Oberlin Women's Lacrosse 2011 Season Preview

Oberlin, Ohio Like the men's team, the Yeowomen lacrosse squad will also enter a new era under young and energetic first-year head coach Liz Longley.

Longley takes over an up-and-coming Oberlin team after having served the last three years as an assistant at Lynchburg College where she helped transform the Hornets to one of the top teams in the region.

With her first game as a head coach just over a week away, Longley said, "I am very pleased with the positive energy, consistent effort, and dedication the players have demonstrated thus far. Our focus on the little things and attention to detail at practice will translate well to the playing field. I'm excited to see us pull it all together."

The rookie head coach has to like the fact that she inherits all four of the team's top goal scorers from a season ago. Highlighting the prolific scoring foursome is sophomore Molly Bloom. An All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection in 2010, she led the team in goals (36), assists (12), and points (48).

Classmate Grace Amber also has the ability to find the back of the cage with regularity as she cashed in 33 goals last spring. The All-NCAC Second-Team honoree also finished fourth in the league with 42 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers.

After scoring 13 goals in her rookie season, junior Alice Zicht doubled that total last year with 26 scores and should be poised for a breakout season here in 2011. The All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection, who is a co-captain this year, also finished second on the team with 12 assists.

Completing the fabulous foursome is sophomore Ilyssa Meyer. The Marlboro, New Jersey, native scored 22 goals and finished third on the team with five assists during her freshman season. Her team-leading 46 draw controls were also third best in the league.

Defensively the Yeowomen will be led by senior co-captain Allison Masyr and fellow classmate Amanda Travers. Both players started all 15 games last year and each of them finished with 17 groundballs. Furthermore, Travers was named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for her work in the classmate and on the field. Sophomores Christina Perez-Tineo and Seung Yun Jee will also bolster the backline.

Sophomore Madeleine O'Meara returns to control the cage for the Yeowomen. The Canbury, New Jersey, native played all 900 minutes in goal last season and led the entire NCAC with 11.13 saves per game. Her 167 stops also topped the league.

Oberlin also welcomes eight newcomers to the squad that will provide added depth all across the field.

Oberlin is slated to open its season on March 7 at home against Medaille College. However, six of the Yeowomen's first eight games will be away from Fred Shults Field. OC will finally return home to host Denison in the NCAC opener on April 6.

2011-02-24



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