The 2012 Rhode Island College Women's Lacrosse Team

The 2012 Rhode Island College Women's Lacrosse Team

Meet the Head CoachHead Coach Mike KoperdaMike Koperda begins his fourth season as Rhode Island College's head women’s lacrosse coach. The program hasshown steady improvement since Koperda took the helm in 2009. In 2011, RIC posted the most wins in a season insix years and the third most in program history.“It is an absolute honor, pleasure and opportunity to begin coaching women’s soccer and lacrosse at Rhode IslandCollege,” Koperda said. “With the cost of education today, the opportunity for student-athletes to succeed both academicallyand athletically has never been better.”Koperda has over 30 years of industry experience in both professional and collegiate athletics. He most recentlyserved as the General Manager and owner of the Family Soccer Center (FSC) in Norwich, NY from 1999-2008, wherehe oversaw and coached a variety of soccer and lacrosse leagues, tournaments, camps, clinics and training. During thistime span, Koperda served as the Head Coach of FSC’s travel select team program, the New York Dash Soccer Club.He was the Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Rome (NY) Free Academy High School for two seasons and also hadbeen a soccer coaching staff member for two years at Whitesboro (NY) High School beginning in 1997.Koperda's New York Dash Soccer Club Boys U16 team went all the way to the National Indoor Soccer Club Championship Game for the USAin 2001, finishing second to New Mexico in a 3-2 overtime game.He spent four years as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Morrisville State College, compilinga 37-34-2 career record, from 1999-2002. Koperda restored a winning tradition to the Mustangs’soccer program during his time there. The four years prior to his arrival, Morrisville State was23-40-3, a 61 percent improvement in victories. He was nominated for Adidas Coach of the Yearduring the 1999 season.During his tenure, the Mustangs spent time in the national rankings, with the highest beingeighth. Koperda led Morrisville State to its first postseason berth in seven seasons in 1999, reachingthe semifinals of the Northeast Region. He coached three All-Americans and six All-Regionalselections.He was a member of the Syracuse Blitz’sPremier Soccer Club’s coaching staff from1996-2003 and a Head Youth Soccer Coachof Deerfield (NY) AYSO for 18 years (1990-2007).He formally was an Olympic DevelopmentProgram (ODP) coach in New York state,as well as, a National Staff Coach for theAmerican Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).Koperda spent four years in professionalbaseball sports management from 1978-81,while working for the Atlanta Braves and NewYork Mets organizations. He was featured inthe March 1981 edition of The Sporting News as the United States' youngest General Managerin professional baseball during the 1981 season, while running a farm team for the New YorkMets. He was nominated for the General Manager of the year that same season.He is the founder of Soccer Saves Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that he beganin October 1995 to financially help underprivileged youth with outstanding soccer skills whoare looking to pursue a college education while playing collegiate soccer. It received a full pagefeatured story in an issue of The New York Times in October of 2006.In August 2008, he became the founder of Lacrosse Saves Lives Foundation to also assistat-risk youth in challenged socio-economic groups that need financial assistance.He is currently a sitting board member of the Rhode Island Lacrosse Board of Director's(RILAX), representing college Women's Lacrosse. Koperda is also a member of the IntercollegiateWomen's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCLA) and the National Soccer Coaches Associationof America (NSCAA).He owns a variety of soccer coaching licenses, the highest of which is a German "A" licensebadge, in addition to numerous USSF, NSCAA and AYSO certifications.Koperda is a 2006 graduate of Empire State College, earning a bachelor's degree in professionalstudies. He earned a master’s degree in sports management from Cortland State in 2007.He is currently pursuing his doctorate in sports management.Koperda resides in Greenville, Rhode Island. He has two sons, Kenneth (26), who works in professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates inthe front office, and Joseph (19), who is a freshman in college.3

Meet the Assistant CoachAssistant Coach Crystal LabossiereCrystal Labossiere begins her sixth season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Rhode Island College.She assists Head Coach Mike Koperda with all phases of the RIC women’s lacrosse program including, recruiting,scouting, administering practice and game coaching.The Johnston, Rhode Island native is no stranger to Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse fans, wrappingup a four-year career as an Anchorwoman in 2006.During her career, she played in 56 games, starting 54 of them. She had 68 goals and 12 assists for 80 careerpoints. Labossiere compiled 196 shots, 176 ground balls, 59 draw controls and41 caused turnovers in her career. She is among RIC's all-time leaders in shots,goals, assists, points, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.As a senior in 2006, she played in 13 games, starting all of them. She had11 goals and seven assists for 18 points. She compiled 39 shots, 54 ground balls, 23 draw controls and 16caused turnovers.As a junior in 2005, Labossiere played in 15 games, starting 13 of them. She had 22 goals and one assistfor 23 points. Labossiere also compiled 40 groundballs, 20 draw controls and five caused turnovers.As a sophomore in 2004, she was named SecondTeam All-Little East. Labossiere played 15 games,starting all of them. She had 32 goals and two assistsfor 34 points. Labossiere compiled 59 ground balls,12 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers.As a freshman in 2003, she played in 13 games, starting all of them. She hadthree goals and two assists for five points, 23 ground balls, six caused turnovers andfour draw controls. As a goaltender, she played in nine games, starting eight of them.She had 89 saves, a save percentage of .500 and a 12.14 goals-against average.She graduated from Rhode Island College in December, 2006 with a bachelor’sdegree in elementary education with a concentration in special education.Labossiere is currently a first grade teacher in the Providence Diocese. She andher husband, Kyle, and daughter, Olyvia (1), reside in Smithfield, Rhode Island.2012 Rhode Island College Women's Lacrosse ScheduleDate Opponent TimeMarch 15 LASELL 4 p.m.March 19 ROGER WILLIAMS 4 p.m.March 22 EMMANUEL 6 p.m.March 27 at Framingham State 4 p.m.March 29 at Salve Regina 6 p.m.March 31 at Eastern Connecticut * 4 p.m.April 3 WHEELOCK 4 p.m.April 7 at Western Connecticut * 1 p.m.April 12 WORCESTER STATE 4 p.m.April 14 KEENE STATE * 1 p.m.April 17 SOUTHERN MAINE * 6 p.m.April 19 at Nichols 7 p.m.April 21 at Simmons 1 p.m.April 25 UMASS DARTMOUTH * 6 p.m.April 28 at Plymouth State * 3 p.m.May 1 LEC Tournament First Round TBAMay 4 LEC Tournament Semifinals TBAMay 6 LEC Tournament Finals TBAHome Games in Bold * Little East Conference game4

5SeniorDefenderJenna Childs

JuniorMidfielderCourtney McKiernan11

Meet the Team#24 Danielle LandonDefense/Attack, 5-10, FreshmanWading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading RiverHigh School: Lettered in lacrossewhile at Shoreham-Wading River HighSchool..2010 graduate.Personal: Born February 4, 1992...undecided about a major.#5 Courtney McKiernanMidfield/Attack, 5-4, JuniorHope, RI/ScituateSophomore Year (2011): Played in 13games, starting all of them...totaled six goalsand 13 assists for 19 points, while registering35 shots, 42 ground balls, 14 draw controls and14 caused turnovers...led the team in causedturnovers and tied for second in ground balls...posted season bests of two goals and sevenground balls in a 15-11 win at Worcester Stateon March 22...handed out a season-high threeassists in the season opener at Emmanuel onMarch 19.Freshman Year (2010): Played in 13games, starting all of them...totaled three goalsand one assist for four points to go along with11 shots, 46 ground balls, 21 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers...led the team inground balls and was second in caused turnovers...had one goal, four ground ballsand a caused turnover vs. Keene State on April 10...named the Little East ConferenceDefensive Player of the Week once.High School: Earned All-State and All-Division honors in volleyball while atScituate High School...2008 graduate...named team MVP.Personal: Born March 31, 1990...psychology major...transfer from Siena College.Courtney McKiernan's Career StatisticsYear GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points2010 13/13 11 3 1 42011 13/13 35 6 13 19Totals 26/26 46 9 14 23#11 Sam NolteDefense, 5-6, SophomoreCranston, RI/Cranston WestFreshman Year (2011): Played in 14games, starting 13 of them...registeredone assist for one point to go along with42 ground balls, one draw control andeight caused turnovers...her 42 groundballs were tied for second on the team,which were keyed by back-to-back gameswith seven ground ball-efforts to close theseason against Eastern Connecticut andUMass Dartmouth on April 23 and 27,respectively.High School: Named All-Division and All-Tournament in lacrossewhile at Cranston High School West...2010 graduate...served as team captainin soccer.Personal: Born March 11, 1992...nursing major with a minor inSpanish.Sam Nolte's Career StatisticsYear GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points2011 14/13 0 0 1 1Totals 14/13 0 0 1 1#12 Jessalyn O'NeillMidfield/Attack, 5-8, SophomoreNorth Providence, RI/North ProvidenceFreshman Year (2011): Played in 14games, starting all of them...posted 11goals and four assists for 15 points, whilealso compiling 42 shots, 25 ground balls,14 draw controls and seven caused turnovers...herbest performance came in anApril 20, 18-10, win at Wheelock, whenshe posted season-highs of three goals, fiveground balls and four draw controls.High School: Named All-Divisionin both lacrosse and basketball while atNorth Providence High School...2010 graduate...named her lacrosse team'sBest Offensive Player as a senior in 2010.Personal: Born September 8, 1992...physical education major.Jessalyn O'Neill's Career StatisticsYear GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points2011 14/14 42 11 4 15Totals 14/14 42 11 4 1512

SophomoreAttackAshley Signoriello13

Meet the Team#23 Jessica RicciAttack, 5-7, FreshmanHope, RI/Cranston WestHigh School: Two-time All-Divisionselection while at Cranston High SchoolWest...2011 graduate...also lettered inboth basketball and volleyball...served asa team captain.Personal: Born June 14, 1993...earlychildhood education major.#3 Jessica SextonDefense, 5-6, FreshmanWesterly, RI/WesterlyHigh School: Lettered in bothlacrosse and soccer while at Westerly HighSchool...2011 graduate...received theSportsmanship Award.Personal: Born February 17, 1993...undecided about a major.#10 Ashley SignorielloAttack, 5-5, SophomoreCranston, RI/Cranston WestFreshman Year (2011): Played in 14games, starting 13 of them...posted 19goals and nine assists for 28 points, whilealso recording 55 shots, 18 ground balls,22 draw controls and nine caused turnovers...finishedthird on the team in mostoffensive categories: goals, assists (tied),points, shots, shots on goal (41) and drawcontrols...posted season bests of threegoals and two assists in an overtime, 9-8,win vs. Framingham State on March 29...picked up a season-high seven groundballs in the season-opening, 15-4, win at Emmanuel on March 19.#18 Harmony TillisonMidfield/Attack, 5-1, FreshmanCranston, RI/Cranston East2011 Women's Soccer Season: Playedin 18 games, starting all of them...wasone of only two players to start in all 18contests this fall.High School: Two-time All-Divisionselection in both soccer and lacrosse whileat Cranston High School East...2011graduate...captained both programs.Personal: Born November 23, education major.High School: Received All-State honors in both volleyball and lacrossewhile at Cranston High School West...2010 graduate.Personal: Born September 28, 1992...early childhood education majorwith a minor in special education.Ashley Signoriello's Career StatisticsYear GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points2011 14/13 55 19 9 28Totals 14/13 55 19 9 2814

SeniorAttackMolly Voyer15

Meet the Team#9 Molly VoyerAttack/Midfield, 5-4, SeniorLincoln, RI/LincolnJunior Year (2011): Played in 14games, starting all of them...totaled 36goals and 10 assists for 46 points, whilecompiling 85 shots, nine ground balls,26 draw controls and four caused turnovers...wassecond on the team in mostsignificant offensive categories, includinggoals, assists, shots and shots on goal(69)...her 26 draw controls were most onthe squad...posted a season-high sevengoals in blizzard conditions during anabbreviated game against Salve Regina onMarch 31...handed out a season-best six helpers to go along with four goalsfor a career-high 10 points in the team's, 18-10, win at Wheelock on April20.Sophomore Year (2010): Played in 13 games, starting all of them...had30 goals and four assists for 34 points to go along with 75 shots, 27 groundballs, nine draw controls and 11 caused turnovers...was second on the teamin goals, assists, points and shots...netted six goals and picked up nine groundballs in the season-opening win over Lasell on March 18.Freshman Year (2009): Played in 15 games, starting all of them...had23 goals and two assists for 25 points, to go along with 54 shots, 27 groundballs, 22 draw controls and nine caused turnovers...led the team in both goalsand points and was named team MVP.SophomoreDefenseCassy ArinesHigh School: Earned First Team All-Division honors while at LincolnHigh School...2007 graduate...earned All-Academic honors and served asteam captain.Personal: Born January 31, 1989...nursing major.Molly Voyer's Career StatisticsYear GP/GS Shots Goals Assists Points2009 15/15 54 23 2 252010 13/13 75 30 4 342011 14/14 85 36 10 46Career 42/42 214 89 16 105FreshmanAttackJessica Ricci16

All-Time Rhode Island College Women's Lacrosse RecordsTeam RecordsMost Wins in a Season: 8 2005Most Goals Scored in a Season: 177 2005Fewest Goals Allowed in a Season: 145 2004, 2002Most Assists in a Season: 62 2005Most Points in a Season: 239 2005Fewest Points Allowed in a Season: 169 2003Most Players Scoring a Point: 14 2004Individual RecordsCATEGORY NAME RECORD YEARSMost Shots: Caitlin Gavin 671 2004-07Most Free Position Shots: Caitlin Gavin 135 2004-07Most Goals: Caitlin Gavin 279 2004-07Most Assists: Caitlin Gavin 45 2004-07Most Points: Caitlin Gavin 324 2004-07Most Ground Balls: Caitlin Gavin 339 2004-07Most Pass Interceptions: Caitlin Gavin 15 2004-07Most Draw Controls: Caitlin Gavin 292 2004-07Most Caused Turnovers: Caitlin Gavin 107 2004-07Goalkeeper RecordsCATEGORY NAME RECORD YEARSMost Minutes Played: Micaela Morris 1,803:10 2004-05Most Saves: Hilary Switzer 297 ActiveHighest Save Percentage: Micaela Morris .472 2004-05Lowest Goals-Against Average: Micaela Morris 9.93 2004-05Single Season RecordsIndividual RecordsCATEGORY NAME RECORD YEARMost Shots: Caitlin Gavin 220 2006Most Free Position Shots: Caitlin Gavin 56 2006Most Goals: Caitlin Gavin 97 2006Most Assists: Sydney Culbertson 22 2008Most Points: Caitlin Gavin 107 2006Most Ground Balls: Caitlin Gavin 101 2006Most Pass Interceptions: Caitlin Gavin 7 2005Most Draw Controls: Caitlin Gavin 94 2005Most Caused Turnovers: Libby Lazar 35 2010Goalkeeper RecordsCATEGORY NAME RECORD YEARMost Minutes Played: Sydney Culbertson 960:00 2006Most Saves: Sydney Culbertson 205 2006Highest Save Percentage: Micaela Morris .502 2004Lowest Goals-Against Average: Micaela Morris 9.70 200417

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