Manhattan Names 2012 Captains
from press release
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – First-year head coach
Diane Haddeland announced the captains of Manhattan Women's
for the 2012 season. The Jaspers will rely on their four standout seniors, Elizabeth Dugan, BrieAnna Spatarella, Chrissy
Gutenberger, and Breana Leonard, to lead the team in their final year in Riverdale.
"Our seniors have been so invested in the program since they
have had three coaches in their careers," said Haddeland.
"The four of them have stepped up in so many different ways to lead the team."
Dugan, a midfielder, started all 14 games last season leading
all position players with 39 ground balls while netting 11
goals in her junior season. "Elizabeth is more of a lead by example player," Haddeland noted. "She's not very vocal, she's
much quieter, but she just performs and she's scrappy all over the field."
Spatarella, who started 10 games at attack last year, became a
strong leader during the fall season helping the
underclassmen adapt to a coaching change. "She took over when the others were student-teaching and couldn't be
around a lot in fall ball," noted Haddeland.
Gutenberger, one of the top attackers in program history, led
the team in goals (33) and points (39) despite missing three
games due to illness. "Chrissy has been a great player here for so many years and is very vocal on the field," said head
coach Diane Haddeland. "She along with BrieAnna will balance each other out at the attack."
Leonard started and played in every contest last season scoring
two goals while racking up 24 ground balls. "Breana is
our defensive glue," the first year coach mentioned. "She is extremely vocal and sees the field very well. Her game sense
will be a strong asset for us"
As they enter the final year of their careers, the seniors are
working with their third different coach at Manhattan;
something their head coach believes will make them stronger leaders.
"I think that is telling of why they are the four captains," she
says. "Changing coaches is one of the hardest things to do. I
can't imagine doing it once let alone three times. They have been really great in helping me out and making my job much
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