2015 Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Guide

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Bryn Mawr (6-11, 0-9 CC, 10th place)
Head Coach: Katie Tarr (Swarthmore '02), 12th season
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All-Time Record: 178-416-8 (.302) since 1960
Preseason Poll Projection: 10th
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Georgina Dominique, Jr, M, 24-4-28; Claire Johnson, Jr, M, 13-4-17; Tanya Hamid, Sr, D; Katie Alpert, Soph, GK, 45.4 sv%, 13.59 GAA.
Key Losses
: Kathleen Magner, M, 36-5-41; Ashton Dwyer, A, 11-11-22; Katherine Kilmer, A, 12-1-13.
Outlook: The Owls look to break a 127-game Conference losing streak behind the return of middies Dominique and Johnson, who combined for 37 goals a year ago. Hamid started 15 games last spring and will lead the defense in front of Alpert. Bryn Mawr went 6-2 in non-conference matches in 2014 and hopes to turn around its Centennial fortunes in 2015.

Dickinson (9-8, 4-5 CC, T-5th place)
Head Coach: Kim Lowry (McDaniel '05), 2nd season
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All-Time Record: 200-287-3 (.409)
Preseason Poll Projection: T-4th
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Moira Mahoney, Jr, D, 1st team All-CC, 57dc, 27ct; Carly O'Brien, Sr, A, 2nd team All-CC, 34-11-45; Caroline Clancy, Jr, M, 2nd team All-CC, 28-5-33; Sydney Stern, Jr, A, 13-35-48; Maddy Siebold, Soph, M, 32-7-39; Jennifer Morrissey, Jr, A, 21-10-31; Katie Iverson, Jr, A, 23-5-28; Colleen Zulty, Jr, D, 19ct; JoJo Auerbach, Sr, GK, 45.2 sv%, 10.51 GAA: Tara Cuddihy, Soph, GK, 47.2 sv%, 10.41 GAA.
Key Losses: Brett Whelan, D.
Outlook: The Red Devils just missed a spot in the Centennial playoffs a year ago and are poised to make their first trip to the postseason since 2010. A potent attack is back with the return of O'Brien, Stern, Morrissey and Iverson who combined for 91 goals last spring. Clancy and Siebold are All-CC candidates at midfield, while Mahoney is one of the top defenders in the Conference. Auerbach and Cuddihy split time in the cage last season. Dickinson is a team to watch this season.

Franklin & Marshall (17-6, 8-1 CC, T-1st place, lost to Gettysburg in Centennial final; lost to Salisbury in NCAA quarterfinals)
Head Coach: Mike Faith (Salisbury '00), 3rd season at F&M, 11th overall
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All-Time Record: 437-175-3 (.713) since 1977
Preseason Poll Projection: 2nd
Centennial Titles: 5 (2007-08-09-10-11)
NCAA Titles: 2 (2007-09)

Key Returnees: Sarah Bozzo, Soph, D, 1st team All-CC, 19ct; Anastasia Mergner, Jr, M, 2nd team All-CC, 17-6-23, 109dc; Samantha Blicht, Jr, D, 2nd team All-CC, 18ct; Emily Everdell, Sr, A, HM All-CC, 42-3-45; Grace Saliba, Jr, A, 21-22-43; Brittany Jorgenson, Sr, A, 34-7-41.
Key Losses: Caroline Krohn, A, 1st team All-CC, 54-24-78; Kelsey Hoffman, GK, 1st team All-CC, 8.78 GAA; Mary Mitchell, M, 22-14-36; Ali Kelly, A, 20-12-32.
Outlook: The Diplomats have not won a Centennial title since 2011 but have the pieces in place to end the drought this spring. Everdell, Jorgenson and Saliba combined for 97 goals a year ago and return on attack. Mergner is a game changer on the draw, while Bozzo and Blicht may be the Conference's top defensive duo. Can F&M find a replacement in goal for the graduated Hoffman? That may be the key to the Diplomats' return to the top of the Centennial.

Gettysburg (18-3, 8-1 CC, T-1st place, d. Franklin & Marshall in CC final; lost to Trinity in NCAA quarterfinal)
Head Coach: Carol Cantele (Gettysburg '83), 23rd season
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All-Time Record: 443-188-7 (.700) since 1971
Preseason Poll Projection: 1st
Centennial Titles: 9 (2000-02-03-04-05-06-12-13-14)
NCAA Titles: 1 (2011)

Key Returnees: Bridget Kenny, Sr, A, 1st team All-CC, 47-13-60, 93dc; Emily Tropsa, Jr, D, 1st team All-CC, 9-2-11; Mandy Buell, Sr, A, 45-20-65; Maggie Connolly, Jr, M, 28-18-46; Abby Baigelman, Jr, A, 16-14-30; Amanda Borucki, Jr, A, 18-9-27; Gretchen Boehmcke, Sr, D, 17ct; Shannon Keeler, Soph, GK, 48.0 sv%, 8.34 GAA.
Key Losses: Kelsey Markiewicz, A, 1st team All-CC, 53-14-67; Loren Pruitt, A, 2nd team All-CC, 34-8-42; Katie Blumenthal, 19-10-29; Kelly Spieker, D; Paige McKenna, D.
Outlook: The Bullets have won three straight Centennial titles and the Class of 2015 looks to make it a clean sweep. The Conference's top attack unit may be Kenny, Buell, Baigelman and Borucki who combined for 126 goals. Connolly heads up the midfield, while Tropsa and Boehmcke are the veteran presence on the backline. Keeler had an outstanding rookie season and looks for even better things in 2015. Don't bet against the Bullets back in the CC title game in May.

Haverford (8-8, 4-5 CC, T-5th)
Head Coach: Lauren Wray (Duke '04), 4th season
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All-Time Record: 265-246-1 (.519) since 1981
Preseason Poll Projection: 7th
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Diana Perry, Sr, M, 1st team All-CC, 40-2-42, 57dc; Christina Gould, Jr, M, 22-10-32; Sarina Manetta, Soph, M, 20-8-28, 16ct; Brianna Robbins, Sr, D, 14ct; Dayna Kim, Sr, A, 14-6-20; Hannah Morgan, Sr, A, 15-3-18; Elyse Adler, Jr, A, 8-10-18.
Key Losses: Anne Cullen, D, HM All-CC, 15ct; Megan Gallagher, A, 27-2-29; Shannon Horn, GK, 10.53 GAA.
Top Newcomer: Rachel Romens, GK (Verona HS, Wis.)
Outlook: The Fords missed out on the playoffs by the slimmest of margins last spring and look to return in 2015. Perry leads the offense and is one of the top players in the region. Gould and Manetta complement at midfield, while Morgan and Adler are the headliners on attack. Robbins is the veteran presence on defense, but the Fords need to find a keeper. How she plays may well determine Haverford's playoff hopes this spring.

McDaniel (11-9, 5-4 CC, 4th place, lost to Gettysburg in Centennial semifinal)
Head Coach: Kristin Ramey (McDaniel '05), 2nd season; 4th overall
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All-Time Record: 300-222-6 (.574) since 1973
Preseason Poll Projection: T-4th
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Danielle Entrot, Sr, A, 1st team All-CC, 61-39-100; Julia Jacobs, Sr, A, HM All-CC, 71-9-80; Sam Barbeito, Jr, A, 36-46-82; Maggie Quinn, Jr, M, 22-10-32, 75dc; Bridget Bopst, Sr, M, 23-10-33; Mallory Michel, Sr, A, 16-15-31; Allison Farrell, Soph, M, 16-5-21; Kate Dudley, Sr, D; Lily Galzerano, Sr, GK, 38.8 sv%, 12.68 GAA.
Key Losses: Lauren McCadden, D, 2nd team All-CC, 20ct; Monica Parcell, M, 19-14-33; Kate Keim, D.
Outlook: Sleeper Alert! The Green Terror advanced to the Centennial semifinals for the first time in six seasons a year ago and look to reach the final in 2015. McDaniel can score - Entrot, Jacobs and Barbeito combined for 168 goals last spring on attack. Quinn is a force at the draw, while Bopst and Farrell also headline the midfield. Dudley is the lone starter back on defense in front of Galzerano. The Green and Gold surrendered 11.89 goals per game a year ago. If McDaniel can get that number into single digits, the sky could be the limit for the Terror.

Muhlenberg (10-7, 4-5 CC, T-5th place, lost to McDaniel in Centennial first round)
Head Coach: Kristen Stuckel (Gettysburg '95), 15th season
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All-Time Record: 168-254 (.398) since 1984
Preseason Poll Projection: 6th
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Steph Umbach, Sr, M, 1st team All-CC, 88-11-99, 93dc; Casey Armstrong, Jr, A, 2nd team All-CC, 44-28-72; Kayleigh Thies, Sr, M, HM All-CC, 28-8-36; Amanda Orlak, Jr, D, 16ct; Nora Fisher, Soph, M, 12-3-15; Kelsey Nagle, Soph, A, 10-6-16; Christina Vittorio, Sr, D; Kiersten Mulvey, Jr, GK, 43.7 sv%, 12.07 GAA.
Key Losses: Kaitlyn McCaffrey, D, 1st team All-CC, 45ct; Michelle Certosimo, A, 2nd team All-CC, 20-70-90; Ally Shaffer, 14-4-18.
Outlook: The Mules qualified for the Centennial playoffs for the first time since 2009 and look for more this spring. Umbach is one of the top players in the region and is the team leader at midfield, while Thies is the first 'Berg player to earn All-CC honors in lax and field hockey. Armstrong is a talented finisher on attack, while Fisher and Nagle are counted on for big things in 2015. Orlak leads the defense in front of Mulvey. Umbach makes Muhlenberg a team to watch come playoff time.

Swarthmore (7-9, 2-7 CC, 9th place)
Head Coach: Karen Borbee (Delaware '84), 22nd season
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All-Time Record: 424-342-12 (.553) since 1945
Preseason Poll Projection: 9th
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Lizzie Kolln, Jr, A, 30-7-37; Elizabeth Upton, Jr, M, 15-4-19; Briana Narzikul, Soph, D, 7-1-8, 37dc; Samantha Reichard, Sr, D, 14ct; Tazmin Bailiffcurtis, Jr, D, 10ct; Elyse Tierney, Sr, M, DNP in 2014; Connie Bowen, Soph., GK, 41.3 sv%, 10.80 GAA.
Key Losses: Corinne Sommi, M, 2nd team All-CC, 47-14-61; Lucy Whitacre, A, 25-7-32; Caroline Murphy, M, 20-6-26; Emma Sipperly, 14-2-16; Michelle Ammerman, GK, 11.37 GAA.
Top Newcomer: Emily Sokol (Inglemoor HS, Wash.); Kathryn Restrepo (Strath Haven HS, Pa.)
Outlook: The Garnet struggled in 2014 but hope that the lessons learned last spring can translate into success in 2015. Kolln is the leader of the offense after tallying 30 goals a year ago. Tierney and Upton are the headliners at midfield, while Narzikul, Reichard and Bailiffcurtis are experienced backliners in front of Bowen. Swarthmore's youth on offense may be too much to overcome in 2015 but will lay the groundwork for the future.

Ursinus (8-8, 3-6 CC, 8th place)
Head Coach: Katie Hagan (Gettysburg '07), 4th season
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All-Time Record: 544-215-12 (.713)
Preseason Poll Projection: 8th
Centennial Titles: 3 (1996-99-2001)
NCAA Titles: 3 (1986-89-90)

Key Returnees: Jayme Verman, Soph, A, HM All-CC, 36-24-60, 35dc; Emma Ebert, Soph, A/M, 22-5-27; Kitty Dawson, Sr, M, 13-4-17; Mary Deliberti, Jr, M, 12-3-15, 12ct; Lisa Grous, Soph, D, 13ct; Margaret Philbin, Jr, GK, 46.9 sv%, 10.31 GAA.
Key Losses: Caroline Cannon, D, 2nd team All-CC, 15ct; Devin Brakel, 19-2-21; Amber Moyer, 15-0-15.
Outlook: The Bears have missed the Conference playoffs the past three seasons but could qualify for the top five this spring. Verman had a breakout rookie campaign with 36-24-60 and leads the attack along with Ebert. Dawson and Deliberti are experienced middies, while Grous is the leader of the defense. Philbin played every minute in goal and posted the second-most saves in the Conference.

Washington College (11-5, 7-2 CC, 3rd place, lost to F&M in CC semifinal)
Head Coach: Heidi Pearce Yetman (Johns Hopkins '04), 2nd season
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All-Time Record: 229-250 (.478) since 1982
Preseason Poll Projection: 3rd
Centennial Titles: 0

Key Returnees: Emily Hubley, Sr, M, 1st team All-CC, 1st team All-America, 51-9-60, 68dc;  Caroline Lovett, Sr, A, 26-18-44; Katherine Vincent, Soph, A, 32-8-40, 44dc; Alli Dudley, Soph, M, 16-15-31; Carley Kendall, Jr, A, 16-4-20; Liz Godorov, Sr, D, 2nd team All-CC, 15ct.
Key Losses: Carly Eisenbrandt, A, 1st team All-CC, 34-16-50; Allison Remenapp, Soph, GK, 2nd team All-CC, CC Rookie of the Year, 48.4 sv%, 9.63 GAA; Kathleen Maleski, D, 2nd team All-CC; Jillian Undem, D; Meredith Callis, D.
Top Newcomers:
Autumn Spencer (Springfield, Pa.); Rachael Shaw (Boyertown HS, Pa.); Madison Acra (Norfolk Academy, Va.)
Outlook: The Shorewomen nearly did something that no Centennial team has done since 2002 - beat Gettysburg and F&M in the same season. WAC topped the Bullets in the regular season and fell to the Diplomats by two goals in the CC semis. Are even bigger things in store on the Shore in 2015? Hubley is one of the top players in the nation and returns to headline the midfield along with Dudley. Lovett and Vincent combined for 58 goals a year ago and will lead the attack along with Kendall. Godorov is the veteran presence on defense but a keeper must be found in camp. How she plays may determine WAC's fate this spring.