HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Danie Caro has announced that seniors Lexi DeStefano, Kaitlyn Kelly, and Lauren Matuszczak will serve as captains for the 2010-2011 season. The trio will be the leaders of a Bobcats team seeking its fourth straight trip to the Northeast Conference Championship Game. After witnessing the maturation of all three student-athletes last season, Caro feels confident in their abilities to lead the team as a collective unit.
"I am really excited to have Lexi, Kaitlyn, and Lauren leading our team this year," Caro said. "They have earned the respect of both the coaching staff and their peers and are excellent role models. I have no doubt they will be successful working together in this role. They complement each other really well and are committed to achieving their goal of winning an NEC Championship before they graduate."
DeStefano saw action in 14 games last season in goal, posting a 7-2 record on the year. Her .500 save percentage and 8.30 goals-against average were both second-best in 2010 NEC play.
"Lexi really blossomed as a player last year and I think that gave her the confidence to become a more vocal leader for us," said Caro. "Her voice on this team is invaluable."
Assisting on the defensive end in front of DeStefano will be Kelly, the reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Year and 2010 First Team All-NEC and All-Tournament Team selection. Kelly became just the third player in program history to receive the honor, as she led the Bobcats in ground balls (41), draw controls (44) and caused turnovers (25).
"Kelly is undoubtedly the leader of our defense, and she really grew up last year as a junior," said Caro. "We will be counting on her to be a strong presence on the field for us again this spring."
Matuszczak returns as one of the team's top midfielders, both defensively and offensively. Her 29 goals, 16 assists, 36 ground balls, and 37 draw controls were all second-best on the team in 2010. Her success on the field was recognized not just by her coaches, but by Quinnipiac as well, earning Quinnipiac University's Female Athlete of the Month for April. Matuszczak's strong finish to the season earned her both First Team All-NEC Honors and a NEC All-Tournament team selection. This was the second consecutive year that Matuszczak has earned All-Tournament honors.
"Matuszczak is a great leader by example - she has a great work ethic, a positive attitude, and is one of the most competitive players I've ever coached," said Caro. "We are expecting great things from her this year."