MAAC Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll, All-MAAC Team

Rigby begins her final season with at least one point in 40 consecutive games, which is the fourth longest streak in the nation beginning the year. She has tallied 158 career points, with 111 goals and 47 assists on her resume. A Second-Team All-MAAC selection a year ago, Rigby was third on the team with 63 points, as she started all 20 games for the Stags.

Barnes and Kelleher are the backbone of the Stags defensive unit and are both coming off of First-Team All-MAAC seasons. Barnes had a team-best 42 draw controls last season, the fourth highest single-season total in program history. She has appeared in 57 games, with 48 starts, including all 20 last season. Kelleher has played in 54 games during her career, with 20 of her 30 career starts coming last season. She finished her junior season with 18 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.

Bare, a junior, made a key contribution to the Stags NCAA Tournament run a year ago, starting all 20 games in the midfield. She finished the season with 24 goals and 41 ground balls and was voted to the All-MAAC First Team.

The Stags begin their hunt for a second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth on Sunday, February 21 when they host Monmouth at noon. Fairfield is 34-5 over the last two seasons, winning 12 consecutive regular season games against MAAC foes in that time.

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. The Marist women's lacrosse team was chosen to finish third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, as determined by a vote of the conference's seven coaches on Friday. The Red Foxes finished the 2009 season 12-5 and reached their third consecutive MAAC tournament championship final. Senior midfield Lauren Ciccarello (Wantagh, N.Y.) was selected to the Preseason All-MAAC team as well.

Ciccarello was a Second Team All-MAAC selection last season, totaling 25 goals and 37 points. She also led Marist with 40 ground balls and 38 draw controls. Joining Ciccarello on the Preseason All-MAAC team in the midfield are Fairfield's Kristen Coleman and Brittany Bare, Canisius' Brett Poissant, and Manhattan's Chrissy Gutenberger and Keri Morrison. Fairfield's Erin Rigby and Manhattan's Carolyn Hickey were chosen at attack, while Canisius' Alison Rusak and Fairfield's Kelly Barnes and Amy Kelleher were selected at defense. Allison Daley of Canisius was chosen as the goalie.

Fairfield was chosen as the preseason favorite with 48 points in the poll. Canisius is second with 39 points, with the Red Foxes five points behind the Golden Griffins. Manhattan was fourth with 28 points, followed by Iona, Siena, and Niagara.

Marist opens the 2010 season at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

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Seniors Brett Poissant (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Alison Rusak (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Allison Daley (Peterborough, Ontario) were all named to the Preseason All-MAAC Women's Lacrosse Team, announced by the conference on Friday. As a team, the Griffs were selected to finish second in the MAAC standings.

A second-team All-MAAC selection in 2009, Poissant started all 18 games in midfield last season. The Syracuse, N.Y. native totaled 19 points on 15 goals and four assists as a junior, in addition to 25 draw controls, 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Poissant enters her senior season ranked fifth in school history with 83 career draw controls.

Rusak earned Preseason All-MAAC honors for the second-consecutive season. A second-team all-conference selection as a junior, Rusak has anchored the Canisius defense during her career, starting all 52 games since her arrival. Rusak totaled 24 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers and six draw controls last season.

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