By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/12/09
With the Division I lacrosse season just a month away, Phillylacrosse.com recaps the Philly players on the rosters of the Top 20 teams in the Lacrosse Magazine poll.
1. Northwestern – Sophomore Colleen Magarity (Germantown Academy) appeared in 17 games as a freshman and was switched to defense from midfield in Fall Ball. She should be a regular off the bench for the four-time defending champion Wildcats.
2. Syracuse – The Orange attack will have a strong Philly flavor. Senior attacker Megan Mosenson (Great Valley) had 43 goals and 19 assists last year and junior attacker Jackie DePetris (Archbishop Carroll) scored 21 goals.
3. Duke – Sophomore midfielder Emma Hamm (Baldwin School) had 31 goals and 38 groundballs and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and third-team All-American in a remarkable freshman season. Junior defender Sara Giedgowd (Conestoga) is a key starter on defense while junior midfielder Christy Barnes (Radnor) and sophomore defender Taylor Fleming (Merion Mercy) are reserves. Freshmen include midfielders Amanda Jones (Germantown Academy) and Kim Wenger (Great Valley). Duke’s coach is Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High).
4. Virginia – Senior defender Katie Shannon (Downingtown West) is fighting for a starting spot after starting five times last year and sophomore midfielder Marghi Walters (Penn Charter) is a reserve.
5. Princeton – Senior defender Marie McKenna (Penn Charter) was a Second-Team All-American last year when she had 29 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Jenna Washabaugh (Germantown Academy) became a starter last year and junior attacker Kaitlin Donovan (Unionville) is a backup while freshman Kelly Harchut (Upper Dublin) will vie for time. The Tigers coach is recent US Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Chris Sailer (Haverford High).
6. Penn – The Quakers, a finalist last year, welcome back senior attacker Becca Edwards (Springfield-Montco), who missed most of last season with an injury after being named All-Ivy League Honorable Mention and scoring 32 goals as a sophomore. With several key players graduated, senior attacker Hannah Rudloff (West Chester East), and junior attackers Courtney Lubbe (Council Rock North), Bethany Warren (Downingtown West) and Megan Smith (Henderson) hope to step up. Warren scored nine goals last year, Lubbe had six and Rudloff added five points. Junior defender Jill Taylor (Penn Charter) could be a factor after playing sparingly following a transfer from Old Dominion where she started as a freshman. Freshman midfielder Allison Tatios (Bayard Rustin) will vie for time.
7. Georgetown – Senior midfielder Megan Bloomer (Conestoga) scored 13 goals last year and along with senior attacker Bunny O’Reilly (Springside School) is a co-captain. O’Reilly had 12 goals last year. Sophomore midfielders Mary Beth Brophy (Archbishop Carroll) and Logan McCraw (Conestoga) played a lot as freshmen and will challenge for starting spots. Freshmen include midfielder Kelly Barnes (Radnor), the Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year, and Mary Cannon (Agnes Irwin).
8. Maryland – Senior attacker Jenny Collins (North Penn) scored twice as a reserve and sophomore attacker Colleen Dawson (West Chester East) tallied three goals as a freshman and could move up in the lineup.
9. Boston University – Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Kovach (Strath Haven) played in nine games as a freshman, scoring three goals.
10. North Carolina – Freshman Beth Ellis (Radnor), the Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year, will vie for time on defense.
11. Notre Dame – Two freshmen, midfielders, Amy Bernier (Conestoga) and Maggie Tamasitis (Boyertown) will vie for time.
12. Vanderbilt – Twin sisters Kacie and Kelly Connors (Radnor) will be backup defenders.
13. New Hampshire – none
14. Dartmouth – Junior defender Alex Huestis (Strath Haven) had 21 groundballs playing mostly as a starter last year and should be a key.
15. James Madison – Senior defender Jess Brophy (Archbishop Carroll) is a co-captain and the glue to the backline. She is joined by senior Mary Fran Shelton (North Penn). Senior attacker Jaime Dardine (Marple Newtown) had 16 goals and 10 assists and sophomore Mary Kate Lomady (Abington) had seven goals as a top reserve. Annie Brophy (Archbishop Carroll), Jess’s sister, is a freshman defender-midfielder and redshirt freshman Alex Menghetti (Penncrest) is vying for time.
16. Cornell – Senior defender Deirdre Lafferty (Unionville) started every game and scooped 23 groundballs while junior midfielder Lindsey Kane (Perkiomen Valley) scored five goals as a part-time starter.
17. Towson – Junior attacker Jacie Kendall (Souderton) broke loose by scoring 23 goals after seeing no action as a freshman.
18. Denver – Freshman goalie Ashley Harman (Boyertown) is vying for time.
19. Stanford – The Cardinal, coached by first-year mentor Amy Bokker (Phoenixville), are led by junior midfielder Julie Christy (Conestoga) and senior midfielder Bess Siegfried (Agnes Irwin). Christy had 15 goals and 10 assists and was a first-team all-conference pick while leading the team in draw controls (35) and groundballs (26). Siegfried contributed 13 goals and 16 assists. Junior attacker Amanda Schwab (Harriton) tallied 10 goals and will be a key this year while sophomore defender Ashley Aruffo (Episcopal Acadeny) could crack the starting lineup after being a top reserve last year.
20. Johns Hopkins – none