Siena’s Nicole McNeely named MAAC Offensive Player of Year for women’s lacrosse

Siena’s Nicole McNeely against Niagara’s Tania Cunningham during a MAAC lacrosse game at Siena College in Loudonville on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
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Siena’s Nicole McNeely against Niagara’s Tania Cunningham during a MAAC lacrosse game at Siena College in Loudonville on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Siena fifth-year Nicole McNeely was named the 2022 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year for women’s lacrosse on Friday.

During the regular season McNeely had 45 goals and 38 assists for 83 points. She also has 82 draw controls. Her point total ranked second in the MAAC, as did her goals, while her assists ranked fourth. An attack from Wallingford, Pennsylvania, McNeely is the only player to post games of 10 points, nine points and eight points this season. She was honored as MAAC Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks on April 11 and 18.

McNeely set school records this year for single-season points, career points, single-season assists, career goals and career assists. She will have a chance to add to those marks, as Siena will play an opponent to be determined in a MAAC Tournament semifinal on May 6 at the Saints’ Hickey Field.

Joining McNeely on the All-MAAC First Team was graduate defender Emily Fiorillo, who led the team in caused turnovers with 20.

Earning All-MAAC Second Team honors for Siena were senior midfielder Mary Soures and junior defender Jenna Colabufo. Soures has a school-record 60 goals this season to go along with four assists.

Three Siena players made the All-MAAC Rookie Team: freshman attack Grace Dobrzynski, redshirt freshman midfielder Jordan Bentley and freshman midfielder Meghan Decker. Dobrzynski has 14 goals and a team-high 39 assists. Bentley has 27 goals and four assists, while Decker has five goals and one assist.

In other awards, Manhattan’s Andrea Liotta won Defensive Player of the Year; Monmouth’s Cassidy Orban won Midfielder of the Year; Niagara’s Michelle Messenger won Goalkeeper of the Year; and Iona’s Kira Varada won Rookie of the Year. Monmouth’s Jordan Trautman was named the Coach of the Year.

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