Oct. 23, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
As the soccer season begins to head towards the post season, Florida State seniors Janice Cayman, Amanda DaCosta and Rachel Lim will play their final regular season home game as one of the most decorated senior classes in school history to rest as the Seminoles play host to Virginia Tech (8-6-1) on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Seminole Soccer Complex at 1:00 p.m.
The history making trio each hold a No. 1 spot in all of Florida State’s major offensive categories and have combined for 12 goals – including five game winners – and nine assists. Their dynamic abilities coupled with their leadership and ability to adapt has served as an asset for the Seminoles throughout their diverse careers and will certainly lead the Seminoles deep into the postseason.
It was clear that Janice Cayman would play a huge role in her only season with Florida State when she transferred to Florida State from Brasschaat, Belgium, but it was unknown that she would have to help fill the void when juniors Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty, the Seminoles’ top two leading scorers, who were lost to injury. Cayman has formed a scoring triad with DaCosta and junior Tori Huster and has become a leading offensive weapons for the Seminoles. Cayman enters Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech tied for first on the team in goals, assists and points.
“Janice has come in here and made a huge contribution to our team, as we have seen as recently as the NC State game,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “She is a threat in and around the penalty box, has scored some big goals for us, and continues to be dangerous.”
Cayman posted her first multi-goal game of the season in the recent 4-1 win over NC State. The team’s leading scorer was responsible for pushing the Seminoles into overtime against then-No. 6 Florida and delivered the game winning assist against Arkansas to give FSU the 1-0 overtime victory.
“Janice is an outstanding young woman, and she will do great things in life,” said Krikorian. “I think we feel very fortunate to have had her here wearing the garnet and gold and I know that she will also succeed post college.
Prior to making her way to the States, the senior was a member of the Belgium Full National Team and played for the club side KVK Tienen. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons she was named the MVP of the Belgian Competition for the First Division. Janice also competed with the Pali Blues in the W-League this past summer.
League of Her Own
Amanda DaCosta immediately dominated on the field upon her arrival at Florida State from Katanoh, N.Y. She received an impressive load of accolades in her first season including being named the 2007 National Freshman of the Year and being named to the All-ACC Second Team. Also in 2007, she became a member of the Soccer America All-Freshmen, ACC All-Freshmen, ACC All-Tournament and NCAA College Cup Tournament teams. She collected All-America Second Team and Freshman All-America honors as well as being named the Southeast Region Freshman of the Year by Soccer Buzz.
“Amanda DaCosta came to Florida State and immediately helped elevate our program and help us reach some pretty elite levels,” said Krikorian.
DaCosta was also responsible for delivering the game-winning goal in the national semifinal against Notre Dame to send Florida State to its first appearance in the national championship game against Southern California in 2007.
“She is a very, very good player and is going to have a future after college is over,” Krikorian added.
DaCosta’s future looks promising as she already boasts international experience as she played as one of just 18 members of the U-23 Women’s National team this past summer. She also gained valuable experience competing with the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues in conjunction with the W-League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.
“It’s been a pleasure to have her here and watch her grow as a player and as a person,” said Krikorian. I think that she has grown an awful lot during her time here, but she leaves here still full of potential and I won’t be surprised one day to be watching her on TV playing with the U.S team.”
Prior to the season DaCosta was named as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior Class award and is looking to become just the second four-time All-ACC honoree in the history of the program.
Walk-on to Standout
Rachel Lim has fought adversity throughout her entire career at Florida State and has persevered to earn a spot in the Seminoles’ starting line-up. She has proven to be one of the Seminoles’ top contributors in 2010.
“Rachel Lim has completely impressed me,” said Krikorian. “When Limmy decided that Florida State was her choice, I was a little uncertain as to whether or not she would be capable of playing much here. She came in here and absolutely proved me wrong.”
In her freshman season, Lim competed in all six games of the NCAA Tournament including the National Championship game against Southern Cal. Lim’s presence alongside DaCosta, then pushed the Seminoles to back-to-back Elite 8 appearances in both 2008 and 2009. Since then Lim has proven herself a vital member of the team, recording 14 goals and 14 assists in her career.
As a senior Lim has had her hands in huge wins for the Seminoles including her first game winner which came in overtime against Wake Forest. She launched her second important goal of the season to tie the Seminoles’ game against then-No. 16 Duke, putting Florida State in the opportune position to take home the match.
“Her technique is exquisite, her attacking skills are top notch, she has developed on the other side of the ball into a very good defender, a very good teammate, and a top quality player,” Krikorian said.
Her stellar back-to-back performances against Wake Forest and Duke allowed her to earn ACC Player of the Week honors – she was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week. Lim is the only Seminole to earn the honors this season.
“Rachel Lim has made a huge, significant contribution the last four years,” said Krikorian.
Accomplished on the field as well as off, Lim has boasted membership on the ACC Academic Honor Roll since her freshman year.
By the Numbers with Cayman, DaCosta, Lim
116: the number of points DaCosta, Lim, and Cayman tallied thus far in their careers at FSU (37G, 42A)
5: DaCosta is tied fifth in the ACC in game-winning goals (3) and ranks first amongst the Seminoles alongside junior Tori Huster
2: Team leading number of game-winning assists on Florida State’s roster–Lim and Cayman are tied with two a piece
3: DaCosta is the third student-athlete in Florida State history to earn All-America honors as a sophomore
1: Cayman has competed in only one season at Florida State and already leads the team in four major statistical categories (17 points, 6 goals, 5 assists, 2 game-winning assists)
14: DaCosta’s ranking in the TopDrawerSoccer Top 100 Women’s list entering into the 2010 season
By Tiffany White
Sports Information Student Assistant