Nov. 3, 2008

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Katherine Wall (Arlington, MA) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of October 27 to November 2, it was announced today by the conference. It's the second time this season that she has earned the award, having been selected for the week of September 15-21. The accolade also marks the fourth time this season that a UMB women's soccer player has earned the honor. Freshman Taylor Massmann (Kingston, MA) was tabbed for the week of October 6-12 and sophomore Lauren Vargas (Rochester, MA) was chosen as the defensive player of the week for September 29 to October 5.

Wall anchored a defense that allowed just one goal in 200 minutes of play for a 0.45 goals against average. The senior helped the Beacons hold host Framingham State College to just one goal in 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw on October 28 and keyed the UMass Boston defensive effort vs. Plymouth State University in a 1-0 shutout on November 1 on the campus of UMB.

The sweeper has played in 17 of 19 matches on the season, starting all of them, while an integral part of a defense that has allowed the fewest goals in a season in school history. Wall's effort in the backfield has also led to a school-record matching total of five shutouts on the year

An Arlington High School graduate, Wall was a captain as both a sophomore and junior for the Beacons and currently ranks second on the program's all-time games played list with 66, while starting all but two of them. The defender has seen time as a midfielder during her career as well and stands fourth on the career points (24) and goals (nine) list at UMass Boston, while ranking fifth in lifetime assists with six.

The Beacons are currently 7-10-2 on the season, including a 3-3-1 mark in Little East Conference play to give them 10 points and the number four seed heading into the LEC tournament. UMass Boston has already set a school-record for victories and will play its first-ever playoff game when it hosts number five seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, November 4 in the league quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.