Washington College Season Preview
from press release
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Coming off its best season in six years, the Washington College women's lacrosse team is poised to contend for a Centennial Conference Tournament berth in 2011.
The Shorewomen went 8-7 in 2010, including a win over conference tournament-bound Ursinus College. Washington will be a young team in 2011 - just one senior and six juniors are on the 23-woman roster - but will not be lacking in experience as 14 players return from last year's squad.
Attacker Sarah Cannon (Baltimore, MD/Notre Dame Prep), one of the team's four captains, is the lone senior on the roster. Cannon has been a fixture in the Shorewomen's attack since her freshman year as she has started all 46 of the Shorewomen's games since 2008. She scored 14 goals and notched 10 assists last season.
Junior defenders Brooke Paulshock (Forest Hill, MD/C. Milton Wright) andCaroline Stanley (Freeland, MD/Hereford) and junior midfielder/defender Ann Eickelberg (Amityville, NY/St. John the Baptist) are the team's three other captains. Paulshock earned All-Centennial Conference second-team honors and was named the team's Most Valuable Player last season after recording 25 ground balls, 26 draw controls, and 12 caused turnovers. Stanley finished the 2010 season with eight ground balls and seven caused turnovers and, like Paulshock, started every game. Eickelberg scored two goals in six games last season.
Washington's three other juniors are attackers Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School) and Liza Twilley (Salisbury, MD/Salisbury School)and midfielder Rachel Bartee (Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll). Parrish finished second on the team in goals (27) and tied for second in points (35) last season. Bartee scored 10 goals and had one assist in nine games as her season was cut short by injury, while Twilley tallied eight goals and three assists in 12 games.
Three of the Shorewomen's 2011 sophomores started all 15 games as freshmen in 2010. Midfielder Mollie Shipley (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) led the team in goals (31), points (36), and ground balls (28) and was second on the team in caused turnovers (15) en route to earning All-Centennial Conference honorable mention recognition. Midfielder Marissa Restaino (Media, PA/Penncrest) led the team in caused turnovers (16), was second in ground balls (27), and tied for second in draw controls (26). She also scored 12 goals and assisted on six others. Defender Katie Rogers (Annapolis, MD/Elizabeth Seton) recorded 16 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
Sophomore attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) was the Shorewomen's top scorer off the bench last season, firing in 19 goals and assisting on six others. Sophomore goalie Stephanie Seibert (Clear Spring, MD/Mercersburg Academy [PA]) played in 10 games and made three starts as a freshman and was named the team's Most Improved Player. Sophomore defender Elizabeth Peroutka (Baltimore, MD/Notre Dame Prep)(six ground balls, three caused turnovers) and sophomore midfielder Olivia Hanley (Phoenix, MD/Dulaney) (three goals, three assists) each made one start last season.
The Shorewomen's eight freshmen are all from Maryland. Five were with the Shorewomen for the fall season: Meredith Callis (Baltimore, MD/Roland Park Country School), Laura Nicely (Baltimore, MD/Institute of Notre Dame), Sydney Slavin (Timonium, MD/Dulaney), Chelsea Spector(Stevensville, MD/Kent Island), and Jillian Undem (Bel Air, MD/Fallston). Classmates Kathleen Maleski (Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll) andRachelle Martinez (Silver Spring, MD/Northwood), meanwhile, played soccer in the fall. Carly Eisenbrant (Baltimore, MD/Towson) transferred to Washington mid-year after spending the fall semester at High Point University. Washington also welcomes another mid-year transfer; sophomoreKathleen Larkin (Huntington, NY/St. Anthony's) spent three semesters at James Madison University.
Head coach Julika Blankenship is in her third year at the helm of the Shorewomen after spending three years as an assistant. She welcomes two newcomers to her coaching staff. Senior assistant coach Heidi Pearce Yetman was an All-American player at Johns Hopkins and a successful head coach at St. Andrew's School in Delaware. Assistant coach Leanne Hollinger was an all-conference and all-region goalie at McDaniel College,
The Shorewomen open their season at home against Virginia Wesleyan on February 25th. The non-conference slate also includes home games against St. Mary's College of Maryland, Rowan, and Bridgewater and road games at Goucher and Randolph-Macon. Conference play begins March 23rd at home against McDaniel.