Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/1/23
From Press Release
Two Temple lacrosse student-athletes earned preseason awards from the American Athletic Conference as announced by the league office on Tuesday morning. Belle Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco) led the way, being tabbed Preseason Midfielder of the Year and Preseason All-Conference, while Mackenzie Roth (Parkland) joined on the All-Conference team.
Mastropietro is looking to build on a stellar career as she enters her senior season with the Owls. The Springfield native had an impressive 2022 performance, leading the team in points (68), while finishing second on the team in goals (44) and assists (24). The standout midfielder proved her dominance in the AAC, finishing in the top six of six different statistical categories, including goals and assists.
Last year, Mastropietro was the first student-athlete in Temple lacrosse history to earn a major award, winning AAC Midfielder of the Year. In addition to her major conference award, she was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection while also earning AAC All-Tournament team honors, Second Team All Mid-Atlantic Region honors, and Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Roth joins Mastropietro on the Preseason All-Conference team after an impressive season with the Owls in 2022. Roth dished out 36 assists to lead the team, ranking third all-time in Temple single-season assists and ninth all-time in career assists (60). Her 36 assists clocked in at 2.12 assists per game, sitting at second in the conference standings at the conclusion of the season. Roth showed her versatility, netting 22 goals to sit at fourth on the team.
In the conference stadings, Florida was voted as the front-runner to win the American, earning six of seven first place votes. In addition, the Gators had two student-athletes earn major awards in Danielle Pavinelli and Sarah Reznick. Pavinelli earned Preseason Attack Player of the Year while Reznick was tabbed Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. James Madison trails behind Florida, placing second in the conference standings, with 30 points and one first place vote. Vanderbilt clocks in at third with 24 points, beating out Temple by just one point, as Temple trails in fourth with 23 points. East Carolina, Cincinnati and Old Dominion round out the standings placing fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Temple will kick off their 2023 campaign on Friday, Feb. 10 for their first-ever meeting with Vermont, the reigning America East Champions. Game time is set for 3 p.m. with free attendance to the Temple Sports Complex for all fans. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
2023 American Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll
- Florida (6) * 36
- James Madison (1) 30
- Vanderbilt 24
- Temple 23
- East Carolina 17
- Cincinnati 11
- Old Dominion 6
First place votes in parenthesis
2023 American Athletic Conference Preseason Attack Player of the Year
Danielle Pavinelli, Florida *
2023 American Athletic Conference Preseason Midfielder of the Year
Belle Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco), Temple *
2023 American Athletic Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Mairead Durkin, James Madison
2023 American Athletic Conference Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Sarah Reznick, Florida
2023 American Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference Team
Ava Goeller, M, Cincinnati
Dani Mlkvy (Eastern Regional-NJ), D, Cincinnati *
Alexandra Giacolone, D, East Carolina
Caroline Kimel, A, East Carolina *
Catherine Flaherty, D, Florida
Emily Heller, M, Florida
Emma LoPinto, A, Florida *
Danielle Pavinelli, A, Florida *
Sarah Reznick, G, Florida *
Taylor Warehime, A, Florida
Mairead Durkin, D, James Madison *
Isabella Peterson, A, James Madison *
Lilly Siskind (Henderson), A, Old Dominion *
Belle Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco), M Temple *
Mackenzie Roth (Parkland), A, Temple
Bri Gross, M, Vanderbilt *
- Unanimous selection