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2011 Outlook


After taking a key step towards winning a MAAC Championship in 2010, the 2011 version of the Siena women’s lacrosse is poised to take that next step this season. 2010 was a watershed year for the Saints, as the program advanced to the MAAC Tournament for just the second time. With 10 starters, 14 letterwinners and 78% of their scoring from last year’s team returning, along with a now-battled-tested goalie back for a third year, all the cards are starting to fall into place for the Saints to make a deep run in 2011.


Attack The Saints return an experienced attack unit in 2011 as both key starters from a year ago – senior Caitlin Mikel and junior Deirdre McQuillan return as the offensive


catalysts. Mikel enters her final season in Loudonville as arguably one of the best all-around players in program history. A mentally and physically tough performer, Mikel has a knack for aggressively attacking the goal from all angles while also having a keen eye to find cutting teammates for a key assist. When she graduates in May, Mikel will likely re-write the record books as she is well within striking distance of becoming the program’s all- time leader in goals, assists, points and draw controls.


While McQuillan may not be as flashy an offensive player or draw asmuch fanfare asMikel, she has quietly emerged over the past few years as a reliable scoring threat. McQuillan, who initiates much of the Siena offense from behind the net, is a nifty passer who already ranks eighth in program history in assists in just two short years up front.


Classmate Kristin McMillan is a versatile athlete who has played defense, midfield and now attack during her career with the Saints. After a strong freshman season protecting the Saints’ back line, McMillan emerged as a key two-way threat last season. As she enters her junior year, the Saints hope to utilize McMillan’s quickness up front to complement both Mikel and McQuillan.


Sophomores Maggie Deloria and Casey Harkins saw meaningful minutes as freshmen. Deloria will be a valuable reserve on the front line again this season, while Harkins is expected to sit out with a potential season-ending injury.


A quartet of freshmen will all battle for action up front this season while learning underneath the veterans. Kaitlyn Angerman, Allison Borda, Kyley Walsh and Jocelyn Hudson make up the young group which is eager to help out.


Midfield While the Saints to have big shoes to fill at midfield following the graduation of Allie Kain, like with their other positions, the Green and Gold have much depth and experience to draw from in looking to replace one of the program’s all-time greats.


Caitlin Mikel


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