Oct. 26, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of October 19-25, it was announced today by the conference. The defensive honor is the second for a Beacons' player this season as sophomore Taylor Massmann (Kingston, MA) earned the award for the week of October 5-11.

Place was a force on both sides of the field for UMass Boston, helping the team's defense post a pair of shutouts with a 9-0 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy on October 20 and a 2-0 win at Little East Conference foe Plymouth State University on October 23. The sophomore contributed on the offensive end as well with a pair of goals and two assists in two matches to rack up six points. Place netted a goal and added an assist vs. Massachusetts Maritime and the game-winning tally vs. Plymouth State to go with an assist.

The defender currently leads all players in the Beacons' backfield with six points on two goals and two assists, while playing in 13 matches, including six starting assignments. Place underwent offseason knee surgery and has been getting stronger as the season has progressed. A graduate of Kittatinny High School, she has been an integral part of a defense that has posted a school-record seven shutouts this season, including a school-record four straight from October 3-10. Her efforts also contributed to a school-record stretch that saw UMass Boston hold its opponents scoreless for 456:18 consecutive minutes. The Beacons also lead the conference with 0.47 shutouts per match, while ranking third with a 0.98 goals against average.

Place enjoyed an outstanding rookie year for UMass Boston in 2008 and was selected a Little East Conference Second Team All-Star following the season. In 29 career matches, she has made 18 starts, while netted four goals and dishing for four assists for 12 points.

The Beacons are enjoying their finest season ever with an 11-3-1 record, including a 4-1-1 mark in conference play to establish the highest overall and league victory total for a season in school history. UMass Boston is currently tied for second place in the LEC standings and maintained a school-record nine-match unbeaten streak from September 15 to October 10. The Beacons will play again on Tuesday, October 27 when they host Framingham State College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field.