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Women’s soccer lands pair on America East all-championship team
Kucharski, Pape selected after steering BU to semifinals
November 9, 2011Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton women’s soccer players Taylor Kucharski and Emily Pape have been selected to the America East All-Championship team, the conference announced recently. The pair led the Bearcats to the tournament semifinals, where the team’s impressive late-season run ended with a narrow 2-1 loss to eventual champion Boston University. The semifinal berth was Binghamton’s sixth in the last eight years and the postseason berth was the program’s seventh in that same time period.
“I thought both TK and Pape played very strong in our playoff run,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “TK gave us energy in the attack and Pape held down the midfield defensively and won a lot of balls for us. The team put forth great efforts in the playoffs and these two were front and center.”
Kucharski, a senior, netted the game-winner in BU’s 1-0 quarterfinal win over host New Hampshire and led the team with three assists and seven points for the season. Pape, a junior, was a stalwart in the center of BU’s midfield all season long and earned all-championship honors for the second time in three years. She was also selected in 2009 after leading the Bearcats to the title game. Both players were in the lineup for all 18 games this fall.
Binghamton (7-10-1) was on the brink of playoff elimination before revving up its offense in late October. The Bearcats struck for eight goals in their last five games and won three games in a row. Of the team’s 10 defeats, nine were by the slimmest of margins and seven were 1-0 setbacks. Only two teams scored more than one goal against the Bearcats all season - Boston and New Hampshire.
McClellan will return seven starters and 19 letterwinners for the 2012 campaign.