Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/4/22
From Press Release
For the first time in Siena program history, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year comes from Loudonville, as women’s lacrosse fifth-year Nicole McNeely (Strath Haven) was named the league’s top offensive player, with her and six other Saints earning All-MAAC selections.
McNeely also earned First Team accolades, along with graduate student Emily Fiorillo. McNeely was named All-MAAC First Team on attack, while Fiorillo earned a spot on defense. On the second team midfield is senior Mary Soures, with junior Jenna Colabufo on defense. The Saints also had three MAAC All-Rookie team selections in Jordan Bentley, Meghan Decker, and Grace Dobrzynski.
After not receiving an All-MAAC selection a year ago, McNeely becomes the first in program history to win the Offensive Player of the Year award. She did earn Preseason All-MAAC honors, and has lived up to the billing. She currently ranks sixth nationally in assists (38) and 15th in assists per game (2.24) – while also coming up 11th nationally in points (83).
The Wallingford native is top-9 in the MAAC in ground balls per game (3rd, 2.65), draw controls (4th, 4.82), and free position percentage (9th, .450). She has broken Siena’s career records for goals, assists, and points this season, while also breaking or eclipsing the previous single-season records in all three categories as well. She was recognized by USA Lacrosse Magazine as having one of the more “efficient” games in NCAA Division I in the last five years with her five goal, two assist, six ground ball, four draw control game against Colgate. McNeely became the first player in program history to reach 200 career points, and was twice named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week.
The full list of All-MAAC Teams and major awards winners are below.
|2022 Women’s Lacrosse Major Awards|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Nicole McNeely (Strath Haven)||Siena|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Andrea Liotta||Manhattan|
|Midfielder of the Year||Cassidy Orban||Monmouth|
|Goalkeeper of the Year||Michelle Messenger*||Niagara|
|Rookie of the Year||Kira Varada||Iona|
|Coach of the Year||Jordan Trautman||Monmouth|
|All-MAAC First Team|
|All-MAAC Second Team|
|Elizabeth Talluto (Shipley School)||Jr.||Attack||Fairfield|
|MAAC All-Rookie Team|
|Danielle McNeely (Strath Haven)||Fr.||Midfield||Monmouth|
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