Season Preview: Women's Soccer

Season Preview: Women's Soccer

Looking Ahead to the 2019 Season: Seth Brown enters his seventh season as the Head Coach for the Mariners.

"We are really looking forward to this group of players establishing this team's identity in the NAC," said Brown. "Coming off a great 2018 season, the returning players are hungry for the program's first NAC Championship and understand the full season effort that must be given to achieve that goal."

The squad returns three 2018 NAC First Team selections: junior goalkeeper Emily Conway (Charleston, S.C.), senior midfielder Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) and sophomore midfielder Margot Simeon (Findlay, Ohio).

"There are a lot of new faces on the team this year and some big shoes to fill, how quickly our younger players adapt to the college game will certainly determine how quickly we find the team on the good side of results," added Brown. "I am looking forward to seeing this group strive towards reaching each of their team and individual goals both on the field and in the classroom."

The Captains: Coach Brown has named Lilah Chaar (Stockton Springs, Maine), Eryn Doiron and Caitlin Paradis (Ashland, Maine) as captains for the 2019 season.

"Lilah has developed technically and tactically each year," said Brown. "She provides us with an opportunity to utilize her strengths in multiple areas of the field."

"Eryn has established herself as a strong attacking player in our league," said Brown. "We are looking for her to now carry on that same attacking flare while also guiding our younger players on the field."

"We will rely heavily on Caitlin's ability to organize our back line and provide composure while we are in possession," said Brown. "For four years she has accepted and thrived in every role we have thrown at her, this year will be no exception."

"All three captains are coming off fantastic summer internships which has helped them be more prepared to lead our team," added Brown. "I know that each of these players will carry the message of our staff onto the field and in the locker room each day."

Season Opener: The Mariners will open up the 2019 season with five-straight home games, beginning with Berry College on Friday, August 30.

Maine Maritime will host NESCAC's Bates College on Tuesday, September 3 before hosting the three-day Maritime Cup, beginning on Friday, September 6 against Massachusetts Maritime, and wrapping up with a game against SUNY Maritime on Sunday, September 8.

Against Berry: The Mariners are 0-2 all-time against Berry College, with the last meeting coming in 2015 in Georgia. In each previous matchup, Berry has defeated the Mariners 4-0.

Conference Play: Maine Maritime will host in-state rival Husson University on Saturday, September 14 for their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener and Soccer Friends/Family/Alumni Day at 3:30 pm before hitting the road to take on SUNY Delhi on Saturday, September 21.

NAC Preseason Poll: Maine Maritime Academy received six first-place votes and 77 points to claim the top spot in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) 2019 Women's Soccer preseason poll. Thomas finished in second place with 67 points, while the 2018 NAC Champions, UMaine-Farmington, snagged two first-place votes and 64 points for third. Husson earned the final first-place vote and 61 points to secure fourth.

New to the NAC, SUNY Delhi landed in the middle with 41 points and fifth place. SUNY Canton tallied 35 points and sixth place, and NVU-Johnson earned seventh place with 27 points. UMaine-Presque Isle (17 points) and NVU-Lyndon (16 points) finished in eighth and ninth place, respectively.

The 2019 season is shaping up to be a very competitive year. Maine Maritime placed five players on the 2018 All-Conference First Team, including Player of the Year, Makayla Lewis, and Defensive Player of the Year, Susana DeFrank. Thomas players earned three spots, UMaine-Farmington earned two, and Husson filled the final place on the First Team. More than half of the All-Conference First and Second Team players are returning to the pitch for another season.

In the tournament last year, #4 Husson defeated #5 SUNY Canton, 3-0, in a quarterfinal matchup before falling to top-seeded Thomas, 2-1, in the semifinal round. UMaine-Farmington (UMF) won the 2018 NAC Women's Soccer Championship as the third-seed heading into the tournament. They were also picked to finish third in the preseason poll. The Beavers defeated #6 NVU-Johnson, 5-0, in a quarterfinal game, and then upset both the #2 seed, Maine Maritime (1-0, semifinals) and the #1 seed, Thomas College (3-1, finals) to claim the NAC title. UMF advanced to the NCAA national championship tournament, where they lost in the first round to the eventual national runner-up, Middlebury.

All nine teams open the 2019 season over Labor Day Weekend. Conference matchups begin on September 14 and continue through October. The top six teams will qualify for the 2019 conference championship tournament, which begins with quarterfinal games on the first weekend in November. The semifinal and championship games are on November 9-10, at the site of the top seed. The NAC champion will advance to the 2019 NCAA women's soccer tournament.

2019 NAC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Maine Maritime Academy 77 (6)
2. Thomas 67
3. UMaine-Farmington 64 (2)
4. Husson 61 (1)
5. SUNY-Delhi 41
6. SUNY-Canton 35
7. NVU-Johnson 27
8. UMaine-Presque Isle 17
9. NVU-Lyndon 16

Click HERE to view the complete NAC Preseason Poll.

Looking Back at 2018: Last season the Mariners went 11-4 overall, the best record in program history, and 6-1 in the NAC to clinch the second seed in the NAC Tournament. The Mariners fell to the third-seeded UMaine-Farmington Beavers 1-0, in the NAC Semifinals.