March 7, 2003
2003 Bloomsburg University Lacrosse Preview
BLOOMSBURG— Last year, the Bloomsburg University lacrosse team made it to the finals of the PSAC Championship and narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA championships. This year's team is looking to build upon that success and earn a chance to play for the NCAA crown.
Head coach Kathy Frick has seven seniors on this year's squad. With such a large senior class, she anticipates a very focused team. The experience they have should help the team during close games.
This year's team has the talent, but achieving team chemistry will make the difference. Good chemistry brought last year's team together and elevated their level of play. This will again be the key for the Huskies.
Adding a new dimension to the team is full-time assistant coach Gary Agard. "His experience in coaching and competing at the international level has really helped the team. His ability to analyze the overall game play, and motivate the players is a great asset to the program," Frick said.
The roster is filled with several talented offensive threats. Leading the way on offense are two All-PSAC performers from a year ago, Georgia Carinci and Sheila Zilinski. Carinci was second on the team in points scored last season, when she tallied 34 goals and added 17 assists. Zilinski finished the 2002 campaign with 29 goals, putting her as the third leading scorer for the team.
Also back this year is Megan Pry, last season's team leader in assists, who also tossed in 17 goals of her own.
Also look for the senior band of Katie O'Neill (15 goals, 6 assists), Molly Kline (7 goals, 3 assists), and Megan Bell (5 goals, 4 assists) to make an impact on offense this year.
Sophomore Danielle Yeager (11 goals, 8 assists) a year ago added some punch to the offense and with a year's experience under her belt she looks even stronger this season.
Colleen Dunn missed last season, but was a student assistant coach. She has gained knowledge is ready to contribute to the offense once again.
Newcomers Ashley Childs, Allison McFatridge, and Megan Heller have the skills to add additional depth to the Husky offense.
First-team All-PSAC performer, Julie Minogue, will lead the Husky midfield. She is the anchor to the Husky defense, but also has the ability to provide offense, scoring 20 goals and assisting on six more last season.
Three young players, sophomores Meaghan McDugall, Diana G'Angeli, and Pam Cianni, should provide strength in the midfield as well. Newcomer Karla Honeywell is an all-around player who should contribute in the midfield as well as on defense.
Another factor for the Huskies will be solid defense and goalie confidence. A trio of All-PSAC performers will guide the Husky defense. Senior Steph Straup and juniors Nicole Settani and Marcie Zilinski have the experience and talent to solidify the Bloomsburg defense.
Look for seniors Patti Welsh and Katie Roth to make an impact on defense as well as Brandy McPherson.
Linda Schultz will take over the goalkeeping duties for the Huskies after playing behind All-American Yshonda Wisher for the past two seasons. "Linda has different strengths than Yshonda. She is quicker outside the cage. She is showing good promise and has all the tools to be an excellent goalkeeper for us," said head coach Kathy Frick. Senior Jaime Hartman, who joins the Huskies for her first season, will back Schultz up.
The PSAC will once again provide a tough schedule for the Huskies. West Chester, ranked number one in the IWLCA preseason poll, will be strong once again. Millersville, ranked number eight, will also be a strong team. The Huskies will be tested early opening up the season with three straight games, the first against number two, Longwood.