Washington College Lacrosse Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, Md. The past three seasons have been some of the best years in the history of the Shorewomen Lacrosse program, as the team has reached the Centennial Conference tournament in each of the past three seasons, advancing all three times. This season, the team seeks to continue this strong run by reaching the tournament for the fourth straight time, which would be a program first, and the seventh time overall under first-year head coach Heidi Yetman.

To reach their fourth straight conference tournament, win their first Centennial Conference crown and reach their first NCAA Tournament, the Shorewomen will need to fill the voids left by the graduation of three of the team's five leading scorers from a season ago, Mollie Shipley (2nd), Corinne Ziccardi (3rd) and Marissa Restaino (5th), and the team's three-year starting goalie, Stephanie Seibert.

Despite the losses, the cupboard is far from bare as the team still returns 10 players who started in at least one game last season and have restocked the roster with 11 freshmen on the 2014 version of the team, the squad's 33rd season as a varsity program. In addition to the 11 freshmen, the team will also have seven seniors, six juniors and three sophomores. The team also seeks to reach double figures in wins for a program record fourth straight season.

The team's top returning player is junior midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin), who had one of the top seasons in the history of the program in 2013 for the Shorewomen. The tri-captain, a first team All-Centennial Conference honoree and second team IWLCA All-Metro Region pick a year ago, had team-highs of 64 goals, 87 points (second most in a season all-time for a WC player), a school-record 85 draw controls, 53 ground balls and 38 caused turnovers. Hubley was tops in the Centennial in goals and caused turnovers and was third in the Centennial in points. She also added 23 assists and became just the fourth player in the 33-year history of the program to record 100 career points by the end of her sophomore season. She is a two-time All-Centennial Conference pick, earning second team honors in 2012. She is currently just eight goals away from scoring 100 career goals.

Senior tri-captain midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, Md./Towson) is also back in the fold. Eisenbrandt had a strong junior season where she set career-highs of 39 goals, 46 points and 62 draw controls, while starting in all 18 games. She was second on the squad in goals and draws and is currently five away in each category from reaching 100. A second team all-conference pick in 2012, she also tallied career-bests in ground balls (31) and caused turnovers (15).

Leading the way in the defensive midfield will senior tri-captain Kathleen Maleski (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll). Last spring Maleski was second on the team in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (19) and was third on the Shorewomen in draws (43). Maleski was also a contributor to the offense last season with 19 points on 14 goals and five assists, all career-highs for the senior. She is 14 draw controls away and 12 ground balls away from reaching the century mark.

In goal, the Shorewomen have a five-way competition for the new starting goalie to replace Seibert. Senior Rachelle Martinez (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood) has played nine games all-time in net for a total of 164:08. In 2012, she started against NCAA Tournament team Montclair State in her lone career start and got the win. She played in five games a season ago, making eight saves in 58:58 of action with a .667 save percentage. Also competing in goal are freshmen Madeline Mullen (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional), Allison Remenapp (Woodbine, Md./Century), Haylee Solomon (Wantagh, N.Y./Stanford H. Calhoun) and Megan Voss (Finksburg, Md./Garrison Forest).

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2014-02-18



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