Defense wins championships.

At least, that what the women’s soccer team is hoping after two consecutive shutouts against conference opponents improved the team to 10-3-2 overall and 3-1 in the MAAC.

The Stags beat Niagara 2-0 on Friday and Canisius 3-0 on Sunday, both at Lessing Field.

‘Defensively, we are very organized,’ said senior captain Robyn Decker. ‘There’s only two seniors, and freshmen and sophomores have really stepped up. My sister has done an amazing job.’

Two seniors, Decker and Caroline Downey anchor the defense, which allows 0.46 goals per game, the best mark in the MAAC.’

The rest of the defense is made up of freshmen and sophomores. Robyn’s freshman sister, Alyssa, has started every game she has played along with Kelly Steele ’11.

The Decker sisters and startin g freshman goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau have all played together in the past, as all three are from Connecticut

‘I’ve played with Kelly and my sister forever,’ said Robyn Decker. ‘They have been playing a little more consistent. Especially Kelly [a few games ago,] she played probably the best game of her life.’

Boudreau was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for her performance over the weekend. She made five saves against Niagara and three against Canisius and ranks 46th in the nation in goals-against average, allowing 0.72 per game, and 28th in save percentage, at 0.86.

Freshman Jasmin Corniel also won a weekly award, earning the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. She scored a goal with 12 seconds left against Niagara and netted two goals in the win over Canisius. Corniel is one of the young forwards the Stags have been using. Sophomore Nicole Cavallaro, freshman Spenser Allaway and Corniel all receive significant playing time. Brianna Miller ’12 is also beginning to play more after being limited by an injury.

‘It’s a good problem to have,’ said O’Brien. ‘Bri Miller was out, but now she’s starting to establish herself and we’ll have four girls. We can see whose playing well and sub. You saw what happened today. Jasmin starts on the bench, but then comes in and pitches in two goals. She’s got blazing speed and athleticism. We’ve got a sophomore and three freshmen, so they just need the experience.’

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