December 21, 2010

Towson Women Name Quad Captains for '11

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston H.S./Forest Hill, Md.), senior defenders MaryEllen Elie (Orchard Park H.S./Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Megan Fitzgerald (Archbishop Spalding H.S./Bowie, Md.), and senior midfielder Ali Lathroum (Stephen Decatur H.S./Bishopville, Md.) have been selected as the team captains for the 2011 Towson University women's lacrosse team, it has been announced by Coach Sonia LaMonica.

All four players will be serving as captains for the first time in their careers.

"I am proud to announce our 2011 captains and I am confident that they will lead our team well," Coach LaMonica said. "Each of them has earned this honor through consistent hard work, a positive attitude, aiding their teammates and leading by example, which are critical characteristics that successful leaders must possess.

"They balance each other extremely well and I look forward to them serving as the leaders of this team," Coach LaMonica added.

A second team IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection last year, Dunn ranked second on the team with 47 goals. Named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team, she scored a goal in all 18 games for the Tigers, including a career-high six goals against Syracuse. She also scored four goals in the Tigers' wins over George Washington and eighth-ranked Stanford.

Dunn, who scored just seven goals in her first two seasons at Towson, led the Tigers with a .528 shooting percentage and recorded 15 multi-goal games.

"Jess is a prototypical lacrosse player," said the Tigers' coach. "She is a fierce competitor with a carefree spirit who simply loves the game. Jess is a scoring machine who will bring strong leadership and poise to our attacking end."

A starter in 15 of 16 games last year, Elie was second on the team with 36 draw controls while contributing 24 ground balls. She had a career-high nine draw controls in the Tigers' 17-8 win over Delaware and also had four draw controls at Temple.

Elie, who has played in 39 career games, has recorded 48 ground balls and 52 draw controls in her career.

"MaryEllen really sets a standard when it comes to work ethic and focus," Coach LaMonica said. "She is an exceptional athlete with high expectations for herself as well as her teammates. She will once again be a powerful asset and leader on our defensive unit this season."

A starter in all 18 games as a junior, Fitzgerald tallied 15 ground balls with 15 draw controls last year. She had a career-high three caused turnovers in the Tigers' victory at Drexel and had two ground balls three times.

Fitzgerald, who has played in 52 career games, has 44 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers in her three-year career.

"Megan is a positive force and a strong voice while bringing great presence to our team," said Coach LaMonica. "She has grown into one of our top line defenders over her career and will provide great leadership at the defensive end."

A three-year letter winner for the Tigers, Lathroum played in 17 games last year and started seven times. She ranked seventh on the team with 11 points, scoring eight goals with three assists. Lathroum scored a goal with an assist in the Tigers' wins over UMBC and George Mason. In addition, she had a career-high four draw controls in a 12-6 win over William & Mary.

Lathroum has played in 55 career games and has scored 21 goals with 7 assists.

Coach LaMonica said, "Ali is a workhorse between the lines and a leader through her actions. She has earned the respect of her teammates due to her work ethic and her positive attitude. She will set the bar for our midfield and complete our captain unit."

The Tigers, who have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years, will open their season on March 2 at UMBC.


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