Nov. 2, 2010

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Women's Soccer Co-Defensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of October 24-30, it was announced today by the conference. She shares the honor with Lasell College junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Stickley. Coscia was also named the Little East Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for her efforts last week.

The freshman keeper did not surrender a goal in 180 minutes of action to earn a pair of shutout victories for UMass Boston this past week. The native of Pittsfield, MA stopped six shots in the 2-0 win over Framingham State, while making five saves against Rhode Island College in the Beacons 2-0 shutout. She has not allowed a marker in her last 440 minutes of action, a streak spanning five matches.

The Pittsfield High School product is enjoying one of the greatest season in net by a UMass Boston keeper. Coscia owns a 1.07 goals against average in 1683:12 minutes of play to rank third among conference leaders, while posting a .825 save percentage to stand third in the LEC. The keeper is tied for the league lead with eight shutouts for a 0.42 shutouts per match average (first) and 5.05 saves per contest (fifth), while owning a 13-4-2 record. Her 13 wins is a new program record while her eight shutouts on the year shattered the previous program record of three. She currently owns a streak of 440:36 minutes without allowing a goal and has posted four consecutive shutouts including a 1-0 win over Southern Maine in the Little East Conference quarterfinals to help UMass Boston advance to the LEC semifinals for the third consecutive season.

The Beacons are enjoying one of the greatest seasons in school history, posting a 13-4-3 mark. They will be back in action on Thursday, November 4 when they head to Mansfield, CT to face the \#1 seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in the Little East Conference semifinals. In their only meeting of the season, the Warriors defeated UMass Boston, 3-0, on October 2. The two teams also met in last year's semifinals on November 5, 2009 as the \#2 seeded Warriors earned a 4-0 victory to advance to the LEC championship game in which they would defeat Keene State College, 1-0, in Keene, NH to advance to the NCAA tournament.