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Local Division II women's lacrosse teams to watch

LIU Post attacker Ashley Olen controls the ball

LIU Post attacker Ashley Olen controls the ball against Adelphi in the NCAA Division II women's lacrosse quarterfinal. (May 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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Last year: 17-3 (NCAA champion)

Coach: Meghan McNamara (sixth season, 79-14)

Players to watch: A Jackie Sileo (45, 96 a), Ashley Olen (74,18), Abbie Ross (53,11), M: Brie-Claire Drost, Katie Rotan (28 g, 36 gb). G: Dominique Mosca (6.06)

Newcomers: M/D: Katie Ventrella. M/A: Emily Delaney

Key stat: Outscored opponents 337-177. Sileo set an NCAA record for points in a championship (17) and school record for single-season assists. Olen set single-season record for goals.

Outlook: Expect to defend title with powerful offense and veteran goalkeeper.



Last year: 16-3

Coach: Rob Grella (Second season, 16-3)

Players to watch: A: Devan Crimi (50, 21), Sara Sangiorgio (49,5). M: Meg Brown ( 42,12), Alexa Froccaro (29,9), Danielle Jaycox ( 27,6). D: Jacqueline Williams (26gb). G: Jordan Dempsey

Newcomers: A: Rachel Aitkens, Rachel O’Brien, Roxanne Raab, Emily Keesling, Carlyanne Ortmann. M: Camille Rosellini. D: Katy Richardson, Cassidy Sauvageau, Nona Stoia. G Taylor Hayes

Key stat: Led the nation in scoring offense (17.89 goals per game)

Outlook: Expect to defend Northeast-10 Championship and win an NCAA Championship.



Last year: 13-4

Coach: Kerri McCabe (Fifth season, 58-22)

Players to watch: M: Sam Stavish (38, 5), Kelly Cefalu (43 goals in 2011, injured last year). A: Kelly Difede (30), Jackie Anderson (61,21). D: Meagan Smith (18,15 ct). G Tina Fey

Newcomers: D: Taylor O’Brien, Emma Ferreira, Lindsey Cafiero. M Sam Citron, Allie Merrill

Key stat: Won second straight ECC title

Outlook: NCAA berth well within reach.



Last Year: 9-8

Coach: Tom Campolettano (Eighth season, 59-48-1)

Players to Watch: M: Kaitlynn Kelly (52, 8a), Nicole Mastrianni (21,7), A: Alexa Toscano (21,27), Codi Reiser (15, 15). D: Danielle Clesi (41gb, 56 dc, 35 ct), Emily Glenn (31, 10, 15ct)

Newcomers: A: Ariana Cavallone. M: Anna McGovern. D: Kim Quigley, Kelsey Dougherty, Katie O’Brien, Caitlin Caiazza. G: Caroline Winters

Key Stat: Won six of last eight games of 2012 season.

Outlook: Looking to become a contender in tough conference.

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