By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, posted 3/1/09
Cabrini College won eight straight Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) championships from 1998-2005, but fell to rival Eastern in the PAC finals in each of the past three seasons.
This year, the Cavaliers are favored to win the new Colonial States Athletic Conference. For one thing, the Cavs return a host of key players. Also, Eastern has moved into the Middle Atlantic Conference.
Cabrini, 13-6 last year under 13-year head coach Jackie Neary (Ridley), has plenty of firepower in junior Erin Nollen (Henderson; 67 goals, PAC Player of Year), senior Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley; 50 goals), sophomore Jaime O’Hanlon (Springfield-Delco; 30-20-50) and junior Danielle Rothermel (St. Hubert; 30 goals). Also, junior Lynda Kauffman (Chichester) has transferred in from Moravian where she scored 43 goals last year.
The defense returns seniors Christina Romano (St. Hubert) and Chrissy Regan (St. Hubert) and sophomores Courtney Davis and Andrea Bialon. Junior goalie Kate Schmid (St. Hubert) was 11-5 last year with a .529 save percentage.
Eastern University – The Eagles, who won the last three PAC championships, face a stern test as they move to the Middle Atlantic Conference. They opened with a tough 16-6 loss to Ursinus. Key returnees on offense are seniors Jessie Basch, Erin Reimel, Katie Choquette and Erin Fries and sophomore Grace Griffth while senior Linnea Davis, junior Sarah Hager (Abington) and sophomore Lindsey Moosey anchor the defense. Kim Campbell (Great Valley) returns in goal after earning the PAC title-game MVP award last year.
Ursinus College – The Bears opened their season in style Friday with the convincing win over Eastern, while also picking up the program’s 500th all-time win. The school became the first in all divisions to reach that mark. The attack will feature senior Lisa Clark (Penncrest; 25-10-35), junior Elizabeth Cannon (32-23-55), sophomore Lindsay Urban (Central Bucks East; 18-7-25) and freshmen Kristen Wampole (Souderton), and Kim Peifer (Methacton). Senior Laura Patton (Penncrest), juniors Sarah Brant (Hill School) and junior Cindy Taylor (Boyertown) and sophomore Allison Furman (Boyertown) head the defense. Junior Alex McBride is the goalie.
Gwynedd-Mercy College – The Griffins were picked to finish second in the PSAC by the league coaches. Sophomore Colleen Dellostretto (Upper Moreland) returns after notching 49 goals last year. She is joined by sophomores Kristie Pollock (Unionville; 33 goals) and Bridget Gibson (St. Hubert; 28 goals). The defense is led by senior Victoria Geppert (Prennridge) and junior Pam Moyer (Boyertown) while sophomore Trisha Timony returns in goal.
Widener University – The Pride opened Saturday with an 11-9 loss to Haverford College. The offense will feature senior Grace Cavanaugh (18 goals), juniors Jackie Elliott (Upper Darby; 33 goals), and Brittany Dippolito, sophomore Mellany Broomall and freshman Jenn Harnden The defense is anchored by senior Nicole Pappas and sophomore Laura Fidati.
Haverford College – Former Penn assistant and Princeton great Julie Shaner Young (Germantown Academy) takes over for the Fords, who are off to a 2-0 start. The attack has gotten an early boost from three freshmen, Josie Ferri (Pennsbury), Alexa Pesce and Jen Schmidt, and also features seniors Casey Sanborn, Liz Koelmel and Lauren Finkel and sophomore Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds. Sophomores Liz Mayell, Kristin Sockett and Molly Jordan head the defense
Neumann College – The Knights, 6-10 last year, will depend on senior midfielder Gabby D’Ambrosio, an IWLCA second-team All-Regional pick who had 67 goals and 73 draw controls. Other keys are senior midfielder Rachael DiCicco, senior defender Kerri Sinclair (Unionville), junior attacker Colleen Finnegan, sophomore midfielder Sarah Poynter and freshman midfielder Alex Bohen (Upper Merion).
Swarthmore College – The top offensive threats from last year’s 6-11 Garnet, led by sophomores Amy Vachal (39 goals) and Emily Evans (20 goals), junior Abbe Muller (28 goals) and senior Marissa Schaffer (29) all return. Senior Melissa Grigsby (West Chester East), junior Carey Pietsch and sophomore Alison Kelly heads the defense for coach Karen Borbee (Penncrest).
Arcadia University – Senior Shannon Bustin (Interboro; 30 goals, 14 assists) returns to head the attack for the Knights, who went 4-11 last year. Other keys are seniors Melanie Mark (Upper Perkiomen, midfield), Kate Beers (defense) and Erin Cunningham (Archbishop Prendergast; 11 goals, 11 assists).
Bryn Mawr College – The Owls are looking to improve on a 5-1l season. The attack is led by senior midfielder Georgia Lawrence (15 goals) while seniors Cara Sogliuzzo and Katie Kellom and junior Caroline Heffernan and sophomore Callie Jensen heads the defense.
Immaculata University – Senior Claire Lichty (20 goals) and sophomore Rebecca Whiteman (Great Valley; 16 goals) lead the offense for the Mighty Macs, trying to better a 1-12 mark. Seniors Anastasia Likanchuk, Jenn Norris and Diane Quintanilla head the defense.
Penn State Abington – Former Temple great Mary Fran Riffel will guide the team while Deb Andress continues on a medical leave while receiving treatment for a brain tumor.