Frostburg State University is predicted to retain their women's
soccer title for the third consecutive year, according to
the 2003 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coaches’ poll.
The Bobcats received five of seven first place votes, followed by a
close race between Penn State Behrend and La Roche College
for two-three in the standings. Frostburg State will be led by Preseason
Player of the
Year Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/ Glen Burnie, MD), a junior
forward who was a first-team All-AMCC selection and a regional
All-America last season. Scoring a team-high 17 goals,
Kotofski led the Bobcats to an upset win in the AMCC championship
game and an independent bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.
Her team will be challenged through the season by both Penn State
Behrend, a perennial force with four AMCC titles to their credit,
and La Roche, the top conference team in the regular season in 2002.
Other players to watch:
GK Stephanie Zych (Guilderland HS/Slingerlands, NY)...Started
every match for FSU to lead AMCC-best team defense (1.38 GAA)...Made a
key save in deciding shootout to win second conference title...Honorable
mention All-AMCC in 2002.
MF Abby Midock (Fox Chapel HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...First team All-AMCC in 2002.
GK Ashley Chehovits (Ambridge
HS/Ambridge, PA)...Team MVP in 2002 for the Redhawks...Second team
All-AMCC last year...1.49 GAA in 2002, with league high 7 shutouts.
F Keri Cameron (Mentor HS/Mentor, OH)...Led team in
scoring with 5 goals last season.
MF Katie Roberts (John F. Kennedy HS/Niles, OH)...Season-ending
injury sidelined her for most of 2002, her freshman year.
PENN STATE ALTOONA
MF Shauna Bupp (Redland HS/Lewisberry, PA)...2002
stats: 16 g, 4 a, 4 game-winning goals...First team All-AMCC...team
MVP...Academic All-Conference honors.
MF Kari Kuhar (Central Cambria HS/Nanty Glo, PA)...9 g, 6 a
in 2002...First team all-conference...Academic All-Conference team.
PENN STATE BEHREND
MF Stephanie Bowen (Peters Twp. HS/Peters Twp., PA)...First team All-AMCC
MF Michelle Newland (Fox Chapel HS/Glenshaw, PA)...Second
team All-AMCC in 2002.
MF Megan Bollinger (Middleburg HS/Kreamer, PA)...Honorable
Mention All-AMCC last season.
D Jen Zebley (Unionville, HS/Kennett Square, PA)...Played the
past three seasons at stopper, was substituted only once...Standout
lacrosse player in high school.
F Jen McIntosh (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...AMCC
Newcomer of the Year in 2002...First team All-Conference as a
freshman...scored 11 g, 13 a (35 points)...Ranked #9 in assists in NCAA
GK Torey Auld (Seneca Valley HS/Zelienople, PA)..AMCC leader in
GAA (1.13) in 2002...First team All-AMCC.