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Women’s lacrosse: Towson picked to finish first in CAA by league coaches

Friday, 25th January 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 1/25/13
From Press Release

Defending champion Towson was predicted to finish atop the CAA women’s lacrosse standings again in 2013 according to a vote by the league’s head coaches.

The Tigers received seven first-place votes for a total of 49 points to top the preseason poll. James Madison was selected second with 41 points, while Drexel received one first place vote and 35 points to earn the third spot. Delaware was picked to finish fourth with 28 points followed by Hofstra, William & Mary, Old Dominion and George Mason.

Towson, coming off its fourth CAA title in the past eight seasons, returns nine starters including first team All-CAA and third-team IWLCA All-American Alexa Demski. The senior defender ranked third in the CAA last season with 20 caused turnovers (1.25 p/g) while adding 39 ground balls and 11 draw controls. Towson will look to first team All-CAA selections Andi Raymond and Kelly Custer for its offense this season.

James Madison will look to build off its 11-7 (6-1 CAA) record in 2012 and win its third CAA title in four seasons. Casey Ancarrow (John Carroll), the 2012 CAA Player of the Year and a third-team All-American, returns for her senior season after leading the league with 2.61 goals per game (34 g) while adding 35 draw controls and 15 ground balls. JMU also returns its leading scorer Amy Roguski (Liberty, 40 g) and senior midfielder Ali Curwin (4 g, 2 a). Senior Amanda Matthews (Centennial, 14 gb, 12 ct) will lead a veteran Dukes’ defense, while All-CAA Rookie Team selection Schylar Healy (Liberty) will be in the JMU net after ranking third in the CAA in goals-against-average (8.95) and fourth in save percentage (.437) last year.

Both players contributed 35 goals apiece, while Raymond added 33 assists, which ranked second in the CAA. Towson will also be relying heavily on sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly, who enters the season as a starter for the first time in her career. Donnelly appeared in eight games last season, tallying 16 saves on 43 shots faced (.516 sv pct).

The CAA also announced it preseason All-CAA women’s lacrosse team, which was voted on by the league’s head coaches.

JMU’s Ancarrow headlined the team by being selected as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. Joining Anacarrow on the team from JMU are Healy, Matthews, and Roguski.

Towson landed a league-best five players on the squad with Custer, Demski, Michelle Dufault, Raymond, and Ashley Waldron. Drexel’s Joran, Maiden, and Norcini were also named to the team. Delaware placed three on the team with Biciocchi, Shannon Burns, and McCarthy while Shelby Davis of Old Dominion rounded out the squad.


1. Towson (7 First Place Votes) 49
2. James Madison 41
3. Drexel (1 First Place Vote) 35
4. Delaware 28
5. Hofstra 24
6. William & Mary 22
7. Old Dominion 13
8. George Mason 8


Name, School, Position, Class, Hometown (2012 stats)
Casey Ancarrow (John Carroll), James Madison, A, Sr., Jarrettsville, Md. (34 g, 9 a)
Alyse Maiden, Drexel, A, Sr., Washington Township, N.J. (36 g, 19 a)
Andi Raymond, Towson, A, Jr., Ada, Mich. (35 g, 33 a)
Amy Roguski (Liberty), James Madison, A, Jr., Sykesville, Md. (40 g, 19 dc)
Shannon Burns, Delaware, M, Jr., Springfield, Pa. (15 g, 47 dc)
Kelly Custer, Towson, M, Sr., Aston, Pa. (35 g, 41 dc)
Kelli Joran, Drexel, M, Sr., Downingtown, Pa. (29 g, 40 dc)
Caitlin McCartney, Delaware, M, So., Doylestown, Pa. (35 g, 37 gb)
Amanda Norcini, Drexel, M, Jr., Wayne, Pa. (28 g, 45 dc)
Ashley Waldron, Towson, M, Sr., Clay, N.Y. (23 g, 17 gb)
Angela Biciocchi, Delaware, D, Sr., Potomac, Md. (30 gb, 24 dc)
Shelby Davis, ODU, D, Sr., Elmira, N.Y. (25 gb, 11 ct)
Alexa Demski, Towson, D, Sr., Baltimore, Md. (39 gb, 20 ct)
Michelle Dufault, Towson, D, So., Fairport, N.Y. (19 gb, 14 ct)

Amanda Matthews 9Centennial), James Madison, D, Sr., Ellicott City, Md. (14 gb, 12 ct)
Schylar Healy (Liberty), James Madison, GK, So., Eldersburg, Md. (8.95 gaa, .437 sv pct)

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Casey Ancarrow, James Madison

Honorable Mention (players receiving multiple votes): Krystin Mackrides, A, William & Mary; Ashleigh Rohrback, A, Towson; Jill Maier, M, Hofstra; Katie Stillwell, M, William & Mary; Katie Leech, D, Towson; Alex Zaugra, GK, Delaware



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