Iona College Names Three Seniors as 2014 Lacrosse Captains

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College lacrosse head coach Michelle Mason announced her tri-captains, all seniors, for the upcoming season. The Gaels will be led by attacker Nicole Brancaccio, defender Kristen Flynn, and midfielder Angela Grous.

"We are excited to announce Nikki, Kristen, and Angela as captains for the 2014 season, said Mason. " These three players are positive role models both on and off of the field, and bring the enthusiasm and commitment to lead this team to success."

Brancaccio, a two time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree, will provide leadership on offense. As a junior, she appeared in 13 games, making five starts. A season ago, Brancaccio tallied a career-high five goals, three caused turnovers, two ground balls and controlled seven draws. She is finishing her bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology. In addition to fulfilling her role as captain, Brancaccio is enrolled in Iona's five-year BA/MA Psychology Program.

"Being named one of the captains of our team is a complete honor and an absolute privilege," said Brancaccio. "It has truly allowed me to believe in my ability as a leader, knowing that my teammates have faith in me and stand behind me 100%."

Flynn, a MAAC All-Academic Team honoree, will co-anchor the defense this season for the Gaels. She has appeared in 36 career games. Last season, she started 15 games. Flynn caused a career-high 11 turnovers and picked up 19 ground balls. She also snagged three draw controls. She will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology, and plans on taking a coaching job in England next year.

"It was such an honor being chosen captain by my teammates," said Flynn. "I feel very lucky and I am very excited to lead the team this season!"

Grous, an All-MAAC First Team Selection in 2013, will lead the Gaels from the backfield, where she has appeared in 44 career games. While only playing 12 of 16 games last season, Grous tied for a team-high 14 caused turnovers, was second in draw controls with 38, while she also picked up 21 ground balls. She also ran the ball in for two goals. She will graduate in May with a degree in Business, and she will be interning at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

"Being named captain by my teammates is an honor and a blessing! I am happy that I have 26 girls that have my back and trust in me and my co-captains to lead the team in the right direction," said Grous. "I am very excited about this season and really do think that the possibilities are endless for the team."

The Gaels begin their 2014 campaign with a quad-team exhibition at Mazzella Field on Feb. 15 before the regular season begins on Feb. 22 at Brown.


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