Season Preview (WD2): Preseason Top 10 Outlook
by Mark Macyk | LaxMagazine.com
|Erica Devito and Adelphi figure
to battle with Le Moyne at the top of NCAA Division II this
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1. Le Moyne
2011 Record: 18-3 (11-1 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Senior attacker Brittany Brigandi led Division II with 87 goals in 2011 and added 19 assists.
X-Factor: Sophomore midfielder Jen Fabian should make an impact on young midfield after missing 2011 with injury.
2011 Record: 20-0 (12-0 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Senior attacker Erica Devito is a three-time All-American and Adelphi's top returning scorer, ranking third in Division II with 77 goals in 2011.
X-Factor: New head coach and former Adelphi men's lacrosse player Rob Grella takes over a team that won three consecutive NCAA titles but lost several key players.
3. C.W. Post
2011 Record: 13-4 (7-1 ECC)
Key Player: Junior attacker/midfielder Ashley Olen, the Pioneers' top scorer in 2010, returns after missing all of 2011 with an ACL injury.
X-Factor: The defense. Senior Chelsea Donaldson and junior Aimee Capps lead a deep unit, which ranked among the top 10 in Division II in goals allowed in 2011.
2011 Record: 15-3 (8-0 ECC)
Key Player: Senior attacker Brooke Witkowski is the top returning scorer in Division II after setting program records with 78 assists and 110 points in 2011.
X-Factor: Junior attacker Nicolle Moran, who transferred from Division I Stony Brook prior to the 2011 season, led Dowling with 54 goals.
2011 Record: 18-2 (7-0 Conference
Key Player: Senior attacker Racquel Prager, the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, scored 60 goals in 2011, second-most in program history.
X-Factor: Brains and balance. Limestone had the second-highest team GPA in all of Division II (3.30) in 2011.
6. West Chester
2011 Record: 16-5 (11-0 PSAC)
Key Player: Local product and junior attacker Tori Dugan is the Rams' top returning scorer (46 goals), but she has an even bigger presence on draw controls (46) and ground balls (40).
X-Factor: Experience. The only South region team to ever capture a national championship is in the postseason discussion every year.
7. Lock Haven
2011 Record: 16-3 (10-1 PSAC)
Key Player: Sophomore midfielder Jessica Pandolf (37g, 67 DCs) is a two-way force whose speed allows her to take chances on the defensive end.
X-Factor: Depth. With a much larger roster this year, Lock Haven will have plenty of chances to rotate in more talent and fresh legs.
2011 Record: 15-4 (10-2 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Senior attacker Sam Lynott led the Skyhawks with 59 goals, 82 points and 50 draw controls in 2011.
X-Factor: Defense. Stonehill ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense (7.89 goals allowed per game), but graduated most of the key players in that unit.
2011 Record: 13-4 (Independent)
Key Player: Sophomore goalkeeper Elyse DeLisle (8.87 GAA), a steady presence between the pipes, gives Rollins' other players freedom and confidence to take risks.
X-Factor: Location. Playing in Florida draws top teams for non-league games that will be crucial for gaining an NCAA tournament bid.
10. New Haven
2011 Record: 10-8 (8-4 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Fifth-year senior midfielder Ashley Ferrandiz (23g, 21a) provides experience, versatility and superb field vision.
X-Factor: Experience. The Chargers return 11 starters, including their leading scorer in senior attacker Alexis Gabbe (74g, 14a) and their defensive leader in senior midfielder Aubrey Duncan.