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2008 Elizabethtown College
The goal for the Elizabethtown College women's lacrosse team in 2008 is simple - win the Middle Atlantic Conference postseason championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
In 2007, it appeared as though the Blue Jays would reach that pinnacle as Elizabethtown completed a perfect 10-0 conference record during the regular season to earn the top seed in the postseason tournament. But, a shocking 11-10 overtime loss in the semifinals ended the squad's season with a 13-4 record.
With 11 of the team's 12 starters and 17 of its 19 players back from last year's team, including six All-Conference selections, expectations are justifiably strong for the Blue Jays in 2008.
Leading the Etown attack is junior Katie Foley (Palmyra, NJ/Holy Cross), who was named MAC Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro Region by the IWLCA after finishing with a school-record 69 goals and 25 assists for 94 points. She also led the team with 40 draw controls and tied for third with 29 ground balls.
Foley, who is tied for second in program history with 109 goals and third with 148 points, scored five or more goals in six different matches last season, including a school-record 10 goals in an 18-9 win at Susquehanna on April 4.
Sophomore Megan Byrnes (Lutherville, MD/Towson) will also be a threat inside the arc as she was selected second-team All-MAC after she notched 44 goals and 17 ssists for 61 points in her rookie season. Junior Kelsea Kozak (Brookhaven, PA/Sun Valley) added 14 goals and a team-high 38 assists for 52 points, and junior Anna Ford (Salisbury, MD/Homeschooled) posted 18 goals and three assists along with 29 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers.
In the midfield, sophomore Katie Caprinolo (Jarrettsville, MD/North Harford) was named the MAC Rookie of the Year and second-team All-MAC after tallying 44 goals and seven assists for 51 points. Sophomore Stephanie Kreis (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll School) also had a strong first season as she was named second-team All-MAC as well with 29 goals and four assists for 33 points, to go with 24 draw controls and 25 caused turnovers.
Sophomore Alisha Sangrey (Columbia, PA/Hempfield) tallied 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points to go with 20 draw controls and 26 ground balls, while off the bench sophomore Carly Goetting (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Boro) notched seven goals and two assists for nine points.
Leading the defense is junior Dana Simmons (Flourtown, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh), who was a first-team All-MAC pick after tallying 15 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Junior Danielle Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) led the team with 38 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers, while junior Lyndsey Reeve (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) posted 21 ground balls.
Senior Amanda Reid (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Area) and sophomore Caitlin Russell (White Hall, MD/North Harford) will also see playing time on defense along with senior Kim Chuba (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional), who did not play last season.
In goal, junior Jenn Hawkins (Havre de Grace, MD/Havre de Grace) was a first-team All-MAC pick after finishing with a 9.78 goals against average and a .547 save percentage while starting all 17 games between the pipes.
The Blue Jays open their 16-game schedule on Friday, Feb. 22 against York College on Wolf Field, and play the first of eight MAC games on Saturday, Mar. 29 against FDU-Florham.