CAA Coach Of The Year Sue Stahl Highlights Lax CAA Award Winners
April 25, 2003
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion head coach Sue Stahl was named the CAA Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, as voted upon by the league head coaches, highlighting the Lady Monarch award winners it was announced Friday evening in Norfolk, Va., where the 2003 CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship will be held on April 26-27.
Stahl is a three-time CAA Coach of the Year honoree, having also received the award in 1993 and 2002. Her 2003 Lady Monarchs are ranked 17th in the most recent IWLCA national poll and have the sixth best winning percentage in the country at 0.786 through last Sunday's games. Old Dominion is also ranked 18th in scoring offense at 11.64 goals per game and eighth with 12.5 draw controls per game. ODU enters the CAA Championship as the host and top seed after posting a perfect 7-0 mark in CAA regular-season play. The Lady Monarchs will seek the program's first conference championship since 1995 and their first-ever NCAA appearance.
James Madison senior midfielder Lisa Staedt (Springfield, Pa./Springfield), last season's CAA Player of the Year and a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy given to the nation's top player, was named 2003 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year. Staedt, a two-year team captain, three-time first team All-CAA member, and two-time All-America honoree, is just the second player in CAA history to garner back-to-back Player of the Year honors. She led the Dukes to an 11-5 record in the regular season and a national ranking of eighth heading into this weekend's tournament. She ranks in the top ten in the CAA in six statistical categories with totals of 62 points, 43 goals, 19 assists, 69 ground balls, 35 draw controls, and 27 caused turnovers in 16 games. She entered the week ranked 12th nationally in points and fifth in ground balls
In addition to Staedt, JMU junior defender Jess Beard (Davidsonville, Md./South River) was honored as CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Beard served as the leader of a JMU defense that allowed 8.50 goals per game, second lowest in the CAA. Through games of April 20, JMU ranked 18th nationally in scoring defense. Beard, a CAA scholar-athlete, typically matched up against the opposing team's top offensive player. Her 25 caused turnovers rank second on the team and 10th in the CAA. She also recorded two goals, 14 ground balls, and 12 draw controls.
Towson freshman attacker Becky Trumbo (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) earned CAA Rookie of the Year honors. Trumbo led the Tigers and ranked eighth in the CAA with an average of 3.14 points per game. She is the only freshman in the top ten in scoring and goals. Her 36 goals scored set a new Towson record for goals in a freshman season. Trumbo burst onto the scene in her collegiate debut with seven goals and one assist in a 17-16 win over American. Her seven goals are tied for second nationally for best one-game total and helped earn her one of two CAA Rookie of the Week honors this season. With two games remaining, she currently has 44 points, 36 goals, eight assists, 30 ground balls, 23 draw controls and a .553 shots on goal percentage.
Lady Monarch midfielders junior Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) and senior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) each earned First Team All-CAA honors. Wosczyna, also a 2002 CAA First Team honoree and ODU's all-time leading scorer, led Old Dominion and the CAA in scoring including points and assists per game. Among her 2003 highlights include setting the 2003 NCAA single-game mark for points with a 12-point effort in the Lady Monarchs victory over CAA rival Drexel. Entering the tournament, she has amassed 64 points on 37 goals and 27 assists in 10 appearances. Hensil, who makes her first appearance on the all-conference squad, was the only Lady Monarch to score in all 14 games this season and performed the hat trick seven times. Entering this weekend's championships, Hensil has recorded 34 goals and nine assists for 43 points.
Earning second team were sophomore attack Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA) and senior midfielder Marlaine Smith (Gaithersburg, MD). Shotwell has been a vital member of the offense, nearly quadrupling her efforts from last season, recording 38 goals and eight assists for 46 points. Smith currently leads the nation in draw controls with 63, averaging 4.8 per game. She has also had 10 goals and seven assists and is second on the squad in groundballs (34) and caused turnovers (14).
The Lady Monarchs (11-3, 7-0 CAA) begin play in the CAA Tournament against fourth seeded Hofstra at noon on Saturday, while second seeded James Madison faces third seeded George Mason at 2:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the finals on Sunday at noon with an automatic bid to the NCAA's on the line.
2003 ALL-CAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE TEAM(selected by CAA lacrosse coaches)
|Player, School||Pos.||Cl.||Hometown/High School|
|Jill Toomey, George Mason||A||Sr.||Annapolis, Md./Broadneck|
|Jessica Brownridge, James Madison||A||So.||Whitby, Ontario/Father Leo J. Austin|
|Lauren Work, William & Mary||A||Jr.||Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta|
|Lisa Staedt, James Madison||MF||Sr.||Springfield, Pa./Springfield|
|Suzanne Wosczyna, Old Dominion||MF||Jr.||Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville|
|Kathleen Mikowski, Hofstra||MF||Sr.||New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park|
|Gail Decker, James Madison||MF||Jr.||Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales|
|Danielle Hensil, Old Dominion||MF||Sr.||Havertown, Pa./Haverford|
|Jess Beard, James Madison||D||Jr.||Davidsonville, Md./South River|
|Paula Priest, George Mason||D||Sr.||Kingsville, Md./Fallston|
|Bridget Eder, Hofstra||D||So.||Baltimore, Md./Mt. De Sales Academy|
|Meg Dentler, George Mason||GK||So.||Crofton, Md./Arundel|
|Player, School||Pos.||Cl.||Hometown/High School|
|Becky Trumbo, Towson||A||Fr.||Eldersburg, Md./Liberty|
|Kristy Manas, George Mason||A||So.||Harwood, Md./Southern|
|Morgan Watkins, William & Mary||A||So.||Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin|
|Becky Thorn, Hofstra||A||Fr.||Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem|
|Erin Edell, Delaware||MF||So.||Glenelg, Md./Glenelg|
|Lisa Hagan, George Mason||MF||Jr.||Collingswood, N.J./Collingswood|
|Katrina Rand, Drexel||MF||Sr.||Sewell, N.J./Washington Township|
|Allison Evans, William & Mary||MF||Sr.||Annandale, Va./Annandale|
|Marlaine Smith, Old Dominion||MF||Sr.||Gaithersburg, Md./Albemarle (Va.)|
|Melody Shotwell, Old Dominion||MF||So.||Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock|
|Nicole Lewis, William & Mary||D||Jr.||Bel Air, Md./John Carroll|
|Ashlee Dardine, James Madison||D||So.||Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown|
|Lindsey Greer, Delaware||D||So.||Laurel, Md./Hammond|
|Amy Altig, James Madison||GK||So.||Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding|
2003 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lisa Staedt, James Madison
2003 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jess Beard, James Madison
2003 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Becky Trumbo, Towson
2003 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Sue Stahl, Old Dominion