October 4, 2012

Abendschoen, D'Urso Named Monmouth Captains

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Fifth year senior Erica Abendschoen (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and senior Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex Regional) have been named captains of the Monmouth women's lacrosse team for the 2013 season.

"I think one of the most important aspects of a successful program is leadership," said fourth year head coach Denise Wescott. "Our two captains have been and will do a great job leading this team. They both have great personalities and communicate well with our players and coaching staff. They will set the pace but also have fun while practicing and playing. Eric and Gianna are also great role models as students, athletes, and human beings. I couldn't be happier having them represent our lacrosse program and Monmouth University."
Abendschoen is a returning captain from last year, where she helped lead the Hawks to their fourth Northeast Conference title. The midfielder has appeared in 49 career games, more than any current Hawk. Last season she appeared in 20 games, making nine starts in the midfield. Abendschoen scored on 10 of her 19 shots and gathered 16 ground balls and nine draw controls.

"Erica is a fifth year working on her masters and was a captain last season," said Wescott. "Due to injuries she has this extra year of eligibility and has worked hard every day in practice to earn the respect of her teammates. She brings lots of experience and determination to the table."

D'Urso, a three-time all-league honoree, is one of the most decorated defenders in team history. Through three seasons she already ranks ninth all-time in caused turnovers. As a junior she led the team in caused turnovers (31) and was second in ground balls (33), while ranking in the top-20 in the nation in caused turnovers per game. D'Urso was a first team selection a season ago and was named to the NEC All-Tournament team.

"Even as a freshman Gianna set a high standard for herself and the team," said Wescott. "She is competitive every day in every drill with every ball.

The Hawks look to defend their Northeast Conference Championship this spring but have a full slate of Fall Ball Tournaments, including at Quinnipiac this weekend.


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