Division III women's college lacrosse capsules

February 15, 2011

College of Notre Dame

Coach: Melissa Falen, 22nd season (173-149-1 career record)

2010 record: 7-8 overall, 5-3 league

Conference: Colonial States Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Gators are looking to build on last season inwhich they reached the CSAC tournament before losing to Marywood in the quarterfinals. Midfielder Allison Terry (Catholic) returns after being named the CSAC's Rookie of the Year with 41 goals last season.

Frostburg

Coach: Ashley Manion, third season (career record 24-26)

2010 record: 9-8 overall

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Bobcats have just three returning starters, but also have 10 players who saw action in games. The team will be led by Jess Beaty and Megan Dent-Carman, each four-year starters, and will look to make the CAC playoffs in the program's first year competing in the conference.

Goucher

Coach: Katie Trainor, fifth season (37-42 career record)

2010 record: 7-9 overall, 2-3 league

Conference: Landmark Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Gophers will be led by senior defenders Sara Miller (Dulaney), a Second-Team All-Landmark selection last season, and Melissa Zimmerman. Goucher earned a fourth-seed in last season's conference tournament. "Our team has been working hard to improve upon overall speed and instill a new level of competitiveness that will lead the team to turn around the 7-9 record from 2010," Trainor said.

Hood

Coach: Molly Evans, fourth season (16-30)

2010 record: 4-11 overall, 0-7 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Blazers return three of their top four scorers from last year, including senior Kelsey Blackwell (27 goals, 9assists). Juniors Julia Banks and Katie Vu controlled 62 percent of Hood's draws in 2010.

McDaniel

Coach: Muffie Bliss, eighth season (75-44 career record)

2010 record: 10-6 overall, 4-5 league

Conference: Centennial Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Green Terror will be led by Steph Nichols, who anchors the midfield after picking up 33 ground balls last season, and Paige Messersmith (Dulaney), who ranked fourth on the team with 20 goals and six assists. The defense returns Erin McDonnell (Maryvale) and the attack will be led by Brittany Lines, Lisa Jurd, and Mary Tokolish.

St. Mary's

Coach: Lisa Valentine, first season

2010 record: 9-9, 5-2 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: Valentine takes over for Kara Reber, who left to help start the women's program at NCAA Division II Florida Southern College. Sophomore Lauriann Parker (Glenelg) returns after leading the team with 49 goals and 82 points and was the conference's Rookie of the Year.

Salisbury

Coach: Jim Nestor, 10th season (157-20 career record)

2010 record: 21-1, 7-0 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The defending national champions enter the season as the top-ranked team in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III preseason poll. Senior Aileen McCausland (Hereford) scored 44 goals with seven assists and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Stevenson

Coach: Kathy Railey, sixth season (109-76 career record)

2010 record: 11-6, 4-3 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Mustangs are shooting for a national championship this season after three consecutive season-ending losses to conference-rival Salisbury. Stevenson will be led by junior defender Sarah Pincus, and senior attackers Lisa Baker and Megan Weiss.

Washington

Coach: Julika Blankenship, third season (15-15 career record)

2009 record: 8-7 overall, 3-6 league

Conference: Centennial Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Shorewomen had their best season in six years in 2010. Attacker Sarah Cannon (Notre Dame Prep) returns as the lone senior after scoring 14 goals with 10 assists last season. Junior defenders Brooke Paulshock (C. Milton Wright) and Caroline Stanley (Hereford) also return.

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