NEW YORK -- After leading Columbia Women's Soccer to its first Ivy League title, head coach Kevin McCarthy was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year by his peers in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The Lions ended the 2006 season with a 10-5-3 record after going undefeated in Ivy League play at 6-0-1 to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where Columbia battled Connecticut for 90 minutes, falling a goal short in a 2-1 defeat.

McCarthy's 13th year as head coach saw Columbia set or tie several school records during its tremendous run toward the Ivy League title.   

The Lions matched a school record by winning seven straight games to finish the regular season and tied a school record with 10 defensive shutouts in 18 games. 

Columbia ended the regular season ranked fifth in the Northeast by the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz and received top 25 votes in a national poll of head coaches conducted by Soccer Times.

As one of six head coaches selected as Regional Coaches of the Year, McCarthy is now eligible for National Coach of the Year honors, which will be awarded in December.

Division I Regional Coaches of the Year
Central Region: Chris Petrucelli (Texas)
Great Lakes Region: Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame)
Mid-Atlantic Region: John Daly (William and Mary)
Northeast Region: Kevin McCarthy (Columbia)
South Region: Anson Dorrance (North Carolina)
West Region: Tara Erickson (Oregon)