Amanda Corso Named MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Amanda Corso is the first player in program history to win MAAC Defensive Player of the Year

April 26, 2012

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Siena Women's Lacrosse senior captain Amanda Corso was named the MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Thursday night, highlighting a total of six Saints to earn All-MAAC honors. Deirdre McQuillan and Katie Maguire joined Corso as All-MAAC First Team selections while Michelle Andreo and Shannon Pfohl were named to the Second Team and Alyssa Treanor earned a spot on the inaugural All-Rookie squad.

Corso, who shares the award with Canisius' Morgan Leonard and Iona's Stephanie Sumcizk, is the Saints' first-ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honoree. Siena set a program record with five total MAAC First and Second Team selections and excelled in the classroom as well, tying a school record with eight MAAC All-Academic Team honorees.

Other major award winners included Canisius' Carly Quinn who was named Offensive Player of the Year and Megan Oosting who earned Midfielder of the Year honors. MAAC Regular Season Champion Fairfield took home the league's other major honors with Courtney Chmil being named the Rookie of the Year and Mike Waldvogel earning the Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year award.

A Preseason All-MAAC selection, Corso was named to the First Team for the second straight season. She leads all non-goalies in the conference with an average of 2.60 groundballs per game while adding 29 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers.

McQuillan enters the MAAC Championships ranking fifth in the conference in scoring with 50 points and third in goals with 41. Riding a 22-game point scoring streak into this weekend, McQuillan has posted nine hat tricks and tallied a pair of six-point games.

Maguire excelled at midfield this season and leads the Saints in both draw controls (31) and free-position goals (14), the latter of which is the second highest tally in the MAAC. Maguire, who ranks third on the squad with 29 points, has scored a point in 13 straight games.

Andreo was a force down the stretch for Siena and a big reason why the Saints rebounded to qualify for the MAAC Championships. She's scored a goal in seven straight games, tallying 20 goals over that time. Andreo, who carries a 17-game point scoring streak into the MAAC Championships, ranks tied for sixth in conference in goals (35) and eighth in points (41).

Pfohl meanwhile has recorded six multi-goal games in her first season as a starter. She scored her first two career goals in the season opener at No. 4 Florida and posted career-highs of three points and five draw controls at Vermont in late February.

Treanor has made 11 starts during her freshman campaign and ranks second on the team with seven assists. She has also added five goals including the game-winner in overtime vs. Bryant in mid-March.

Siena's MAAC All-Academic Team honorees includes seniors Kristin McMillan (3.25 - Accounting) and McQuillan (3.44 - Math Education), junior captain Amanda Peguillan (3.36 - Biology) and sophomores Allison Borda (3.20 - Psychology), Casey Irwin (3.38 - Undecided Business), Pfohl (3.35 - Computer Science), Chrissy Primo (3.62 - English Education), and Allison Steckel (3.40 - Accounting).

The fourth seeded Saints begin their quest for the program's first MAAC Championship Friday when they take on regular season champion Fairfield at 5 p.m. here at the Demske Sports Complex.