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#8 Melanie Raso
Position: Midfield/Attack
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Farmingdale, N.Y.
High School: Farmingdale
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General:  Melanie Raso returns for her junior season with the Stags lacrosse team.  She has cemented her status as one of the top offensive players in the league the past two seasons, with 35 starts in as many games, and 75 career goals to her credit.
 
Off the Field: Raso is majoring in Sociology.  She was named to the Dean’s List in the 2012 Spring semester and has earned a spot in the Department of Athletics 3.0 Club in each of her semesters on campus.
 
2012: First-Team All-MAAC! Raso led the Stags in scoring for the second consecutive year as she contributed 47 points to the effort.  She led the team with 15 assists, nearly double her output from her rookie season, while also finishing second on the team with 32 goals. Raso led the team with 52 draw controls, the second-best single-season effort in program history and good for 56th in the country at seasons end. She finished sixth in the MAAC in total points, while her four game-winning goals were tied for best in the conference. Raso averaged 2.29 ground balls per game, 48th in the country, and tops on the team with a total of 39. She scored points in 16 of 17 games during the season, with three or more points in 10 outings.  Raso reached a season-high five points for the first time with a three-goal, two assist effort in the win over Sacred Heart.  In the win over Manhattan Raso scored four times, including the game-winner, to go along with five draw controls.  That was the second of four consecutive games in which she had five or more draws, highlighted by a season-best seven in the win at Canisius.  Raso scored a season-high five goals in the regular season finale against Siena, including the game-winner, and then had five points in the MAAC semifinal win over Siena, with three goals. In the season opener Raso had a goal, five ground balls and a season-best five caused turnovers.  She finished the year with six games in which she had at least two caused turnovers.
 
2011: MAAC Rookie of the Year!  First-Team All-MAAC! MAAC Offensive Player of the Week 4/11!  MAAC Defensive Player of the Week 2/22! MAAC Rookie of the Week 3/14, 3/28, 4/18! Raso finished her rookie campaign with a team-best 43 goals and second on the squad with 51 points.  One of the top all-around players in the league, she finished with 43 draw controls, tops on the team and the fourth-best single-season effort in program history.  Raso also had 19 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers and eight assists.  She notched three of the Stags game-winning tallies in league play during the regular season.  Raso started all 18 games that Fairfield played and had an immediate impact as she had five ground balls, five draws and three caused turnovers in her collegiate debut, earning her MAAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades. She had at least one draw control in every game of the season, reaching five twice. Raso tallied at least one goal in 16 games, with a season-best six coming in the win over Lehigh.  She scored three or more goals eight times on the season, including five of eight games against conference opposition.  Held pointless in just two games on the year (Holy Cross and Hofstra), Raso ended the season with at least two points in 10 consecutive games. She caused a personal-best four turnovers against Niagara, a game in which she scored four times, including the game-winner.  Raso netted the game-winner in three consecutive home games, starting with Marist and ending with Canisius. 
 
High School: Raso earned four varsity letters at Farmingdale High School and led the squad to Long Island championships in each of those seasons.  She did not lose a game in either of her last two years at the school, winning back-to-back state titles.  As a team captain her senior season, Raso was named the team MVP.  She was selected to play in the 2010 US Lacrosse Champion High School Showcase and earned Team Freedom MVP accolades.  Following her junior season she was selected as an All-America Honorable Mention and was a three-time All-County selection.
 
Personal: Melanie Anne Raso is the daughter of Dianne and William Raso.  She has three older sisters – Natalie, Heather and Ashley.
 
Raso’s Year-by-Year Stats
Year GP GS SH G A PTS GWG GB DC CT FPG-S
2011 18 18 77 43 8 51 3 19 43 12 4-12
2012 17 17 73 32 15 47 4 39 52 19 6-13
Career 35 35 150 75 23 98 7 58 95 31 10-25
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