Written by Mineola American Editorial Staff Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
Dowling’s senior midfielder, Samantha Stavish of Albertson took home the East Coast Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor.
Dowling, whose two-year run as conference champions was halted by LIU Post last season, grabbed the final two first-place votes to come in second in the poll with points. The Golden Lions are also ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Poll, coming in at No. 9.
The 2014 season will be the first-ever that the ECC will decide its conference champion with a post-season tournament. The ECC will host its first ever Women’s Lacrosse Championship with semifinals taking place at the two highest seeds on May 1, and the final being hosted by LIU Post on May 3.
Stavish, the reigning ECC Defensive Player of the Year, is the coaches’ pick to win the honor again in 2014. Last season, the ECC All-Conference First Team and IWLCA All-America Second Team selection anchored the Golden Lions defense from the midfield position.
She ranked second in the conference with 29 caused turnovers and sixth with 36 ground balls to help lead a defense that was second in the ECC in allowing 8.38 goals per game.