USMMA to Field Women's Lacrosse Team in 2013

Three New Yorkers on the roster for upcoming season which begins Feb. 23.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point is set to kick off its inaugural season of women's lacrosse next month.

“The Academy has a great tradition of excellent athletics and I look forward to adding another successful program to that tradition,” said USMMA Director of Athletics Sue Petersen Lubow in a press release last year.

The Mariners will compete as an independent in 2013 before taking on a full Landmark Conference schedule in 2014. 

In October, Lubow named Kyle Simensky as head coach of women’s lacrosse at USMMA.

"We feel he is an outstanding coach and will be successful leading our women into their first season,” said Lubow.

Simensky spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the USMMA's men's lacrosse team in 2009-10 and was part of the 2009 squad that captured a Landmark Conference Championship. Most recently, he has served as an assistant coach and physical education teacher in the Locust Valley school district.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to start the women’s lacrosse program here at Kings Point,” said Simensky in October. “The Academy has a great tradition of excellent athletics and I look forward to adding another successful program to that tradition.”

As a player at Cortland State, Simensky made three consecutive appearances in the national championship game from 2006-2008 and won a Division III National Championship in 2006. He was named a SUNYAC All-Conference performer in his senior season.  

In recent months, Simensky has worked to round out the 2013 roster which includes players from across the nation, including three from New York.

Seniors Kristen Bell from New City, Lauren Callahan from Mineola and Nancy Barriga from Queens all made the inaugural roster for the Mariners.

Three of the team's 11 games this season are scheduled to be played at Kings Point.

USMMA 2013 Schedule:

Date  Opponent Time Feb. 23  at Wesley 4 p.m. March 12  Mt. St. Vincent 5 p.m. March 14  at Maritime (NY) 7 p.m. March 16  at Muhlenberg 1 p.m. March 19  at Old Westbury 4 p.m. March 23  St. Elizabeth 1 p.m. April 13  at FDU-Florham 1 p.m. April 15  Farmingdale State 7 p.m. April 17  at Drew 4 p.m. April 21  at Mt. St. Vincent 5 p.m. April 27  at St. Joseph (CT) 1 p.m.

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