May 1, 2013

KATHLEEN CONESE NAMED NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; EIGHT DOLPHINS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

South Easton, Mass. – Le Moyne College junior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, as voted upon by the league's 13 head coaches and announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning.

Le Moyne (14-2, 11-1 NE-10), which won its last 11 conference games to earn the top seed and the rite to host the Northeast-10 Conference Championships after sharing the regular season title with Adelphi, had the most first-team selections (5) and tied for the most selections overall (8, with Adelphi). In addition to her player of the year accolades, Conese was named to the all-conference first team, where she was joined by senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton), junior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt), junior defender Megan Collins (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and sophomore goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River). Senior defender Molly Maroney (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) was selected to the second team, while freshmen attackers Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) were named to the all-rookie team.

Conese, a second-team selection last year, was the only attacker unanimously selected to the first team. A starter in all 16 games, Conese leads the team in goals scored with 34 and is tied for the team lead in points with 45, while scoring a team-best three game-winning goals. She has also dished out a career high-tying 11 assists, the fourth-most on the team. She is tied for the most ground balls on the team with 38, ranks second on the team in free-position goals with 10 and is third on the squad in caused turnovers with 16, which ranks first among attackers in the Northeast-10. Conese has recorded multiple goals in a team-high 11 games, including a season-high four goals on three occasions, the last of which was a 13-11 victory over Adelphi on April 17 that moved the Dolphins into first place in the conference.

Bauer, named to the first team for the second straight year, leads the team in assists with 17 (tied for 13th in the NE-10) and is tied with Conese for the team lead in points with 45, while ranking third in goals with 28. A starter in all 16 games, Bauer has a pair of game-winning goals and is fifth on the team with four free-position goals. Bauer, who has scored at least one goal in a team-high 14 games this year, has found the back of the net multiple times in 10 games, including four games with three goals, and has recorded multiple points in a team-best 13 games.

Nies, named to the all-rookie team in 2011, is fourth on the team in goals scored with a career-high 25 and is tied for fifth in points with 26. A starter in all 16 games this season after missing the final 14 games last year due to injury, Nies leads the team in draw controls with 44 (tied for eighth on the program's single-season chart) and free-position goals with 11 (sixth on the single-season list), while ranking in a tie for fourth in ground balls with 21 and a tie for fifth in caused turnovers with 12. She has multiple points in eight games and has scored at least two goals in seven games, including a career-high five in an 18-9 win over #9 Stonehill on April 6, for which she was named the conference's player of the week.

Collins, selected to the second team as a sophomore, has started all 16 games this year for the conference's second-best defense and the fifth-best in the nation. The anchor for a defense that allows just 6.94 goals per game, Collins is fourth on the team in caused turnovers with 15. She ranks fifth in draw controls with 10 and tied for sixth in ground balls with 19. She has caused multiple turnovers in five games, including two games with three caused turnovers, while she has at least two ground balls in five games, including a career high-tying five in a     12-9 win over #7 West Chester last Friday.

Marbut, who earned her first all-conference honors, leads the nation in save percentage at 0.557 and is the only goalie in the conference with a mark above 48-percent. Named the goalkeeper of the week on two occasions, Marbut ranks second in the league in goals against average at 6.93, a mark that puts her fifth nationally. In 909:33 between the pipes, Marbut has made 132 saves, including a career-high 14 in an 11-7 win at Merrimack on April 10. With her 14 victories, Marbut is just the second player in the program's history to post that total.

Maroney, a repeat selection on the second team, has started alongside Collins in all 16 games. Tasked with guarding one of the opponents' top scorers, Maroney is second on the team in caused turnovers with a career-best 17. She is tied for fourth on the team in ground balls with 21, the second-highest total of her career, while ranking sixth in draw controls with nine. In transition, Maroney has dished out a pair of assists.

Maggie Monnat, one of just two unanimous selections to the all-rookie team, has started each game during Le Moyne's 12-game unbeaten streak. She ranks second on the team behind Bauer in assists with 16, ranks fourth on the team in total points with 29 and is tied for eighth in goals with 13. She is tied for ninth in ground balls with 16, while recording seven draw controls and causing five turnovers. She has seven games with multiple points, including a career-best five points (1g, 4a) at Merrimack, and three games with at least two goals, including a season-high three against West Chester.

Claire Monnat, who has appeared in all 16 games in her first collegiate season, has scored 18 goals to rank sixth on the team, while dishing out seven assists to land in a tie for the fifth-most on the team. Her 25 total points are the seventh-most on the team. She has converted six free-position shots, the fourth-most on the squad, while picking up 16 ground balls. Over the final five games of the regular season, she recorded 12 points (tied for the second-most in the stretch) on 10 goals (tied for the most in the span) and two assists.

In the Northeast-10 semifinals on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., the Dolphins will host either fourth-seed University of New Haven or fifth-seeded Bentley University. Le Moyne defeated New Haven, 16-11, on April 3, but was upended by Bentley, 10-9, in overtime on March 17.


2013 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year
– Kathleen Conese, Le Moyne
Rookie of the Year
– Rachel O'Brien, Adelphi
Midfielder of the Year
– Kelsey Reilly, Stonehill
Defensive Player of the Year
– Rachel Resnick, New Haven
Goalkeeper of the Year
– Ally Dorman, Bentley
Coach of the Year
– Holly Drown, Saint Anselm

First team

Attack –
Kathleen Conese (Le Moyne)**, Brenna Bauer (Le Moyne), Rachel O'Brien (Adelphi), Natalie Lieberman (New Haven), Kayla Green (Stonehill)

Midfielders –
Devan Crimi (Adelphi)**, Carolyn Kynoch (Bentley), Victoria Nies (Le Moyne), Kathryn Campbell (New Haven), Kelsey Reilly (Stonehill)

Defense –
Katelynn Ciaci (Adelphi), Jacqueline Williams (Adelphi), Amy Ernst (Bentley), Megan Collins (Le Moyne), Rachel Resnick (New Haven)

Goalkeeper – Ally Dorman (Bentley), Molly Marbut (Le Moyne)

Second Team

Attack –
Alexa Froccarro (Adelphi), Amy McNeil (Assumption), Cori Geiger (Bentley), Heather Sullivan (Stonehill), Marissa Daly (Saint Anselm), Caitlin Villareal (Saint Anselm)

Midfielders –
Danielle Jaycox (Adelphi), Jenn Pino (Merrimack), Sarah Doherty (Saint Anselm), Ellie Morin (So. New Hampshire)

Defense –
Allison Tivnan (Assumption), Molly Maroney (Le Moyne), Melissa Gaetano (New Haven), Molly McGaffigan (Saint Anselm), Taylor Midgley (Saint Michael's), Katherine McDonough (Stonehill)

Goalkeeper –
Allee Ramzi (Saint Anselm)

All-Rookie Team

Rachel O'Brien (Adelphi)**, Camille Rosellini (Adelphi), Lissy Doherty (American Int'l), Meghan Curtin (Assumption), Tori Cerny (Bentley), Claire Monnat (Le Moyne), Maggie Monnat (Le Moyne)**, Aubrie Stouffer (Merrimack), Courtney Ackland (New Haven), Marisa McDermott (New Haven), Caitlin Villareal (Saint Anselm), Alexa Allen (So. New Hampshire), Remi DiRe (Stonehill)

**Indicates a Unanimous Selection