Two Seniors Named 2014 Lacrosse Captains for Monmouth

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University head lacrosse coach Denise Wescott has announced that seniors Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) and Kim McCormick (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) have been named team captains for the 2014 season.

"I think the team chose great captains who can lead this group, are great role models, and can work with any of our players to help them when needed," said Wescott. "They are strong students who work hard in the classroom as much as pushing themselves in the weight room, when we run, and on the field. They represent so many of the things we want this program to be. Communication is so important as captains and these two are wonderful with their teammates and with the coaching staff. They do a great job bridging us together which makes our program stronger."

Campasano was an All-Tournament selection after scoring four goals in the NEC Championship game last season. Appearing in every game, Campasano led the Hawks in goals with 36 while finishing second in points with 38. In 2012 she missed the first 14 games with an injury but played the final five games of the season helping the Hawks to their first of two runs to the NCAA Tournament.

"Cassie is an offensive crease specialist for us and last year was honored for her strong goal production," said Wescott. "She connects with everyone on the team, and helps us every day get through running, lifting, and practices."

McCormick has started all 40 games over the Hawks' back to back title seasons on defense. Last season she collected 30 ground balls and seven caused turnovers a season ago as Monmouth boasted the top defense in the country and the 21st ranked defense nationally. As a sophomore she was named to the All-Tournament team after the MU defense allowed a historic low of seven goals all tournament, including three in the championship match. The Springfield, Pa. native had 14 caused turnovers that season to go along with 26 ground balls.

"Kim has been the quarterback of our defense," said Wescott. "Her communication skills and slides around the crease help us protect the middle area in front of the cage. She is one of our most consistent players because of her work ethic and calm presence under pressure. I know a lot of our players use her as a sounding board with academic and life situations they face."

Monmouth, which begins its first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, won back to back Northeast Conference Championships in its final two seasons in the league. The Hawks earned their fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 while sweeping every major conference award after a 9-0 league mark.

The Hawks begin the 2014 season on Saturday, February 15th when Fresno State comes to Kessler Field.


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