MAAC Conference Press Release
Edison, NJ – The 2012 defending MAAC Women’s Lacrosse champions, the Canisius College Golden Griffins, have been chosen as the preseason favorites to three-peat in 2013 as determined by a vote of the conference’s seven head coaches.
Canisius won the 2011 and 2012 MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship defeating top-seeded Fairfield University in both years’ championship match-ups winning 13-8 in 2011 and 15-11 in 2012. The Griffs went 4-2 in the conference and 10-9 overall during their repeat championship campaign last season.
Canisius’ Morgan Leonard was chosen as the 2013 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. Leonard, a member of the 2012 All-MAAC 1st Team, was chosen as the 2012 Co-Defensive Player of the Year. She led the MAAC with 3.00 caused turnovers per game and also ranked second in the MAAC with 3.67 ground balls per game in league play.
Canisius topped the poll with 44 points. Fairfield followed with a close second place finish in the poll with 42 points. Marist College tapped in at third with 33 points, while Iona College tallied 29 points for fourth. Siena College finished in fifth receiving 26 points, followed by Manhattan College with 13 points and Niagara University with 9 points.
The preseason All-MAAC team consists of Fairfield’s Chloe Mangan and Melanie Raso, Iona’s Kylie Gregory and Marist’s Ashley Miller at attack. The midfielders are Canisius’ Leonard and Lindsey Morgan, Fairfield’s Courtney Chmil, Marist’s Jamie Romano, and Siena’s Katie Maguire. Canisius’ Gabby Kotas, Marist’s Christine Astarita, and Siena’s Amanda Peguillan were selected at defense. Fairfield’s Katie Keenan was chosen as the goalkeeper.
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Canisius 44
2. Fairfield 42
3. Marist 33
4. Iona 29
5. Siena 26
6. Manhattan 13
7. Niagara 9
Preseason All-MAAC Team
Attack Chloe Mangan Fairfield
Attack Melanie Raso Fairfield
Attack Kylie Gregory Iona
Attack Ashley Miller Marist
Midfield Morgan Leonard Canisius
Midfield Lindsey Morgan Canisius
Midfield Courtney Chmil Fairfield
Midfield Jamie Romano Marist
Midfield Katie Maguire Siena
Defense Gabby Kotas Canisius
Defense Christine Astarita Marist
Defense Amanda Peguillan Siena
Goalkeeper Katie Keenan, Fairfield
Preseason Player of the Year
Morgan Leonard, Canisius