By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/8/10
Phillylacrosse.com presents its annual listing of Philly women playing on teams named in the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20.
1. Northwestern – Junior defensive midfielder Colleen Magarity (Germantown Academy) was a steady contributor off the bench last year for the five-time defending national champion Wildcats. She played in 22 games and scooped six groundballs. Magarity was a starter Saturday when the Wildcats opened defense of their five straight championships with an 18-6 thumping of Massachusetts.
2. Maryland – Senior attack Jenny Collins (North Penn) had seven goals last year and sophomore attack Colleen Dawson (West Chester East) redshirted last year after tallying three goals as a freshman. Both figure to be key offensive weapons this year.
3. North Carolina – Freshman midfielder Emily Garrity (Strath Haven), last year’s Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year, is expected to be a starter. Sophomore defender Beth Ellis (Radnor), the Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year in 2008, is attempting to come back from knee surgery that limited her to two games in 2009.
4. Penn – The Quakers feature senior attack Courtney Lubbe (Council Rock North), who had 26 goals and 16 assists last year and earned First Team All-Ivy League honors. Sophomore midfielder Allison Tatios (Bayard Rustin) had three goals in 10 games last year and is fighting for more time. Other veterans are senior attack Megan Smith (Henderson) and senior defender Jill Taylor (Penn Charter). Two freshmen expected to compete for time are midfielders Kelly McCallion (Notre Dame) and Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco).
5. Duke – The Blue Devils have a host of Philly products, led by junior midfielder Emma Hamm (Baldwin School) and senior defender Sara Giedgowd (Conestoga). Hamm had 16 goals and 19 assists as well as 55 draw controls in 2009 while Giedgowd started 19 games at close defense and had 13 caused turnovers. Other returnees include senior midfielder Christie Barnes (Radnor), junior defender Taylor Fleming (Merion Mercy), and sophomore midfielders Amanda Jones (Germantown Academy) and Kim Wenger (Great Valley). Wenger played in all 21 games and scored six goals while Jones had two goals and four assists in just seven games (due to illness). Freshmen include defender Sarah Kendrick (Hill School) and attack Caroline Keating (Agnes Irwin). Duke is coached by Kirsten Kimmel (Haverford High).
6. Georgetown – The Hoyas feature several Philly grads that played key roles last year, including sophomore midfielder Kelly Barnes (Radnor), junior midfielder Mary Beth Brophy (Archbishop Carroll) and senior defender Logan McCraw (Conestoga). Barnes, the 2008 Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year, had nine goals and five assists while Brophy had 12 goals and McCraw added five goal and three assists. Returning this year is redshirt senior midfielder Bunny O’Reilly (Springside School), who scored 12 goals as a junior and missed all of last year with an injury. Sophomore attack Mary Cannon (Agnes Irwin) is a reserve.
7. Syracuse – Senior captain Jackie DePetris (Archbishop Carroll) had five goals and five assists last year while serving as a key reserve. Sophomore midfielder Heather Wentz (Unionville) is a reserve.
8. Virginia – Junior midfielder Marghi Walters (Penn Charter) played in 10 games and had six draw controls last year. The Cavaliers are coached by Julie Myers (Harriton).
9. Notre Dame – Sophomore Maggie Tamasitis (Boyertown) had a standout freshman year, collecting 15 goals and 20 assists despite not starting one game. Sophomore midfielder Amelia Bernier (Conestoga) sat out last year due to injury.
10. Princeton – Senior midfielder Jenna Washabaugh (Germantown Academy) played in 14 games as a reserve last year while sophomore defender Kelly Harchut (Upper Dublin) did not play. Freshman attack Sam Ellis (Radnor) is fighting for time.
11. Vanderbilt – Sophomore defenders and twins Kacie Connors (Radnor) and Kelly Connors (Radnor) were reserves last year. Freshman midfielder Olivia Goodman (Agnes Irwin) also is fighting for time.
12. Dartmouth – Senior defender Alex Huestis (Strath Haven) has been a part-time starter all three years. Dartmouth is coached by Amy Patton (Unionville).
13. Boston University – The Terriers are coached by Liz Robertshaw (Strath Haven).
14. Stanford –Senior midfielder Julie Christy (Conestoga), senior attack Amanda Schwab (Harriton) and junior midfielder Ashley Aruffo (Episcopal Academy) are key returnees. Christy had 24 goals while Schwab added 21 while Aruffo played in all 18 games and contributed three goals and two assists. The Cardinal is coached by Amy Bokker (Phoenixville).
15. Loyola – Junior midfielder Cara Filippelli (Archbishop Carroll) has been named a tri-captain. Filippelli was a First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection in 2009 after totaling 46 ground balls and 24 draw controls along with 20 points and 15 goals as a sophomore. She also led a defense that caused 13.47 turnovers per game, which was tops in the NCAA in 2009. Her 39 caused turnovers (2.29 per game) led the team and was sixth in the country. Junior defender Kellye Gallagher (Ridley) emerged as a starter and was second on the team with 25 caused turnovers and tied for third with 31 ground balls. She finished seventh in the BIG EAST and in the top 50 of Division I players in caused turnovers per game (1.47). Junior attack Caroline Hager (Conestoga) had three goals and five assists last year.
16. Ohio State – Junior attack Kelly Haggerty (Unionville) was a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist last year when she collected 52 goals and 39 assists. She was a Second Team All-American and ranked fourth in points per game and seventh in total points among NCAA leaders in Division I. She also was a first-team all-American Lacrosse Conference. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Capuzzi (Archbishop Carroll) enjoyed a brilliant freshman year, totaling 24 goals, six assists, 30 groundballs and 30 draw controls. Senior defender Lindsay Burkhart (Ridley) played in 12 games and fighting for a starting spot. Vying for time this year are sophomore attack Kelsay Tabor (Downingtown West) and sophomore defender Laura Beck (Archbishop Carroll). The Buckeyes are coached by Sue Stimmel (Boyertown).
17. Towson – Senior attack Jacie Kendall (Souderton) ranked fourth on the team with 26 goals, 8 assists and 34 points. Freshman midfielder Kelly Custer (Sun Valley) is vying for time after missing all of her senior year with a knee injury.
18. Cornell – Senior midfielder Lindsey Kane (Perkiomen Valley) played in all 16 contests with eight starts in 2009, posting seven goals and an assist. Freshmen include midfielder Kate Ivory (Episcopal Academy) and goalie Courtney Gallagher (Notre Dame HS, NJ/Yardley). The Big Red is coached by Jenny Graap (West Chester East).
19. James Madison – Junior midfielder Mary Kate Lomady (Abington) was the team leader in goals (35) and added 11 assists. Redshirt sophomore Alex Menghetti (Penncrest) started nine of her 10 games and had a Sophomore Annie Brophy (Archbishop Carroll) had six goals in 16 games and figures to play a larger role this year. Freshman Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Whitemarsh) is looking for time at attack.
20. William and Mary – Junior co-captain and goalie Emily Geary (Radnor) ranked second in the CAA and fifth nationally with 3.45 ground balls per game and ranked fourth in the conference and 23rd nationally with 9.0 saves per game. Senior attack Kristin Anderson (Downingtown West) is a reserve and freshmen include midfielder Kyrstin Mackrides (Villa Maria Academy) and goalie Katie Geary (Radnor), Emily’s sister.