Nov. 1, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of October 24-30, it was announced today by the conference. This marks the second time this season and third time in her career that the defender has been recognized by the conference as she was honored for the same feat last season during the week of October 19-25 and earlier this season during the week of September 19-25.

On the week, Place led the UMass Boston defensive unit to 180 minutes of scoreless soccer and a pair of victories. The stopper from Newton, NJ played a critical role in the shutouts over Framingham State and Rhode Island College. Place assisted on each of the Beacons' goals and held two of the conference's leading scorers without a point vs. RIC. The victory over Rhode Island College secured the No. 4 seed and a home-field match for UMass Boston in the upcoming Little East Championship. Earlier in the week, the Beacons were just the third team to post a shutout against Framingham State in their 2-0 win.

A graduate of Kittatinny High School, she has been an integral part of a defense that has not allowed an opponent goal in over 350 minutes of action. The Beacons currently boast a 1.10 goals against average and are holding opponents to .092 shot percentage.

Place has enjoyed an outstanding two seasons for UMass Boston in which she has been selected a Little East Conference Second Team All-Star following both her freshman and sophomore campaigns. In 53 career matches, she has made 42 starts, while netting four goals and dishing for six assists for 14 points.

The Beacons are enjoying one of the greatest seasons in school history, posting a 12-4-3 mark including a 4-3 standing in Little East Conference action to rank fourth in the LEC. For the third straight season they will host a quarterfinal playoff game on Tuesday, November 2 vs. the University of Southern Maine at 2:00 p.m. In their only meeting of the season, UMass Boston defeated Southern Maine, 4-1, on September 18.