Oct. 6, 2008

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week for her play during the week of September 29 to October 5, it was announced today by the conference office. She becomes the third women's soccer player this season to earn top weekly rookie honors for UMB. Freshman midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) earned the award for the week of September 1-7 and freshman forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) was the top rookie for the week of September 22-28.

Despite coming off a knee injury, Place still managed to net her second goal of the season and helped the Beacons' defense register a 2-0 shutout over Little East Conference foe University of Southern Maine on October 2. The defender helped UMass Boston hold University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to just two goals in a double-overtime road tie in LEC play on October 4 to contribute to the team's 0.90 goals against average over 200 minutes of action.

The Kittatinny High School product has been the Beacons' top rookie on defense all season, helping UMass Boston to hold opponents to a 1.94 goals against average in the seven matches that she's played in. She has started every match she's appeared in and currently ranks third on the team with two goals and four points and ranks first among UMB defenders in those categories. Place began the season by netting her first collegiate goal vs. Westfield State College on August 30 in the Husson College Invitational.

The Beacons are currently 3-5-1 on the season, including a 2-0-1 mark in Little East Conference play to give them seven points and a spot atop the league standings as well a school-record for victories in conference play. UMass Boston will be in action again on October 7 when it travels to Brookline, MA to take on Newbury College at 3:00 p.m.