Special to the OBSERVER
Fredonia State landed four players on the 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Empire Region Team, which was released today.
Senior defender Megan Mietelski, senior attacker Amy Simon and sophomore attacker Katie Kleine were named to the First Team.
Fredonia State senior attacker Amy Simon, pictured above, was one of four Blue Devils named to the IWLCA?Empire Region team. The Blue Devils recently set the school’s single-season record for victories with a final record of 14-5.
Junior goalkeeper Casey Chiesa was a Second Team selection.
In addition, the panel of voters named Mietelski as the top defender in the Empire Region.
All four Blue Devils were previously 2012 SUNYAC First Team selections. Kleine is also the 2012 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year.
All four are eligible for the IWLCA All-American Team, which will be chosen from players on the seven all-region teams.
They are also eligible for the ECAC Upstate All-Star team, likely to be released this summer.
Mietelski and Simon are two-time IWLCA all-region selections. Mietelski was Second Team in 2011, while Simon was Second Team in 2010.
Emily Reichert is the only other two-time all-region player in program history. A defender, Reichert was First Team in 2007 and Second Team in 2008.
The Blue Devils had their finest season in program history in 2012. In addition to setting a single-season school record for wins, they finished second in the SUNYAC and earned the program's first NCAA Division III tournament berth.
The team's final record was 14-5.
During their four years as Blue Devils, Simon left a legacy on offense and Mietelski on defense.
Simon is the all-time leader in points (286), points per game (4.09), goals (242), goals per game (3.46), shots (505), shots per game (7.21), shots on goal (374), shots on goal per game (5.34), draw controls (185), draw controls per game (2.64), and game-winning goals (11).
Mietelski is first all-time in caused turnovers (102), second in caused turnovers per game (1.52), second in draw controls (172), second in draw controls per game (2.57), and ninth in ground balls (118).
Each also holds single-season and single-game school records.
Kleine missed all of 2011 with an injury but made an immediate mark upon her return this spring. She broke Simon's single-season record for points with 86, including a school-record 30 assists. Kleine, Simon, and senior attack Morgan McNamara had 18 free-position goals each in 2012, another new school record.
Chiesa remained the lone Blue Devils' goalkeeper for the third straight season. She has made 53 consecutive starts a school-record 35 wins, 18 losses, and no ties. She'll enter her senior season tied for first in career saves per game (8.68), second in total saves (460), and second in goals against average (9.85).