Emily Mitarotonda is USA Lacrosse Mag's D-II Women's Preseason Player of the Year

PHOTO BY KEVIN P. TUCKER

Emily Mitarotondo finished third in the nation with 89 goals last year.


East Stroudsburg midfielder Emily Mitarotonda was named USA Lacrosse Magazine’s Division II Women’s Preseason Player of the Year, the publication announced Wednesday in advance of the 2023 season.

Mitarotonda, a junior, already ranks among East Stroudsburg’s all-time scoring leaders with 137 goals and 171 points. She is coming off a massive 2022 season in which she set school records for goals and points and finished third in the nation with 89 goals. She also led the Warriors with 104 draw controls.

She has also been tabbed as an All-America in each of her first two seasons, as the Warriors have made back-to-back final four appearances with her leading the way.

Continue below to read the full list of USA Lacrosse Magazine Division II Women’s Preseason Positional Players of the Year.







PRESEASON ATTACKER OF THE YEAR

Caroline Gastonguay, Rollins

Last year’s player of the year in the Sunshine State Conference, Gastonguay tallied 77 points with 47 goals, 30 assists and a .595 shooting percentage. She ranked second in the SSC in points per game (4.53), sixth in assists (1.76) and ninth in goals (2.76), while also finishing in the Top 10 in ground balls and caused turnovers.

PRESEASON MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR

Emily Mitarotondo, East Stroudsburg

Mitarotondo finished third in the nation with 89 goals last year and fifth in total points with 111. She recorded three or more goals in 19 of 23 games, including 19 goals in four NCAA tournament games, as she led ESU to a national runner-up finish.

PRESEASON DEFENDER OF THE YEAR

Kara Antonucci, UIndy

Last year’s GLVC defender of the year, Antonucci served as one of the defensive anchors for the 2022 NCAA champions who sported the nation’s stingiest defense. She recorded 19 caused turnovers, 21 ground balls and 65 draw controls while starting all 23 games for the Greyhounds.

PRESEASON GOALIE OF THE YEAR

Jessica Gorr, West Chester

Gorr finished with an 8.33 goals against average in 2022, sixth best in the nation and a .507 save percentage while earning first-team All-Atlantic Region honors. She had six games with 10 or more saves, including a career-high 15 saves in back-to-back games against Mercy and Shippensburg.

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