Long Island Women Eye NCAA National Titles

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Maggie Bill (28) of North Carolina and Amanda Rooney of USC. Bill photo by Jeffrey Camarati; Rooney photo by USC Athletics

National women’s soccer titles across the NCAA’s top three divisions will be decided this week and several Long Island women have a chance to call themselves champions.

The Division I semifinal will include Maggie Bill of Huntington, a redshirt junior defender at the University of North Carolina, while Amanda Rooney of Hicksville, a redshirt junior midfielder, will play for the University of Southern California.

Bill and the Tar Heels will face West Virginia Friday at 5 p.m. while Rooney and the Trojans will battle Georgetown at 7 p.m. Friday.

This season, Bill has started 22 of North Carolina’s 24 matches to date this season and has been a key member of a defense that has allowed only 14 goals and earned 13 clean sheets.

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A graduate of St. Anthony’s High School, Bill played with the Albertson Soccer Club and was Top Drawer Soccer’s fourth-ranked New York State recruit and No. 84 nationally.

In addition to being a member of the women’s soccer team, Bill also plays lacrosse at North Carolina and is a member for the U.S. Women’s Senior National Team.

At USC, Rooney has appeared in 18 of the Trojans’ 23 matches and scored her first collegiate goal October 17 in the team’s 4-0 win over Oregon. A graduate of Hicksville High School, she played varsity soccer for five years beginning in eighth grade. Rooney was also a member of Albertson Elite Fury for eight years and was selected for the Region 1 Olympic Development Program team for five years. In 2009, she won a national championship with the Long Island Fury.

Division II

Megan Kelly, Long Island
Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly and her Kutztown University teammates will face Western Washington on Thursday at 9 p.m. in one of two Division II national semifinals. A native of Shoreham and graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School, the freshman forward has played in 12 of Kutztown’s 24 matches this season. She scored her lone goal of the season on October 25 in a 5-0 win over Pitt-Johnstown.

Division III

The Division III tournament wraps up this weekend, and in one semifinal Brandeis University will face Washington-St. Louis on Friday at 9:30 p.m. Brandeis includes three Long Islanders; senior goalkeeper Alexis Grossman of Syosset (Syosset High School), senior defender Michaela Friedman of Port Jefferson Station (Comsewogue High School) and sophomore midfielder Becca Buchman of Rockville Centre (South Side High School).

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From left: Alexis Grossman, Michaela Friedman and Becky Buchman. Photos; Grossman and Friedman, Tim Bouwens; Buchman, Sportspix.com

This season, Grossman has been strong in goal compiling a record of 16-3-4 (W-L-T) allowing only 14 goals and racking up 10 clean sheets. Friedman has appeared in 23 matches with 1 goal and 3 assists while Buchman has appeared in 13 matches.