2010 NEC Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

Robert Morris (9-8, 5-3 NEC) continued to improve last season, finishing 5-3 in league play and narrowly missing an NEC Tournament berth. Sixth year head coach Katy Phillips started the program from scratch in 2005 and the groundwork has been set for the Colonials to make a splash in 2009. The Colonials return 14 letterwinners, including super sophomore Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West) and senior goalkeeper Erica Webb (Arnold, MD/Broadneck). Sicinski earned three NEC Rookie of the Week awards last season and posted 48 points on 27 goals and 21 helpers (fifth in NEC in assists per outing) for a Robert Morris squad that ranked second in the conference in goals per game. Webb started every game in net a year ago and was the fourth-ranked NEC keeper in goals against average (10.95) and save percentage (.508). Junior defender Karly O'Brien (Rockville, MD/Our Lady of Good Counsel) led the team with 40 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. Classmate Mallory Schulze (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) also returns to roam the defense after posting 34 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers in 15 starts.

Mount St. Mary's (6-11, 6-2 NEC), which is coming of its seventh straight NEC Tournament appearance, welcomes first year head coach Sonia LaMonica. LaMonica comes to Emmitsburg after stints as an assistant coach at Denver and most recently, Towson. The Mount returns six starters including two all-conference performers - reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Year Aly Jost (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air) and All-NEC second team midfielder Lucy Pompa (Baltimore, MD/Bryn Mawr School). Jost, a junior, led the NEC with 47 ground balls and paced the Mount with 19 caused turnovers. Pompa netted 10 goals and ended her sophomore year second on the team with 31 ground balls and 26 draw controls. Senior attacker Ashley Johnson (Arvada, CO/Arvada West) is the Mount's top returning offensive threat after posting 29 goals and five assists in 2009.

Wagner (4-13, 3-5 NEC) will see three of its top five leading scorers from a year ago return to Grymes Hill under second year head coach Cristina Curiale. Sophomore midfielder Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) is coming off a rookie season in which she led the Seahawks in goals (29) and ranked second in points (35). Senior attacker Janine Bright (Commack, NY/Commack) was Wagner's third-leading scorer a year ago with 32 points on 19 goals and 13 assists, despite missing two games with an injury. Sophomore midfielder Melanie Garces (San Diego, CA/Westview) finished fifth on the Seahawks with 30 points on 19 goals and 11 assists. Wagner also returns senior goalkeeper Alex Johnston (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) who after posting 175 saves a year ago, ranks second on the Seahawks' career saves list with 462.

Long Island (4-13, 2-6 NEC) welcomes back five of its top six scorers for second year head coach Heather Levins, who will attempt to direct the Blackbirds to their first-ever NEC Tournament berth. Senior attacker Christie Wienckowski (Newton Square, PA/Marple Newton) paced LIU with 50 points (33 goals, 17 assists) in 2009, and ranked third in the NEC with 57 draw controls. She will be joined up front by junior Annie Kalata (Nesconset, NY/ Smithtown East), who led LIU and finished ninth on the circuit with 38 goals. Anchoring the midfield are senior Jillian Maricondo (Levittown, NY/MacArthur) and junior Sara LaNoir (Queensbury, NY/Glens Falls), who combined for more than 20 points, 60 ground balls, 35 caused turnovers and almost 50 draws last season. A pair of sophomore goalkeepers Amber Meek (Woodbridge, VA/Osbourn) and Jaqueline Simonian (Farmingdale, NY/Plainedge) return after compiling more than 400 minutes in goal apiece.

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2010-01-27



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