|Lauren Mecchella 16
GENERAL: A hardworking and dedicated player who has the ability to track down and halt the attack imposed by opposing players...Equips a strong game intelligence...Emerged as one of the top defenders on the team and in the NEC as a freshman.
2005: Finished the season third in the nation with seven defensive saves...Started all 14 games played.
2004: Led the nation with 12 defensive saves in 14 games played...Attempted one shot.
2003: Named NEC Rookie of the Week (10/6)...Started 13 of 15 games played...Tallied two defensive saves.
BEFORE SIENA: Lettered four years of varsity field hockey and two years of varsity softball at Clarkstown South...Also played two years of basketball.
PERSONAL: Born March 16, 1985...The daughter of John and Nancy Mecchella...A business marketing major...Has an older brother, John, who is a graduate of Syracuse University...Has an older sister, Jackie, who also graduated from Syracuse and who is now attending Albany Law School.
LAREAU ON MECCHELLA: "Lauren, along with co-captain Carly DeMartis, form a very strong and stable leadership force that will be the key to the performance of the team in the fall. A superb, fast and supportive defender, we expect to see her make major positive contributions in the defensive line."