Scroope names captains, assistant coaches for 2010 season

NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University women's soccer head coach Kerri Scroope has named senior Maggie Cahillane (Springfield, Mass.) and juniors Maggie Kane (Bangor, Maine) and Liz Galla (Beacon Falls, Conn.) team captains for the 2010 season. Additionally, Scroope announced that former Seahawk student-athletes Samantha Sandland and Katie Vieira will serve as assistant coaches.


Cahillane started all 19 games on defense last year for SRU while Kane appeared in 14 games (10 starts) on the backline, registering one assist. Galla finished second on the team with 13 goals and 30 points. For her efforts, she was a Second Team All-The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) selection in 2009.


"I'm very excited to have these three outstanding student-athletes as captains for the 2010 season," said Scroope, who guided the Seahawks to an 11-8 (8-5 TCCC) mark last season. "Each of them brings a unique and dynamic quality to our team that will help continue to push our squad towards our goal of winning a conference championship."


Sandland was a four-year member of the Salve Regina soccer program who graduated in 2009. As a senior, she received the Seahawk Spirit Award, which is presented to an individual who is recognized by the college community for undying support, in a positive manner, for all Seahawk sports, athletes, and staff. Sandland is currently a non-verbal autistic teacher at Pathways Strategic School.


Vieira, meanwhile, played softball under Scroope at Salve Regina and is currently enrolled in law school at Roger Williams. She received the Meghan Strathman Award as a senior in 2009, which is presented annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates a commitment to academics and athletics and is actively involved in athletic department leadership opportunities, community service and other campus activities. Vieira will also coach softball alongside Scroope in the spring.


"I was fortunate to coach both Sam and Katie for two of their four years here, and I'm thrilled that these young women have chosen to join my staff," said Scroope. "It says a lot about how much they enjoyed their time here, that they were so eager and willing to come back and work with our student-athletes."


The Seahawks open the 2010 season on Sept. 1 when they host WPI at Gaudet Field at 6:30 p.m.