Keefe Named Preseason All-League; Mountain Hawks Picked Sixth

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – With the Mountain Hawks 2021 season opener just 10 days away, the Patriot League announced the preseason women’s soccer poll and individual award winners on Tuesday. Senior defender Erin Keefe has been named to the preseason All-League, while Lehigh has been named sixth and is expected to be promoted to the Patriot League tournament for the fourth time in the past six seasons.

Keefe has gotten better and better over the course of her career. Last season (in the spring) she was named United Soccer Coaches’ third Team All-Region, having also received the All-Patriot League (second team) for the first time in her career. Keefe was an anchor for the Mountain Hawks’ backline, who finished the season in the Patriot League fourth in goals against average (0.60). Lehigh only allowed four goals in six games, including three overtime. Keefe played five games, started them all, and Lehigh got shutouts in three of those games. Keefe has played 41 career games, started 24 and made two assists.

It was predicted that Navy would repeat as champions of the Patriot League, finishing first with 154 points (14 votes for first place). The Mids were followed by Boston University (132 points), Colgate (128, five votes in first place), Army West Point (112), Loyola (104, one vote in first place) and Lehigh (82). The Mountain Hawks were followed by Lafayette (77), Holy Cross (46), Bucknell (45) and American (20).

The Mountain Hawks are working hard in pre-season training and preparing for their season opener next Friday, August 20th in Monmouth. The opening start is at 7:00 p.m.

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2021 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason All-League Team

Jenna Oldham, Boston University, Sr., F
Adrienne Vaughn, Colgate, Sr., F
Ada Tempert, Loyola Maryland, Jr., F.
Lauren Drysdale, Army West Point, M
Hannah Pinkus, Colgate, Sr., M
Victoria Tran, Marine, Sr., M
Ruby Diodati, Colgate, Sr. D
Lyna Schaffer, Colgate, So., D
Erin Keefe, Lehigh, Sr., D
Avery Fries, Marine, Sr., D
Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland, Jr., GK

2021 Patriot League Women Soccer Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Jenna Oldham, Boston University, Sr., F

2021 Patriot League Women Soccer Preseason Midfielder of the Year: Victoria Tran, Marine, Sr., M

Defensive Player of the Year 2021 of the Patriot League in the preseason: Ruby Diodati, Colgate, Sr. D

2021 Patriot League women’s football preseason survey

Marine – 154 (14 votes for first place)
Boston University – 132
Colgate – 128 (5)
Army West Point – 112
Loyola Maryland – 104 (1)
Lehigh – 82
Lafayette – 77
Holy Cross – 46
Bucknell – 45
American – 20th

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