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Iona College Sweeps Preseason MAAC Honors

The 2012 MAAC presason awards were announced on Wednesday and the Iona Gaels swept all the awards. Iona went through the 2011 season unscathed en route to earning the leagues automatic NCAA tournament berth, and are projected to win the league again this year.

Iona earned 48 points and finished ahead of the Wagner Seahawks and Marist Red Foxes who each had 40 and 38 points to round out the top three. The first team honors had three Iona players make the cut with senior Cecilia Leonard and sophomore Amy Olson being named co-presason players of the year.

Wagner came in next with having two players make the preseason all-conference team.

Preseason coaches poll

1.

Iona

48

2.

Wagner

40

3.

Marist

38

4.

St. Francis (N.Y.)

24

5.

Siena

20

6.

Villanova

18

7.

VMI

8

Preseason All-MAAC Team

Cecilia Leonard

Iona

Amy Olsen

Iona

Marisa Gaynor

Iona

Desiree Desaulniers

Marist

Regina Toth

St. Francis

Chelsea Beck

Wagner

Lauren French

Wagner

Co-Preseason Players of the Year

Cecilia Leonard

Iona

Amy Olsen

Iona

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