July 14, 2009
Seniors Elizabeth Speck and Marisha Schumacher-Hodge were both named the most valuable players of the Boston University women's soccer team after guiding the Terriers to a perfect America East regular season as well as their sixth conference title in the last nine years. They graduate from BU as members of the only senior class to appear in four straight NCAA tournaments.
A three-time America East All-Conference First Team selection, Schumacher-Hodge was tabbed the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Women's Soccer Championship after leading BU to its third league crown in four seasons. Recently named an America East Scholar-Athlete, she was called into the Boston Breakers' preseason camp in February after a standout senior campaign where she reclaimed her title as the conference's Midfielder of the Year and led the team in points (5g, 2a, 12p). In addition, she was named to ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District Second Team and was an NSCAA Scholar All-American.
On the opposite end of the field, Speck garnered America East All-Conference Second Team honors for the first time in her career and was later named the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player, as she helped anchor one of the nation's stingiest backlines, which finished 15th in the country in goals-against average (0.62) and tied a program record for shutouts (12). Speck was later selected to the annual NEWISA Senior Bowl, which yearly picks a roster of seniors from around New England to play in an all-star game.
The BU senior class of Meredith Beaton, Mallory Doyle, Jennifer Herman, Shannon Mullen, Speck and Schumacher-Hodge graduated as one of the program's most successful classes in its history with 53 wins, a .672 winning percentage and four straight trips to the NCAA tournament - the only group to accomplish that feat in BU women's soccer history. The 2008 squad broke a record for consecutive wins in a season (9), and tied records for unbeaten streak (12), shutouts (12) and consecutive games not shut out (12).