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Women’s lacrosse: Manhattan names Spatarella (Rocky Point), Leonard (Bay Shore) among captains

Thursday, 12th January 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 1/12/12
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First year Head Coach Diane Haddeland announced the captains of Manhattan Women’s Lacrosse for the 2012 season. The Jaspers will rely on their four standout seniors, Breana Leonard (Bay Shore), BrieAnna Spatarella (Rocky Point), Elizabeth Dugan, and Chrissy Gutenberger, and , to lead the team in their final year in Riverdale.

“Our seniors have been so invested in the program since they have had three coaches in their careers,” said Haddeland. “The four of them have stepped up in so many different ways to lead the team.”

Spatarella, who started 10 games at attack last year, became a strong leader during the fall season helping the underclassmen adapt to a coaching change. “She took over when the others were student-teaching and couldn’t be around a lot in fall ball,” noted Haddeland.

Leonard started and played in every contest last season scoring two goals while racking up 24 ground balls. “Breana is our defensive glue,” the first year coach mentioned. “She is extremely vocal and sees the field very well. Her game sense will be a strong asset for us.”

Dugan, a midfielder, started all 14 games last season leading all position players with 39 ground balls while netting 11 goals in her junior season. “Elizabeth is more of a lead by example player,” Haddeland noted. “She’s not very vocal, she’s much quieter, but she just performs and she’s scrappy all over the field.”

Gutenberger, one of the top attackers in program history, led the team in goals (33) and points (39) despite missing three games due to illness. “Chrissy has been a great player here for so many years and is very vocal on the field,” said head coach Diane Haddeland. “She along with BrieAnna will balance each other out at the attack.”

As they enter the final year of their careers, the seniors are working with their third different coach at Manhattan; something their head coach believes will make them stronger leaders.

“I think that is telling of why they are the four captains,” she says. “Changing coaches is one of the hardest things to do. I can’t imagine doing it once let alone three times. They have been really great in helping me out and making my job much easier.”

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