June 12, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Seniors Madeline Fahan, Danielle Fiacco and Kristan Liddle were selected as captains of the 2013-14 Lafayette women's basketball team, head coach Dianne Nolan announced Wednesday.
"These players have distinguished themselves as a group playing at a high level and possess the necessary leadership skills to allow their team to be successful," Nolan said. "Their efforts on the court, in the classroom and in the community are what set them apart from other student-athletes."
Despite battling injuries throughout most of her junior season, Fahan was an important contributor for the Leopards in 2012-13. Playing in 26 games and starting 16, the Ventura, Calif. native averaged 3.9 points per game and ripped down 2.9 rebounds per contest. Fahan is currently the team's active leader in career assists (115) and steals (70).
"Maddie is extremely competitive and is a top contributor for our team," Nolan added. "More of a silent leader compared to the other two, she leads by example through her work ethic and dedication to the game."
Fiacco continued her record-setting career on College Hill in 2012-13, finishing second on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game and first in rebounding picking up 7.9 caroms per contest. The 6'7" center from Brewster, N.Y. is Lafayette's all-time leader in blocked shots with 284 during her career. Fiacco is also the team's active leader in points (760), field goals (312) and field-goal percentage (.411).
"Danielle continues to be the face of our program since she stepped on campus three years ago," Nolan said. "A strong post presence who disrupts our opponents' offense with her shot blocking and rebound ability, she is an engaging, thoughtful and dynamic leader."
Working herself into another key contributor for the Leopards in her junior season, Liddle rounds out the captaincy contingent. The Irvine, Calif. native was one of just four players on the team to play in all 30 games this season, starting eight. Liddle posted her best game of the year against Bucknell last season, tallying seven points and six rebounds.
"Kristan has progressed throughout her career into a productive player through her hard work and basketball IQ," Nolan added. "She is more of a vocal leader and has earned the respect of her peers through her work ethic."
"As a whole, this group's commitment to excellence in the classroom and community sets them apart," Nolan concluded. "Danielle, Kristan and Maddie have distinguished themselves on the court and are 360 leaders in the Oaks Leadership Academy. I'm excited to have this group lead us into the 2013-14 season. They are a competitive group with high expectations and I look forward to them leading the team."
The Leopards will aim to improve upon an 11-19 campaign in 2012-13 when they kick off their season Nov. 8 against Rider inside the newly renovated Kirby Sports Center