Women’s Soccer Trio Garners NSCAA All-Region Plaudits
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's soccer team placed four players on the NSCAA All-Region squads this season. Jessica Peacock (Hopedale, MA) was selected to the first team while Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, CT) earned second team honors. Freshman Katie Bresciani (Hopedale, MA) was tabbed to the third team after her first collegiate season.
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 All-New England first team as well as earning a spot in 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. She was also chosen to the NEWISA All-New England first team this fall.
Bresciani netted four goals and three assists during the 2011 campaign to finish with 11 points, good for third on the team. The rookie appeared in all 22 contests this season and made 13 starts. She buried two game-winners this year and was selected to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie team. Bresciani opened her collegiate career with a two-goal performance in Merrimack's 2-1 overtime-victory over Molloy.
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.