April 3, 2009

Siena's Rosecrans Rises Among Nation's Best

by Ken McMillan | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Siena senior Lindsey Rosecrans ranks among national leaders in points, goals, draw controls and caused turnovers per game.

Lindsey Rosecrans is the kind of lacrosse kid who has to be in the middle of everything.

"I want to be in all aspects of the game," said the Siena College senior. "I play midfield, so I wouldn't be able to just play defense or just play offense. I want to help out in every part that I can on the field. I just want to give it my all every time I go out."

Rosecrans takes plenty of shots on net, and delivers a few body shots as well. She's piling up the points, but Rosecrans prefers the hustle stats like draw controls and ground balls. "There is nothing better than a caused turnover," she said with a smile.

Rosecrans is a team leader, and ranks among the national and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference leaders in just about every statistical category outside of goalie. With 34 goals in 10 matches, she has already surpassed the 31 she scored as a sophomore. In national per-game averages, she ranks 11th in points (4.7), 16th in goals (3.4), 10th in draw controls (3.6) and fourth in caused turnovers (2.4).

"She's a very passionate player,'' said Siena first-year head coach Andrea Duffy, who was a Saints assistant when she recruited Rosecrans to the Loudonville, N.Y., campus, a short drive from her home in Niskayuna. "She's phenomenal. She works hard every single day, and she leaves everything on the field after a game. She plays with heart. She's dedicated to this team and to the women's lacrosse program."

With 107 goals and 133 points in her career, Rosecrans will go down as one of the greatest players the young Siena program has produced.

"I am very happy with everything that I've done,'' she said, "but I think most of that comes through the help of my teammates. I do work hard. I do have my own goals and everything, but it really comes from what you get from your teammates and coaches and parents, the support around you."

Originally, Rosecrans nixed her mother's idea to stay local and attend Siena. "I said I am going to go far away, but when it came down to the decision, I said I don't think I can leave; I have to be close," she said. "I never regretted the decision. It was a perfect fit for me."

Winning has not come easy at Siena, which has posted records of 2-14, 4-10 and 3-11 in Rosecrans' first three seasons. This year, the Saints are off to a 6-4 start (0-3 in conference) and are hopeful of making a run at one of the MAAC playoff spots, no doubt due to Rosecrans' offense. Her 34 goals are the most at Siena since Christina Pampalone had 49 and Eide Michelle had 37 in 2005.

The Saints host conference foe Fairfield on Sunday.

Duffy said she depends on Rosecrans to win draws and move the ball well in transition. Rosecrans has been able to use her speed to free herself from opponents' faceguarding and still manage to get her shots. Both coach and player agree, though, that Rosecrans has to work on her accuracy -- thus far, only 57 percent of her shot attempts (9.4 per game) are on goal -- and work on getting the goalie to move more in net.

Rosecrans admits sometimes she gets too excited with the ball, especially after receiving an outstanding pass. "One of the things I need to improve upon is being composed when I take the shots," she said. "Sometimes I'll find myself thinking, 'Man, that was a perfect pass,' and the ball will still be on my stick."

In some respects, Rosecrans is still learning the game. She only started playing in seventh grade, while some of her teammates from Central New York started early in elementary school. That's why she's so excited about working with a newly started girls' lacrosse summer camp in Niskayuna, as she hopes to become a coach.

"My favorite thing is working with people," said Rosecrans, who hopes to squeeze in some coaching between grad school work at either the University at Albany or the College of Saint Rose. "I've been on teams my whole life. I have seen the bonds forming on teams and know how to make them stronger."

Right now, she wants to concentrate on the six-or-more games she has left in her career.

"My next game is my senior game, and it's hit me," said Rosecrans, 22. "It's unbelievable. I want to do what I can for the team, whatever I have left."

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