MAAC Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll, All-MAAC Team

Edison, NJ The Fairfield University Stags have been selected as the preseason favorites to claim the 2010 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship, as determined by a vote of the conference's seven head coaches.

Fairfield, the defending MAAC champions, received 48 points in the poll. The Stags finished last season with a record of 6-0 in the conference and an overall mark of 17-3. Fairfield went on to defeat Marist for the MAAC Championship and then advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament with a victory over Sacred Heart in an NCAA Play-In Game.

The Stags will be led by 2010 Preseason Player of the Year Kristen Coleman. Coleman, a junior midfielder, is a two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Year. She has also been selected to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team in her first two seasons. In 2009, Coleman was first in the conference and eighth in the nation with 88 total points.

Canisius College was second in the poll with 39 points, followed by Marist College with 34. Manhattan received 28 points, followed by Iona (21), Siena (16), and Niagara (10).

The Preseason All-MAAC team consists of Fairfield's Erin Rigby and Manhattan's Carolyn Hickey at attack, while the midfield includes Coleman, fellow Stag Brittany Bare, Canisius' Brett Poissant, Manhattan's Chrissy Gutenberger and Keri Morrison, and Marist's Lauren Ciccarello. Canisius' Alison Rusak and Fairfield's Kelly Barnes and Amy Kelleher make up the defense. Canisius' Allison Daley was chosen as the goalkeeper.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1) Fairfield 48
2) Canisius 39
3) Marist 34
4) Manhattan 28
5) Iona 21
6) Siena 16
7) Niagara 10

Preseason All-MAAC Team
Erin Rigby, Fairfield
Carolyn Hickey, Manhattan
Brett Poissant, Canisius
Brittany Bare, Fairfield
Kristen Coleman, Fairfield
Chrissy Gutenberger, Manhattan
Keri Morrison, Manhattan
Lauren Ciccarello, Marist
Alison Rusak, Canisius
Kelly Barnes, Fairfield
Amy Kelleher, Fairfield
Allison Daley, Canisius

Preseason Player of the Year
Kristen Coleman, Fairfield

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The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team was tabbed to repeat as Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League champions in the preseason poll of the conferences head coaches. Junior Kristen Coleman was selected as the league's preseason Player of the Year and is joined on the preseason All-MAAC Team by four teammates: Erin Rigby, Amy Kelleher, Brittany Bare and Kelly Barnes.

"To have five players selected to the preseason All-MAAC Team, and be voted first in the poll is a testament to the success that we have had in the past two seasons," said second-year Stags head coach Mike Waldvogel. "However, we know that we have some big shoes to fill and are going to have to work very hard on a daily basis to be able to finish the year at the top of the standings."

Fairfield received six first place votes in picking up 48 points in the poll of the seven head coaches. Canisius, which also received a first-place vote, is second in the poll with 39 points. The Stags opponent in each of the last two MAAC Championship games, Marist, is third with 34 points, while Manhattan was voted fourth with 28 points. Iona earned 21 points in the poll to be tabbed fifth, with Siena (16) and Niagara (10) rounding out the poll.

Coleman, a two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and IWLCA All-Region selection, begins her junior season three points shy of the Stags all-time record for points. She has compiled 178 points over the course of her career, and is fourth in career goals and career assists. Coleman, who has touched net 129 times, has scored a goal in each of her 39 collegiate games, the second longest active streak entering the season.

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