SLU women win Wellesley Invitational; Shatkin named MVP
Junior midfielder Devon Shatkin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Wellesley Invitational as St. Lawrence University's women's soccer team won the tournament title with a 2-0 win over the host team on Sunday afternoon.
Shatkin was a key to a stifling defensive performance by the Saints in the two games in the tournament. The Saints limited Simmons College to two shots on goal in a 5-0 win on Saturday and allowed Wellesley a total of eight shots, just four on goal, in the championship game.Sophomore Brooke Hessney scored her first collegiate goal on a rebound off an indirect kick with Katharine Polido assisting 28:49 into play to give the Saints the early lead and Betsy Lucas scored her first of the season off a deflection from Stephanie Sayward to give the Saints an insurance goal with 3:46 to go in regulation time.
"It was an exciting game to watch," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "Wellesley did a lot of good things and it was a very good game. It was an excellent game for us...we did a fantastic job of moving the ball and had very strong movement off the ball. Defensively we were very solid in the back and Abby van Geldern did a great job of stepping up with a couple of big saves. I was very pleased with our work rate this weekend and the team did a great job of bouncing back after a tough loss on Tuesday."
The Saints outshot Wellesley 15-8 for the game and each team had two corner kicks. Wellesley goalkeeper Sarah Gray had eight saves while van Geldern earned her third solo shutout of the year with four stops for theSaints.