NLC Preseason All-Conference Team Announced
from press release
FARMVILLE, Va. - The preseason National Lacrosse Conference player of the year, as selected by NLC coaches, is Morgan Derner of Jacksonville. Derner, a sophomore and 2011 All-NLC first team member, tallied 67 points, on 53 goals and 14 assists, last season for the Dolphins. She looks to continue her strong play in hopes of leading Jacksonville to a repeat as regular season conference champions.
Joining Derner on attack is junior Grace Gaeng of High Point. Gaeng looks to defend her Attacker of the Year award from last year, when she led the NLC with 78 points, on 53 goals and 25 assists. Rounding out the preseason team on attack is sophomore and fellow All-NLC first team member, Ann Fucigna from Davidson. Fucigna will look to build upon a stellar freshman campaign in which she recorded 60 points, 49 of which came from goals.
The midfield unit is anchored by Detroit Titan senior Emily Boissonneault, who looks to continue her scoring prowess. Boissonneault led the conference, and was 6th nationally, with 63 goals a season ago. Also tabbed to the preseason midfield squad is junior Jamie Brentlinger from Longwood, who will look to improve upon her 40 point effort from last season, Ellyn Spangenberg from Jacksonville, an All-NLC first team midfielder a season ago, who scored 25 goals, and Alanna Parker of Davidson. Parker was also part of the All-NLC first team in 2011 after scoring at least one goal in all but one contest, finishing with 37 on the season. The lone sophomore on the midfield line, Sara Kuhlman from High Point looks to repeat her freshman success which led to an All-NLC first team appearance.
The defensive vote getters consist of Hannah Riggs of Longwood, an All-NLC first team member last season, when she posted 49 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers, and 20 draw controls. Joining Riggs on the team are Rachel Hannon, a junior from Jacksonville, who looks to repeat as a member of the All-NLC first team. Hannon posted a stat line of 32 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers, and 46 draw controls in 2011. Putting the finishing touches on the back line is Courtney McLaughlin, a junior for the Panthers of High Point whose stat line consisted of 40 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers, and 20 draw controls in 2011, leading to an All-NLC second team nomination in 2011.
Rounding out the 2012 Preseason All-NLC vote getters is net minder Kristen Masullo from the Liberty Flames. Masullo posted a .473 save percentage, which was best in the NLC conference and 14th nationally, in 2011. In addition she finished in the top ten nationally in saves with 186 and saves per game with 10.
The 2012 National Lacrosse Conference season is underway with a full slate of games scheduled for the upcoming weekend.