont. The black and gold will host semifinal action on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's – Northeast – Poll 10 – October 29, 2013
1. Marquette (15-3-0)
2. Georgetown (14-1-2)
3. Louisville (12-4-1)
4. Connecticut (11-8-0)
5. Rutgers (12-4-2)
6. Monmouth (14-1-2)
7. DePaul (11-3-2)
8. South Florida (9-4-5)
9. St. John's (9-4-3)
10. UMBC (11-5-2)