February 21, 2011

New Coach, New Season for Lycoming

from press release

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – First-year head coach Chrissy Trescavage will lead the Lycoming College women's lacrosse team into a new era this season, but she hopes to build off the tradition of a program that has seen 13 players earn all-region honors and the Warriors reach five straight Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs.

"Our goal is to be competitive in every game," Trescavage said, "to be supportive and confident in all of our games. We will continue to work to be at the top of the MAC."

While the Warriors have lost 10 starters and 17 letterwinners from a team that finished 10-8 overall and advanced to the Middle Atlantic Conference semifinals, the team returns six players, including sophomore Brooke Strausser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area), who earned all-conference honors as a freshman, and junior Grace Gargiulo (Beanchburg, N.J./Immaculata), who has posted 62 points already in her career.

This year, the Warriors, even with Strausser and Gargiulo, will begin that new era with 12 newcomers, and so far the team's chemistry may be one of the biggest factors in its future success.

"The team is extremely positive," Trescavage said. "When you have a young team, you have to have constant support for one another. This team is positive with one another and they all encourage one another and it's refreshing. I think that will help with our confidence, knowing your teammates can achieve things and achieve goals."

Attack

Two players return in the Warriors' attack, as seniors Kate Issennock (Sparks, Md./Hereford) and Meagan Pittius (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) are both captains and will provide solid leadership up front for the team.

Isennock and Pittius each scored three goals as juniors, with Pittius posting three assists and Issennock assisting on two.

"We're looking to them for a lot of leadership on the attacking side," Trescavage said, "especially in terms of controlling the ball, not just contributing goals, but controlling the pace of the game."
Both players should fit into the team's offensive scheme of running a motion offense and creating natural goal-scoring opportunities.

"We'll implement some different rotation offenses that even our returning players have never run before, so our seniors are going to need a lot of leadership to make sure we're doing what we need to be doing," Trescavage said.

Junior Valerie Caswell (North Beach, Md./The Calverton School) and sophomore Lauren Reitnouer (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) will also filter into the attack.

Midfield

The Warriors return two starters in the midfield in Gargiulo and Strausser and both will once again play key roles.

"Our midfield is young, but its very promising," Trescavage said. "We have a lot of speed, a lot of talent. Grace and Brooke really have a true understanding of the game. They are very talented, fast and have good stick skills, so they'll definitely be the backbone of our midfield."
Gargiulo is the team's top returning scorer, as she posted 24 goals and added six assists during the 2010 season. She also added two game-winning goals, picked up 23 groundballs, earned 28 draw controls and caused 21 turnovers as a sophomore.

Strausser earned Second Team All-MAC honors as a freshman, as she played in 17 games and posted nine goals to go with five assists. She also added 18 groundballs and nine caused turnovers.

"She has a real understanding of the game," Trescavage said of Strausser. "She's quick, she works very hard and she's positive. That gives us someone to learn from and want to be as good as in practice. We'll definitely look to her in all of our games."

Several freshmen will also add to the depth at the position, led by Sarah Quigley (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South), who was an all-league selection in lacrosse in high school.
"Sarah has shown a lot of understanding of the game," Trescavage said. "She'll be crucial with understanding the lanes of the field, transition and midfield defense."

Ashley Landis (Watsontown, Pa./Warrior Run) and Maureeen Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) will also help at the position. Junior Elizabeth Treptow (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) will also help the Warriors at the position.

Defense

Sophomore Hope Pappas (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) will anchor the Warriors' defensive unit, as she returns to the team after playing in seven games as a freshman. She grabbed eight groundballs and notched five caused turnovers during the season.

"Hope will be the anchor of our defense," Trescavage said. "She's loud, she's aggressive. She has quick feet. She's a very good defender."

Several rookie players will also add depth to the defensive line, including sophomore Lindsay Schilling (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll), a two-year letterwinner on the soccer team. Junior Katie Baldwin (Wantage, N.J./High Point Regional), junior Gwen Forestal (Muncy, Pa./Hughesville), sophomore Leannie Custodio (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) and freshman Amber Graybill (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) will also filter into the defensive line this year.

"Amber is aggressive in games and I think she will help lead the team defensively," Trescavage said.

Goalkeepers

With the loss of all-conference keeper Brittany Bryan to graduation, the Warriors will turn to Bryan's backup keeper for the past two seasons, senior Libby Stoesz (Akron, Pa./Conestoga Valley) to provide stability between the pipes.

Stoesz has plenty of collegiate action, playing 421 minutes in her career, holding a solid 10.11 goals against average and a .408 save percentage. She has also recorded a 1-1 career record and picked up seven groundballs.

"Libby is patient and I think she is excited about the opportunity to be our senior leader in the goal," Trescavage said. "She communicates very well and understands he angles. I think she is ready to take the role and excited about it."

Behind Stoesz, junior Kristina Maurer (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Marian Catholic) is new to the position, but has picked it up quickly.

Schedule

With a slate that includes six home games, including one against 2010 Middle Atlantic Champions Elizabethtown, the Warriors will look for its sixth straight non-losing season.

The Warriors open their season on Feb. 22 with a game at Dickinson before heading to Allegheny for a match on March 9. The Warriors play two other non-conference games, against Roger Williams at the Shangraw Complex on March 14 and at Susquehanna on March 16.

Lycoming will play the full slate of 12 Middle Atlantic Conference games, hosting six and playing six on the road. The Warriors host Arcadia (March 11, 4:30 p.m.) in the team's home- and MAC-opener and will also host Wilkes (March 23), King's (March 30), Manhattenville (April 9), Eastern (April 16) and defending champion Elizabethtown (April 21).

The Warriors hit the road for conference clashes at Alvernia (March 19), Widener (March 26), Lebanon Valley (April 6), Misericordia (April 13), Messiah (April 26) and FDU-Florham (April 30).


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