With a 3-0 victory over Richard Stockton College, the New York University women’s soccer team captured the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Metro Championship on Sunday, November 13, at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.
The ECAC title is the second in Violet history, as the squad also captured the crown in 2001.
With the victory, NYU (14-6) not only won the second ECAC Championship in school history but also broke the school record for victories in a season (the 2001 team held the previous record with a mark of 13-5-1). The 2011 Violets also shattered the school record for goals in a season, netting 49 to break the previous mark of 41 (2000).
“We’re all very excited,” said NYU head coach Michele Canning of the team’s ECAC crown. “We played great soccer tonight, and we’re really happy with how much progress we’ve made over the course of the year.”
Cami Crawford scored two of NYU’s goals in the title game victory over the Ospreys (15-7-4), while Serra Tumay also netted a goal en route to being named the tournament’s Most Oustanding Player. Tumay had a goal and an assist in the Violets’ 3-2 victory over New Jersey City University in the ECAC semifinals.
Crawford opened the scoring just 5:32 in. She took a short drop pass from Natalie Beach at the right edge of the box and placed a shot into the top left corner.
With the Violets controlling possession in the first half, Tumay broke through for a second goal just five minutes before halftime. Claire Shanahan collected a loose ball at the top of the box and played a pass back to Tumay, who also placed a shot into the top left corner.
Crawford sealed the victory in the 71st minute on a fantastic individual effort. She won the ball near midfield and raced all the way downfield to bury a shot past the charging Richard Stockton goalkeeper.
For the game, the Ospreys held a slim 8-7 edge in shots, six of which came in the second half as they fought to get back into it. Meg Patten totaled five saves in goal for the Violets, while Sarah Hinkle made one stop for Richard Stockton.
Tumay finished the season with a team highs of eight assists (tying the single-season school record) and 22 points (fifth-most in a season in school history). Crawford ended 2011 with 20 points, tied for the third-most by a freshman in NYU history.