Women's soccer drops regular season finale to Elms

Photo courtesy of Bill Etzel
Photo courtesy of Bill Etzel

Blazers claim inaugural New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) regular season title

CHICOPEE, Mass. - Elms College junior forward Serina Percoski (Westfield, Mass.) netted her seventh goal of the season and freshman goalkeeper Kelly Callahan (Monson, Mass.) stopped four shots to lead the Blazers to a thrilling 1-0 win over Lesley University in Saturday's New England Collegiate Conference women's soccer showdown at Leary Field.

With the victory, Elms College (9-7 overall, 8-0 NECC) claimed the NECC's first-ever regular season title. In eight conference victories this season, the Blazers outscored its opponents 43-0.

Elms College earned a first round bye in the upcoming six-team NECC Tournament and will now await an opponent to be determined in next Saturday's semifinals.

Lesley (15-3-1, 7-1 NECC), which recently set a school-record for wins in a season, also earned a first round bye and awaits its semifinal opponent.

Percoski scored what stood as the eventual game-winner just 7:53 to give the Blazers a quick 1-0 lead. On the play, junior forward Krystyna Gagne (Methuen, Mass.) broke past a defender and delivered a pass to Percoski, who hammered a shot  over Lesley junior goalkeeper Hailee Lowe (Hamilton, Mass.).

Lowe finished with nine saves for the Lynx in the loss.

                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                        2008 Elms College Women's Soccer
             Lesley vs Elms College (Oct 25, 2008 at Chicopee, MA)

 Lesley (15-3-1,7-1 NECC) vs. Elms College (9-7,8-0 NECC)
 Date: Oct 25, 2008  Attendance: 97

 Goals by period     1  2  Tot
 Lesley...................  0  0 -  0
 Elms College........  1  0 -  1


  1.   7:53 ELMS Serina Percoski (7) (Krystyna Gagne)

 Shots: Lesley 15, Elms College 18
 Saves: Lesley 9 (Hailee Lowe 9), Elms College 5 (Kelly Callahan 4;
 TEAM 1)
 Elms wins eight of their last nine
 Elms wins first ever NECC regular season championship.

Story courtesy of Justin Mokerzecki, Sports Information Director at Elms College