Oct. 5, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Michelle Cain (Essex, MA) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Co-Goalkeeper of the Week for her play during the week of September 28 to October 4, it was announced today by the conference. She shares the award with Megan Dempsey of Keene State College.

Cain did not allow a goal in 200 minutes of action to register a pair of shutouts for the week, while posting a 1-0-1 record and making five saves. The junior stopped all four shots she faced in a 3-0 victory at Becker College on September 29 and turned away the only shot taken on her in a double-overtime 0-0 tie at Little East Conference Eastern Connecticut State University. The tie with the Warriors snapped a 13-match losing streak to them.

A graduate of Manchester Essex Regional High School, Cain has really stepped up, while splitting time in net for the Beacons this season. The keeper leads the Little East Conference with a miniscule 0.52 goals against average and a gaudy .909 save percentage, stopping 30 of 33 shots on net for the year. In her first full season as a goalie for UMass Boston, she has turned in a 4-0-1 record, including a pair of shutouts in six matches, while making five starts. Her win total is already the second-highest for a season in school history, while her two shutouts rank fifth all-time in a season for the Beacons. Cain leads the squad with 523:31 minutes played and has not allowed a goal in her last 267:18 minutes of action. She has been extremely dependable during the campaign, allowing no more than a goal in any outing this season. Cain has risen to the occasion when tested as well, turning away 10 of 11 shots on net in both 2-1 victories over both Rivier College on September 5 and Lesley University on September 24.

Cain split her time on the field and as a backup goalie during her freshman season, which saw her play in three matches. She played exclusively in the backfield last year and appeared in six matches, while netting her first collegiate goal. The 5'7" keeper currently ranks fourth on the UMass Boston career wins (four) list, fifth in shutouts (two) and 10th in minutes played (524).

The Beacons are currently on a school-record seven-match unbeaten streak and are 7-2-1 on the season, including 2-0-1 in Little East Conference play and stands second in the LEC standings. UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, October 6 when it hosts Newbury College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field.