2016 CCC Women’s Lacrosse Champion, Roger Williams, Picked to Repeat

2016 CCC Women’s Lacrosse Champion, Roger Williams, Picked to Repeat

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Roger Williams, which had a perfect Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s lacrosse season last year, was selected to repeat as champions in 2017 as the Hawks earned the top spot in the 2017 CCC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Hawks received 78 points in the voting completed by the league’s nine women’s lacrosse head coaches, including six first place votes.

Roger Williams was finally able to earn its first CCC Championship after finishing as the tournament runner-up the previous two seasons. The Hawks went a perfect 8-0 in conference play (15-4 Overall) to earn the top seed in the CCC Championship Tournament. Following a first round bye, the Hawks edged No. 4 seed Western New England 12-11 in overtime in the semifinals to return to the Conference Championship. In the Championship game, Roger Williams exploded for 11 goals in the second half to run away with the title 16-7 against No. 2 seed Endicott.

In the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship First Round, the Hawks dropped a 13-7 result to William Smith.

Last year’s championship runner-up, Endicott, received two first place votes in the poll and 69 total points to claim the second spot in this year’s rankings. Western New England received the final first place vote and 61 points to land in the third spot. The University of New England and Gordon finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with 60 and 44 points.

Salve Regina (32 points), Curry (31), Nichols (20), and Wentworth (10) closed out the table in that order.

Western New England and Gordon get the women’s lacrosse season started on Saturday, Feb. 25 with non-conference matchups. Conference play gets underway a month later on Saturday, March 25. The top six teams in the conference standings will qualify for the CCC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinal round on Saturday, April 29 and concludes with the Championship game on Saturday, May 6. The CCC Tournament Champion will earn the league’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

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 2017 CCC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

 

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

1.

Roger Williams

78 (6)

2.

Endicott

69 (2)

3.

Western New England

61 (1)

4.

University of New England

60

5.

Gordon

44

6.

Salve Regina

32

7.

Curry

31

8.

Nichols

20

9.

Wenworth

10


2017 CCC Women's Lacrosse Previews

1. Roger Williams

The Roger Williams women’s lacrosse team enjoyed its best season in program history in 2016 after winning its first-ever CCC Championship and earning its first NCAA Tournament berth. The Hawks completed their first-ever undefeated regular season in the CCC, going 8-0 in conference play and 15-4 overall, tying the single-season record for wins. This year’s team is looking to return to the top of the CCC, win another conference title, and make a deeper push into the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks looked poised to make another championship run, guided by CCC Coach of the Year Lisa Vogeley as the team returns CCC Offensive Player of the Year McKenna Everding (Fayetteville, N.Y.), CCC Rookie of the Year Emily Stoeppel (Brookfield, Conn.), and All-CCC First Team goalkeeper Kimberly Bolk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.).

 

 
McKenna Everding, RWU

2. Endicott

The 2017 Endicott women's lacrosse team returns 2016 All-CCC Defensive Player of the Year, Chelsea Burke (Georgetown, Mass.), alongside fellow All-CCC First Teamer, Emily Whitney (Rye, N.H.). Whitney led the team in scoring with 38 goals, 23 assists, and 61 points last season. Erin McCarthy (Old Lyme, Conn.) compiled a career-best 36 points (30 goals, six assists) for second on the squad and landed on the All-CCC Second Team. All-CCC Third Team selection Ali Campbell (Lakeville, Mass.) was third on the team in points (30) and second in assists (15) in her rookie season, while Maura Grady (Marblehead, Mass.) returns in goal for her final campaign. Endicott is coached by third-year head coach Morgan Maciewicz who led the Gulls to an 8-10 finish (6-2 CCC) in 2016 and a trip to the CCC Championship.

 


Chelsea Burke, EC

3. Western New England

After going 12-7 and reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament last spring, Western New England will be seeking the program’s second CCC title in 2017 under 17th-year head coach Aimee Klepacki.

Despite losing three of their top four scorers from a season ago to graduation, the Golden Bears return a pair of All-CCC performers in junior goalie Shannon McFadden (West Islip, N.Y.) and senior defender Alexa Kimker (Waltham, Mass.). Additionally, junior Julia Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) will be back to help lead the offense after recording 81 points on 25 goals and a CCC-best 56 assists in 2016.

Western New England opens its season on the road at crosstown rival Springfield College on Saturday, Feb. 25, before returning to Golden Bear Stadium to take on Westfield State the following Saturday. Western New England, which travels down to Florida for a pair of contests against Rowan and Nazareth on March 14 and 16, respectively, opens CCC play at Gordon on Tuesday, March 28.

 


Julia Winer, WNE

4. University of New England

The University of New England and ninth-year head coach Sue Estabrook bring back 11 players that started more than half of their games played in 2016, when the team logged a 6-2 mark in the CCC and reached the league semifinals. Included in the group are the top four point-getters, who are part of the returning 85 percent of goal scoring from last season. Sophomore midfielder Korinne Bohunsky (Eliot, Maine) (41 goals, 81 DC, 27 CT, 49 GB) and junior defender Jolena Lampron (Lyman, Maine) (54 CT, 56 GB) were both All-CCC First Team picks a year ago, while senior midfielder Jocelyn Davee (Freeport, Maine) (38 goals, 38 DC, 33 CT, 55 GB) and sophomore attacker Nichole Carvalho (South Kingstown, R.I.) (18 goals, 11 assists) were Second Team and Third Team selections, respectively.

 

 
Korinne Bohunsky, UNE

5. Gordon

Plenty of mystery surrounds the Fighting Scots heading into the 2017 season with new faces all over the program. Gordon has a new coach in Jane Ward, who served as an assistant last season, and new players in key spots after the graduation of a big class. The Fighting Scots will have to figure out how to replace the production of all-time leading scorer Jessie Castelline and top-10 goal and assist-member Bailey Grinnell. Gordon will also welcome a new net minder for the first time in three years.

The Fighting Scots still have plenty of firepower though, as sophomore Olivia McCarrick (Glen Burnie, Md.) scored 38 goals in her rookie year, while adding 12 assists. The attacker could have had even more, but missed two games due to injury. Seniors MC Aston (Greenwich, N.Y.) and Caroline Walton (Irvine, Calif.) will also figure into Gordon’s offensive plans after combining for 20 goals last spring.

Gordon does return a majority of its defense however, including foundational seniors Lindsey Congdon (Exeter, N.H.) and Kristin Fitzgerald (Groveland, Mass.).

 


Olivia McCarrick, GC

6. Salve Regina

Although the team graduated seven seniors from the previous season, the returning players, along with the talented freshmen players, are excited to make their mark in this improving program. The team will return their top two goal scorers, Kaitlin Gillespie (Haddam, Conn.) (28 goals) and Courtney Moulton (Merrimack, N.H.) (23 goals). Other key returners include Katie Kline (Brookfield, Conn.), Lindsey Smith (North Attleboro, Mass.), and Megan Geier (Glastonbury, Conn.).

 


Kaitlin Gillespie, SRU

7. Curry

The Curry women's lacrosse team is looking forward to a successful season in 2017.  The Colonels have 12 returning players along with seven talented freshmen. The roster of 20 is full of skill, talent, determination, and hard work. Head coach Caitlin Roberts also welcomes a new assistant in Meaghan Ross (Emerson ’11) who will make an immediate impact on the staff and the team.

Key returners are five seniors all who started in 2016.  Kelly Parker (Branford, Conn.) led the Colonels in points last season with 80 (16g, 19a). Co-captain Malorie Knowlton (Norfolk, Mass.) finished 2016 first on the team with 65 caused turnovers and second in points with 56 (49g, 7a) and ground balls (53).  Both Parker and Knowlton made the All-CCC Third Team.  The other three top contributors were; Lauren Carroll (Providence, R.I.) who finished with 27 points (16g, 11a), Abby Carnevale (Beverly, Mass.) who had 25 points (19g, 6a) and Rachael Lawrence who finished with 24 points (13g, 11a).

 


Malorie Knowlton, CC

8. Nichols

The Bison begin their first season under head coach Melissa Rausch in 2017. The team welcomes back its top goal scorers from last season in senior Brooke Marion (South Hadley, Mass.) and junior Lindsay O’Connell (Danvers, Mass.) with 33 and 27, respectively. Senior Olivia Morawski (Fairfield, Conn.) is back after scoring 16 times in 2016, while sophomore Kirsten Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) and her 17 points are also back.

Olivia Normandin, NC

9. Wentworth

With 11 letter winners returning from last season’s squad, the Wentworth Institute of Technology women’s lacrosse team continues to make positive strides towards earning its first appearance in the CCC Tournament. The Leopards, who enter the 2017 campaign with four years of varsity experience under their belts, set program records for goals (136), points (177), and draw controls (169) a season ago and look to build on that success moving forward.

Two of Wentworth’s five leading scorers return for the Black & Gold, including sophomore Brooke Paradis (Pelham, N.H.) who set program records for goals (44) and points (54) as a rookie and also scooped up 43 ground balls, won 53 draw controls and caused 15 turnovers. Senior Brandie Holland (Lynn, Mass.) returns after scoring 17 points on 16 goals and an assist. Sophomore Leah Cummins (Plymouth, Mass.) had a freshman season which saw her score 13 points (nine goals, four assists) while junior Sam Webb (Duxbury, Mass.) had 24 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers a season ago.

 


Brandie Holland, WIT

 

Season previews contributed by each school's sports information department.

 

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