French Voted MAAC Pre-Season Goalie of the Year
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French Voted MAAC Pre-Season Goalie of the Year

EDISON, N.J. – VMI junior Isabel French was voted the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) women’s water polo pre-season Goalie of the Year in a poll of league coaches released Thursday. The Keydets were picked to finish fourth in the eight-team conference, with five-time defending champion Wagner College taking the top spot.

French is coming off a fantastic sophomore campaign in which she led the league and registered a program-record 306 saves, and already owns the school’s career top mark with 592 stops. She earned second-team All-MAAC honors in 2018 after taking home the league’s Rookie of the Year Award her first year at VMI. The Naperville, Illinois, native tied the program record for saves in a single match with 22 against St. Francis Brooklyn on March 11. 

The Keydets finished 20-12 last year with an 8-6 mark in conference play.

Preseason All-MAAC Team

Jordan van Reeken – Iona – Utility

Grace Doerfler – Marist – Center*

Katherine Tijerina – Marist – Utility

Kelsey Sneglar - St. Francis Brooklyn – Attack

Diana Fernandez – Siena – Attacker

Sophia Torres – Siena – Defender*

Erica Hardy – Wagner – Attack  

Isabel French – VMI – Goalkeeper

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year: Isabel French – VMI

Preseason Player of the Year: Erica Hardy – Wagner – Attack  


*-tie in voting


Coaches Preseason Poll

1. Wagner (7) - 63

2. Marist (1) - 57

3. Iona - 43

4. VMI - 36

5. Villanova - 29

6. St. Francis Brooklyn - 24

7. Siena - 23

8. La Salle – 13