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Saint Rose Women's Soccer Team Wins National NCAA Championship
In 1920, when the League of Nations was being formed, when Woodrow Wilson was president and when the emancipation of women was slowly gaining ground, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet founded The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, under the direction of Sister Mary Blanche Rooney, CSJ. While the new college did have a physical-education teacher by the name of Helen B. Carey, the program was limited to calisthenics and light intramural activities.
Ninety-one years later, on December 3, 2011, The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights, won the 2011 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Championship, beating Grand Valley State by a score of 2-1!
Saint Rose Sophomore Forward Carmelina Puopolo, who scored the most game-winning goals of any player in the country in 2011, scored twice in less than 10 minutes to secure the win for Saint Rose.
The Golden Knights had lost in the national semifinals in each of the previous three seasons.
“It is so awesome to be crying for all of the right reasons,” Saint Rose coach Laurie Gutheil said. “As a coach, you try to mold and grow and create a team that can get past their peak performance. To do this in the most demanding place and win the most exceptional title, the national championship, is thrilling.”
Puopolo scored inside the right post with 42:05 left after winning a physical ball at the top of the box to tie the game. She put in the eventual winning score from point-blank range on the left with a shot to the far post with 34:44 left to go. The two scores were the most allowed by Grand Valley, the number one-ranked team in the nation all season. Saint Rose entered the NCAA tournament as the number-ten team in the country.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet congratulate the Golden Knights Women’s Soccer Team!
The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights Women's NCAA Division II National Champions