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Philly’s Barnes, Filippelli, Foley, McCraw named to Big East Preseason All-League team

Tuesday, 25th January 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 1/25/11
From Press Releases

For the second consecutive year, the BIG EAST women’s lacrosse coaches have selected Georgetown as the favorite in the BIG EAST women’s lacrosse preseason poll.

Louisville's Bergan Foley (Gwynedd Mercy Ac.)

Meanwhile, Georgetown’s Kelly Barnes (Radnor) and Logan McCraw (Conestoga), Loyola’s Cara Filippelli (Archbishop Carroll), and Louisville’s Bergan Foley (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) were named to Big East Preseason All-League team

The Hoyas totaled 59 points, including four first-place votes and were narrowly picked ahead of Syracuse (57 points), which had three first-place selections. Notre Dame (50 points) and Loyola (47 points) each earned a first-place vote as well. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

Loyola senior Grace Gavin was tabbed as the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was one of eight unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST honorees. For the second straight year, Syracuse senior Liz Hogan earned Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as Preseason All-BIG EAST accolades.

Gavin totaled 87 points, including 64 goals and 23 assists last season. She also scored five game-winning goals and was the 2010 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year.

Hogan played in 22 games last year and posted a league-leading 8.63 goals-against average. She also led the BIG EAST in save percentage, posting a .525 mark along with 211 saves.

Georgetown returns six starters and 21 letterwinners to a squad that won the 2010 BIG EAST regular-season crown as well as the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship. The Hoyas went 13-6 last season, including 8-0 in BIG EAST play. Senior McCraw and junior Barnes anchor a defense which ranked among the league leaders.

Both players also were All-BIG EAST First Team performers last season, while Barnes was a unanimous preseason selection this year. Senior attacker Jordy Kirr, a unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST pick, will be a key cog on offense.

Syracuse, which has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship in two of the last three years under the direction of head coach Gary Gait, was picked second. The Orange (15-7, 6-2 BIG EAST) return seven starters and 23 letterwinners.

Notre Dame was slotted for the third position and has advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of the last three seasons. The Irish (11-7, 6-2 BIG EAST) tied for second in the regular-season standings last year and were the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Championship.

Loyola (11-7, 5-3 BIG EAST) was tabbed fourth in the preseason selections with 47 points and one first-place vote. Including Gavin, three Loyola players earned Preseason All-BIG EAST honors, including senior midfielder Filippelli and classmate Abby Rehfuss.

Last season Filippelli was among the league leaders in draw controls averaging 2.67 per game along with 23 goals, 23 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. Rehfuss also was a steady contributor with 23 goals, 41 ground balls, 48 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers.

Louisville was picked fifth and will look to seniors Emily Dashiell and Foley to lead the offense. A unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Dashiell had a league-leading 3.73 draw controls per game last year, along with 41 goals.

Foley, also a unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST pick, led the league in goals at 4.59 per outing. She totaled 84 points, including a league-leading 78 goals. The Cardinals were 11-6 last season, 4-4 in BIG EAST play.

Rutgers was picked sixth following an 11-5 mark last year, 4-4 in BIG EAST action. Senior midfielder Marlena Welsh, a Preseason All-BIG EAST pick, will help direct the offense after totaling 31 points, including 27 goals last year.

Connecticut, Cincinnati and Villanova round out the poll. In all, 14 of the 16 Preseason All-BIG EAST selections were seniors.

The 2011 season will be the second year in which the league will contain nine members. In addition, it is the second year that all three games of the BIG EAST Championship will be televised live on national television.

The CBS College Sports Network will broadcast both semifinals live on Thursday, May 5 while the title game is set for Saturday, May 7. The 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Georgetown University.

2011 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Georgetown (4) 59
2. Syracuse (3) 57
3. Notre Dame (1) 50
4. Loyola (1) 47
5. Louisville 36
6. Rutgers 31
7. Connecticut 23
8. Cincinnati 14
9. Villanova 11

First-place votes in parentheses

2011 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
*Grace Gavin, Loyola, Senior, Attack/Midfield

2011 BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
*Liz Hogan, Syracuse, Senior, Goalkeeper

2011 BIG EAST Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

Kailene Abt, Notre Dame, Senior, Midfield
*Kelly Barnes (Radnor), Georgetown, Junior, Defense
*Shaylyn Blaney, Notre Dame, Senior, Midfield
*Emily Dashiell, Louisville, Senior, Midfield
*Jackie Doherty, Notre Dame, Senior, Defense
Cara Filippelli (Archbishop Carroll), Loyola, Senior, Midfield
*Bergan Foley (Gwynedd Mercy Aademy), Louisville, Senior, Attack
*Grace Gavin, Loyola, Senior, Attack/Midfield
*Liz Hogan, Syracuse, Senior, Goalkeeper
*Jordy Kirr, Georgetown, Senior, Attack
Tee Ladouceur, Syracuse, Senior, Attack
Logan McCraw (Conestoga), Georgetown, Senior, Defense
Abby Rehfuss, Loyola, Senior, Midfield
Catherine Rodriguez, Syracuse, Senior, Midfield
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, Sophomore, Attack
Marlena Welsh, Rutgers, Senior, Midfield

* unanimous selections

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