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Water Polo Predicted Third in Preseason Poll, Jessica Hamby Named All-MAAC

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Release: February 06, 2014
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EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced its 2014 Preseason All-MAAC Team and Coaches Poll. The annual poll is voted on by the league’s head coaches.Marist College was third in the polls with 38 points, while junior Jessica Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) was named to the preseason All-MAAC team.

The Red Foxes are coming off a 25-12 season, as they claimed a 10-2 record within the conference last season. Marist fell to Iona in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Semi-finals to finish the 2013 season, placing third in the MAAC.

The team returns 10 letter winners, seven of those being starters, for the 2014 season. Marist lost six letter winners from last season, but welcomes seven newcomers to this year’s roster, as well as former Olympian Natalie Benson to the coaching roster.

After being named to the All-MAAC First Team last season, junior Jessica Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) will be a key returner for the Red Foxes. In the 2013 season, Hamby led Marist compiling 67 goals from 138 shots to post a .486 shot percentage. In her 37 games played, she also tallied 24 assists, six 5-meter goals out of eight attempts, 60 steals, 10 field blocks, 29 ejections, and 54 ejections drawn.

The Red Foxes opened their season at the Brown Invite last weekend, where Marist spilt the weekend jumping out to a 2-2 overall record. For the weekend, Hamby compiled six goals, four assists, three steals and two field blocks.

The water polo teams heads to the University of California San Diego (UCSD) this weekend for another tournament, starting Saturday, Feb. 8. The Red Foxes face off against UCSD at 11:10 a.m.

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

 1.

 Wagner

 46

 2.

 Iona

 42

 3.

 Marist

 38

 4.

 Villanova

 24

 5.

 VMI

 17

 6.

 Siena

 16

 7.

 St. Francis (N.Y.)

 13

Preseason All-MAAC Team

 Amy Olsen

 Iona

 Jessica Burdge

 Wagner

Jessica Lundgren

 Wagner

 Erika Lauraitis

 Iona

 Allison Peotter

 Iona

 Jessica Hamby

 Marist

 Lily Doerfler

 Wagner

 Naomi Ng

 Villanova

 Marisa Gaynor

 Iona

Preseason Players of the Year

 Amy Olsen

 Iona

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

 Marisa Gaynor

 Iona

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