INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released its most up-to-date statistics for the 2014 season and Stetson University goalkeeper Caili Guilday has finished the year with the most saves in the nation among Division I net minders. The sophomore made a total of 210 saves during her second year in front of the Stetson net, averaging 11.67 stops per game, also best in the country.
Guilday’s season high 16 saves came on two occasions, once at home vs. Oregon (Feb. 10), and another time on the road against Detroit (Apr. 19). The Wallingford, Pa., native accumulated double-digit save totals in 14 of her 18 games played, including a dozen, in the A-Sun Championship Semifinals vs. Jacksonville (May 2).
The second year starter’s finest moment of the season came Apr. 5, at Kennesaw State, when Stetson triumphed over the Owls, 23-21 in overtime. That’s when she made 14 stops, including one in the extra frame to keep the contest tied, enabling the Hatters to eventually take the lead for good and come away with their first win of the year.
Guilday’s 210 saves are seven more than Colorado’s Paige Soenksen, who is in second place with 203. Her next closest competitor that is still playing is Virginia’s Liz Colgan.
Colgan has stopped 180 shots this season, entering the Cavaliers’ opening round game of the NCAA Tournament and is averaging exactly 10 saves per game. That means UVA would likely have to reach the championship game in order for Colgan to tie or overtake Guilday as the national leader.
The NCAA record for saves in a season is 320 by Towson’s Dana Robinson in 1983, but the most saves in an 18 game season by a NCAA Division I goal keeper is 267 by Diane Geppi of Loyola Maryland, who accomplished the feat in 1984.
Guilday made a total of 98 saves during her freshman year of 2013 and now boasts 308 for her career.
During 2014, Guilday twice achieved saves totals of 16, 14, 13, 12, 11 and 10 and stopped 15 shots on one occasion. During her two seasons in DeLand, she has made 10 or more saves in a game 17 times, with her career high 17 stops coming at home against Bryant University, Mar. 13, 2013.
Guilday and Stetson’s season came to an end last week, with a 20-4 loss to No. 1 seed and eventual champion JU in the A-Sun Semis. It marked the second straight season the Hatters have made an appearance in the four-team championship tournament.