2016 Women’s Soccer Year in Review
Head Coach: Peter Albright
Record: 9-9-1, 4-6 Atlantic 10 Conference (t-8th)
Conference Tournament: N/A
• The Spiders finished the 2016 season with nine wins, nearly doubling their win total from 2015. Their four conference wins were the most since 2012 when the team finished with a 4-4-1 conference mark.
• The 2016 team finished the season ranked fifth in program history in points (114) and tied for second in points per game (6.00) and assists (42).
• Richmond had the program’s best offensive output since the 2014 season, and second-best since the 2002 season when the Spiders reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
• The Spiders were near the top of the Atlantic 10 in every offensive category, finishing the regular season second in points (114), points per game (6.00), goals (36), goals per game (1.89), assists (42) and assists per game (2.21).
• The Spiders’ 22 nonconference regular-season goals are the third-most all-time and most since the 1997 season when UR tallied 35 in its 12 nonconference contests.
• Three of the 19 teams on the schedule made the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Spiders played three teams in the NCAA Top 50 in the RPI, six of the Top 100 and 10 in the Top 150 (or top half) of 2016.
• Junior Lexi Prillaman was named to the Second team All-Atlantic 10, her second all conference honor of her career. Prillaman led the team in goals (12), assists (8) and points (32), as well as shots (88), shots on goal (48) and game-winning goals (4). She finished the regular season second in the conference in assists (8) and assists per game (0.42), and third in points (32), points per game (1.68), goals (12) and goals per game (0.63).
• Freshmen Brooke Beam and Alyssa Walker were both named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team. Beam finished fourth on the team with 10 points on three goals and four assists, while Walker scored five goals and added two assists to finish third on the team with 12 points
• Senior Meaghan Carrigan was second on the team offensively after coming back from a season-ending injury in 2015. Carrigan scored 11 goals and added three assists for 25 points, good for second on the team in both categories. She led the team with a .282 shot percentage, scoring on 11 of her 39 shots, and ranked fifth in the conference after the regular season in goals per game (0.58) and points per game (1.32).
• Freshman Carlie Blessing finished the season with a 5-6-1 record in goal and a .707 save percentage for the season. Her 65 saves were good for 10th in the conference in 2016.
• Junior Katie Brennan and sophomore Jessica Stanfill also logged time in goal for the Spiders. Brennan played and started in five games, finished season with 16 saves and a .667 save percentage. Stanfill played and started in two games, logging a shutout in the season-opener at Longwood.
• Prillaman was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week on August 30 for her record-tying performance against James Madison. The attacker scored four goals in the game to tie Brooke Sands’ 19-year-old record.
• Prillaman earned Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week honors on August 29.
• Beam was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on August 29 and October 10, while Blessing earned the honor on October 3.
• Prillaman was selected as the Spider Athletics Wells Fargo Athlete of the Week on August 23 and August 30, while Carrigan received the honor on October 24.
• The Spiders had goals scored from seven different players, while they had assists from 15 different players, four more than last season. Five of the seven goal scorers recorded three or more goals on the year.
• Richmond scored a season-high four goals on three different occasions in 2016, in a 4-2 win over JMU, a 4-0 win over American and a 4-3 win over La Salle.