Sept. 20, 2012
EASTON, Pa.- Head coach Dianne Nolan has named senior guard Alicia Manning, junior center Danielle Fiacco, and sophomore forward Emily Homan as her tri-captains for the 2012-13 Lafayette women's basketball team.
"We have a large team," Nolan said. "Our team is very diverse in terms of the amount of girls we have in each class. I thought it was important to have three captains from three different classes so our players each had a leader they could relate to."
Manning is one of three seniors on this year's squad including forward Samantha Jordan and guard Ashley Springer. Manning averaged two points per game last season, seeing action in 20 contests.
"Alicia is a no-nonsense teammate that leads by example," Nolan said. "A bright and level-headed player, her likeability and attention to detail make her an ideal captain."
Fiacco joins a group of four juniors including forward Kristan Liddle, guard Madeline Fahan and forward Kelly Loughney. Fiacco was second on the team in scoring last season at a 10.5 points per game clip. The 6-7 center also led the team in rebounds, gathering 8.3 per game in 2011.
"Danielle has been the face of the program since she arrived two years ago," coach Nolan added. "Another captain that leads by example, Danielle commands respect not only due to her size, but because of the work ethic and effort she provides."
Homan led the Leopard frontcourt as a freshman last season, averaging 11.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Her classmates include guards Maddie Peabody, Brya Freeland and Linnel Macklin. Homan will also be a great mentor for the four freshmen on this year's squad, knowing what it takes to make a successful transition from high school to the college game. This year's freshmen include guards Morgan Miller and Jamie O'Hare, and forwards Jazmin Hayes and Annette Snow.
"Emily is our silent leader," coach Nolan said. "She leads by giving 100% on every play and showing the ability to learn and pick up on things quickly. While Danielle and Alicia are more vocal leaders, Emily allows her teammates to feed off her skills and work ethic."
The Leopards will open their 2012-13 season at home against the Loyola (Chicago) Greyhounds on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Patriot League play begins on Jan. 12 as Lafayette travels to Annapolis, Md. to face Navy.