Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/28/15
From Press Release
James Madison senior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) has been voted the Colonial Athletic Association’s lacrosse Preseason Player of the Year, announced Tuesday by the league. The Dukes were picked to finish second in the CAA in 2015 by the league’s coaches. JMU was just narrowly edged by Towson in the vote, who has won the CAA tournament each of the last three seasons.
In addition to being named Preseason Player of the Year, Finley was named to the 2015 Preseason All-CAA Team. Delaware also had four players earn Preseason All-CAA honors.
Finley’s honor comes on the heels of being named CAA Co-Player of the Year last season, sharing the honor with Towson’s Andi Raymond. In 2014, Finley scored a team-high 44 goals while tallying 15 assists for 59 points. She was named First Team All-CAA in 2014 while setting the single-season program record for draw controls in a campaign with 69. She was named CAA Player of the Week twice last season and scored a career-high five goals on two occasions against Hofstra and Drexel. Finley was also named a Preseason All-American Honorable Mention by Inside Lacrosse in December, while also earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the fall.
For Delaware, Senior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) joined juniors Lizzie Duffey (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape), Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada/Berkshire) and Erin Wein (Middletown, Md./Middletown) on the Preseason All-CAA Team.
McCartney, a three-time IWLCA All-Region honoree, had 40 draw controls in 2014 and enters the season in second place all-time at Delaware in the category. She also added 30 goals and nine assists last season.
Duffey earned All-CAA accolades after finishing 2014 with 1.53 caused turnovers per game, which was good for third in the league. She also had 23 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers.
Lyons earned First Team All-CAA and IWLCA All-Region honors after posting a team-best 58 points with 36 goals and 22 assists in her first season with the Blue Hens after transferring to Delaware.
Wein earned All-CAA honors last season after finishing second in the league and 17th in the NCAA with 1.82 caused turnovers per game. Her total of 31 caused turnovers was good for second in UD single season history.
Picked to finish second in the conference after falling to Towson in overtime of the CAA Tournament Finals last May, JMU picked up 37 points in the preseason poll of conference coaches, which included two first-place votes. Towson finished first in the vote with 39 points and five first-place votes while Delaware and Hofstra tied for third with 31 points apiece. Drexel was picked to finish fifth in the CAA with 19 points and William & Mary selected sixth with 18 points. Conference newcomer Elon, in just its second-ever season of women’s lacrosse, was picked to finish seventh with 14 points.
JMU opens its season Sunday, Feb. 1, against North Carolina at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill. Emily Garrity, one of JMU’s two assistant coaches, was a two-time team captain at North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to the national championship during her senior campaign in 2013.
2015 PRESEASON ALL-CAA WOMEN’S LACROSSE TEAM
Name, Position, School
Brittain Altomare, Attack, Hofstra
Stephanie Finley (Sacred Heart), Attack, James Madison
Casey Lyons, Attack, Delaware
Andi Raymond, Attack, Towson
Alison Curwin, Midfielder, James Madison
Lizzie Duffey (Lenape, NJ), Midfielder, Delaware
Taylor Gress, Midfielder, James Madison
Breanna Hamm, Midfielder, Towson
Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood), Midfielder, Delaware
Lexi Cross, Defender, James Madison
April Iannetta, Defender, Hofstra
Erin Wein, Defender, Delaware
Kelsea Donnelly, Goalkeeper, Towson
Honorable Mention: Michelle Gildea (Midfielder, Towson/Springfield-Delco); Amanda Johnson (Midfielder, William & Mary); Michelle Dufault (Defender, Towson); Kelsey Gregerson (Goalkeeper, Hofstra)
CAA Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Player of the Year: Stephanie Finley, Attack, James Madison
2015 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Predicted Order of Finish
(Points (First-Place Votes))
1. Towson, 39 (5)
2. James Madison, 37 (2)
T-3. Delaware, 31
T-3. Hofstra, 31
5. Drexel, 19
6. William & Mary, 18
7. Elon, 14