Aug. 19, 2003
EDISON, NJ - Loyola College, which has won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's soccer championship for the past three seasons, has been picked to win the conference title again this year in a preseason poll voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.
Loyola finished with 99 points in the poll, just eight points ahead of second-place Fairfield University (91). Siena College was picked third with 72 points, and Rider University was fourth with 65 points. Niagara University placed fifth (63), followed by Manhattan College (50), Marist College (38), Canisius College (30), Iona College (29) and Saint Peter's College (13).
Niagara's Rosie Luzak (Kingston, MA) has been selected as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight season. Luzak, the 2002 MAAC Player of the Year, led the league and finished second in the nation in scoring last year, as she registered 25 goals and seven assists for a total of 57 points.
Seven of the MAAC's 10 schools are represented on the Preseason All-MAAC Team. Joining Luzak at forward are Fairfield's Meghan King (Charlestown, MA) and Rider's Sarah Artale (Jackson, NJ). The midfielders are Loyola's Naomi Daniels (Huntington, NY), Katie Elliott (Ellicott City, MD) and Ashley Kramer (Chatham, NJ). The backs are anchored by Fairfield's Kelly Chapple (Trumbull, CT), Iona's Liz Whalen (Oceanside, NY), Manhattan's Vanessa DiPaolo (Warwick, RI), and Siena's Jen Kies (South Huntington, NY). Siena's Noel Cox (Uniondale, NY) rounds out the team at the goalkeeper position.