December 9, 2011

Women’s Soccer Earns Four NEWISA All-New England Selections

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's soccer team garnered four NEWISA All-New England accolades this season. Jessica Peacock (Hopedale, MA) and Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, CT) were both selected to the first team while Kiley Horne (Scituate, MA) and Melissa Garabedian (Salem, MA) were second team honorees.

Peacock was one of five players to start all 22 matches this fall for the Warriors. She played an integral role as Merrimack's sweeper, anchoring a defense that allowed just 1.10 goals per game. The senior co-captain finished the season with nine points on three goals and three assists.

Peacock was named the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team Northeast-10 All-Conference pick. She was tabbed to the Daktronics All-Region first team and to the NEWISA Senior Bowl.

Dion ranked second on the team with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. She tallied three game-winners this season and converted her only penalty kick attempt. Dion started all 19 contests which she appeared in this year and was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference first team.

Horne started all 22 matches between the posts on the year and sported a 1.09 goals-against average. She was selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference third team and was a two-time Northeast-10 Conference Goalie of the Week honoree.

The senior paced the league with 1,985 minutes played this season and posted a 16-4-2 record. Horne registered nine clean sheets on the season and stopped 121 shots. She was chosen for the NEWISA Senior Bowl.

Garabedian started 21 games during the 2011 campaign and dished out two helpers on the year. The senior co-captain was selected to the NEWISA Senior Bowl.

The Warriors posted a 16-4-2 overall record in 2011 with an 11-2-1 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. Merrimack earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament and fell to top-seeded Saint Rose in the finals.

The Warriors made their 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament this fall, receiving an at-large berth as the No. 3 seed in the East Region. Merrimack edged Holy Family in penalty kicks in the first round before suffering a 5-0 loss at eventual-National Champion Saint Rose in the second round.

Gabe Mejail's squad reached as high as #14 in the NSCAA National Rankings after rattling off 10-straight wins to open the year. The Warriors owned a 9-0-0 mark on home turf this season, including a pair of postseason victories at Martone-Mejail Field. Merrimack handed Saint Rose its first and only loss of the season in North Andover on October 15.