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Women's Soccer Picked 3rd In MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug. 7, 2012

EDISON, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team was picked third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, and senior Nichole Schiro was chosen as the 2012 Preseason Player of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday.

The preseason coaches poll and All-MAAC Preseason team was voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.

Schiro the 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, was joined by senior Kelsey Rene and junior Didi Haracic on the Preseason All-MAAC team. Rene and Schiro were All-MAAC First Team selections last year, while Haracic was named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

The Greyhounds, who finished third in the MAAC last year, received 80 total points in the MAAC preseason coaches' poll. Marist was chosen as the preseason favorite, garnering 99 points, while Fairfield was picked second with 81 points. Niagara University finished in fourth place with 73 points.  Siena College placed fifth (53), followed by Canisius College and Iona College (45), Rider University (41), Manhattan College (21), and Saint Peter’s University (12).

Loyola went 5-3-1 in conference regular-season play in 2012, and went on to the MAAC title game where they fell to Marist, 1-0.

Schiro earned the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2011, scoring 13 goals and four assists for 30 points in conference play. She is the program’s all-time career scoring leader with 37 career goals.

Loyola starts its 2012 campaign on Wednesday, Aug. 22 against Howard at Ridley Athletic Complex at 7 p.m.

Below is the full MAAC Preseason Poll along with the Preseason All-MAAC Team:

 

2012 MAAC Women’s Soccer

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

 

2012 MAAC Women’s Soccer Preseason

All-MAAC Team

1.

Marist

99

 

Name

Position

School

2.

Fairfield

81

 

Didi Haracic

Goalkeeper

Loyola

3.

Loyola

80

 

Allison Walsh

Back

Fairfield

4.

Niagara

73

 

Kelsey Rene

Back

Loyola

5.

Siena

53

 

Jessica Arabia

Back

Marist

6.

Canisius

45

 

Chelsea Botta

Back

Marist

 

Iona

45

 

Nicole Stanton

Midfield

Fairfield

8.

Rider

41

 

Rycke Guiney

Midfield

Marist

9.

Manhattan

21

 

Caitlin Cahalan

Midfield

Siena

10.

Saint Peter’s

12

 

Nichole Schiro

Forward

Loyola

 

 

 

 

Amanda Epstein

Forward

Marist

 

 

 

 

Abi Cottam

Forward

Rider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 MAAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Player of the Year: Nichole Schiro, Loyola