Oct. 12, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Michelle Cain (Essex, MA) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her play during the week of October 5-11, it was announced today by the conference. She was also named the league's Co-Goalkeeper of the Week last week.
Cain was infallible on the week stopping every shot she saw during 135 minutes of action over two matches. The junior was untested in 45 minutes of work to combine on a 10-0 shutout of Newbury College on October 6. The keeper followed that up with 90 minutes of perfect play vs. Western Connecticut State University, stopping all seven shots she faced, to earn her third shutout of the season and extend her school-record streak of minutes without allowing a goal to 392:23.
A graduate of Manchester Essex Regional High School, Cain has really stepped up, while splitting time in net for the Beacons this season. The keeper leads the Little East Conference with a miniscule 0.41 goals against average and a gaudy .925 save percentage, stopping 37 of 40 shots on net for the year. She ranked 17th in save percentage in the latest NCAA Division III rankings as of October 4, while her goals against average ranked as the 34th best mark in the nation. In her first full season as a goalie for UMass Boston, she leads the squad with 658:31 minutes played and has turned in a 6-0-1 record, in eight matches, while making seven starts. Her win total is the most in school history, while her shutout total is tied for the most in school annals. She has been extremely dependable during the campaign, allowing no more than a goal in any outing this season. Cain has risen to the occasion when tested as well, turning away 10 of 11 shots on net in both 2-1 victories over both Rivier College on September 5 and Lesley University on September 24.
Cain split her time on the field and as a backup goalie during her freshman season, which saw her play in three matches. She played exclusively in the backfield last year and appeared in six matches, while netting her first collegiate goal. The 5'7" keeper currently ranks third on the UMass Boston career wins (six) list, third in shutouts (three) and 10th in minutes played (659).
The Beacons currently own a school-record nine-match unbeaten streak and are 9-2-1 on the season, including 3-0-1 in Little East Conference play to stand second in the league standings. UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, October 17 when it travels to Keene, NH for a showdown with the league's first place team, Keene State College, at 1:00 p.m.