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Lacrosse Picked Fifth In MAAC Preseason Poll

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          Release: 02/09/2012
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EDISON, NJ - The Iona College women's lacrosse team received 23 votes in the MAAC pre-season poll and was selected fifth by the coaches, as announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Seniors Amber Zimmerlink and Kelsey Sickles were selected to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.

Zimmerlink, an All-MAAC First-Team member last season, has been a key member of the defensive unit for the Gaels. As a sophomore, Zimmerlink tallied a career-high 14 goals and three assists for 17 points. Last season, she scooped up 32 grounders and caused 20 turnovers.

"Amber is the type of teammate from whom players are constantly seeking feedback", commented Mason. "She naturally gives constructive criticism and praise, and accepts any feedback from teammates and coaches with an open mind.  Amber is often seen at practice with an arm around a teammate, pulling them aside to help work out their frustration or struggle."

Sickles, a two-time All-MAAC honoree, stepped up on many occasions for her squad in the backfield. In her career, she has picked up 73 ground balls and has caused 42 turnovers.

"Sickles' passion is lacrosse, she is that player that is drawing out clear sets, scouting other teams in her free time, and talking lax with the coaches on a daily basis", proclaimed Mason. "Her love for this game is contagious and her ability to teach her teammates on the field is integral to the success of our defensive unit."

The Gaels will open up the season at UConn on February 18 at 1 p.m.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Canisius         45
2. Fairfield          42
T3. Marist           31
T3. Siena           31
5. Iona                 23
T6. Manhattan    12
T6. Niagara        12

Preseason All-MAAC Team
Carly Quinn, Canisius
Melanie Raso, Fairfield
Kelly Condon, Marist
Megan Oosting, Canisius
Amanda Best, Fairfield
Chloe Mangan, Fairfield
Elizabeth Dugan, Manhattan
Jamie Romano, Marist
Kelsey Sickles, Iona
Amber Zimmerlink, Iona
Bailey Knapton, Marist
Amanda Corso, Siena
Kristen Concordia, Siena

Preseason Player of the Year
Megan Oosting, Canisius

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