February 3, 2012

Norwich Names Men's and Women's Captains

from press release

NORTHFIELD, VT. – Norwich University head men's lacrosse coach Neal Anderson and head women's lacrosse coach Beth Van Parys have each named their 2012 team captains.

NU's men's captains are senior defenseman Corey Cicio (Orange, Vt.), senior goalkeeper Nate Proctor (Pleasanton, Calif.), fifth-year senior forward Patrick Sikora (Montpelier, Vt.), and junior face off midfielder Nate Fortezzo (Brandon, Conn.). The quad helped lead the 2011 team into the semifinals of the program's first Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament appearance as part of a 9-5 record.

Among individual highlights from last season for the 2012 captains, Sikora was among the top five in goals (13); Fortezzo, who enters the year as a pre-season NCAA Division III All-American as selected by FaceOff Magazine, was a remarkable 145 of 196 on face offs; Cicio started 10 of 11 appearances; and Proctor was 3-3 in net with a 6.95 goals-against average. The trio of Cicio, Proctor and Fortezzo are also members of Norwich's Corps of Cadets.

The Cadets' women's captains are senior defender Lori Baldassara (Manchester, N.H.), senior midfielder Kacey Abbriano (Hicksville, N.Y.), and senior attacker Suzanne Whitaker (Chelmsford, Mass.). The trio helped guide the 2011 NU team to the program's second consecutive GNAC tournament title and NCAA Division III national tournament berth and helped continue an impressive string of 17 consecutive conference match wins.

Among individual highlights from last season for the 2012 captains, Abbriano is the top returning scorer (52 points); Baldassara topped the defense a year ago starting in 13 matches; and Whitaker was fourth in goals (23) and points (50). Each member of the trio earned all-GNAC honors last spring, too.

The 2012 Norwich University lacrosse season opening matches are right around the corner. The men travel to UMass-Dartmouth March 3, while the women face off against Emmanuel College of Massachusetts on the road March 20. The complete 2012 NU men's and women's lacrosse schedules can be accessed by visiting each team's home page at www.norwichathletics.com, the Internet home of Norwich athletics.

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