CALDWELL-- A veteran starter, Nicole Iacullo leads the list of soccer standouts from Mount Saint Dominic Academy who have reaped some level of post-season plaudits.
Iacullo, a senior striker from North Caldwell, was the locals' leading scorer, totaling seven scores and a half-dozen assists in the Lady Lions' score of skirmishes this season.
For her efforts, Iacullo was voted First Team All-Super Essex Conference/Liberty Division honors by that conference's coaches conclave. As a sophomore, when she registered five goals and three assists, Iacullo landed on the All-SEC second string, prior to be named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention list as a junior, when she added five tallies and six helps to her team's totals.
“It's a huge honor to make the All-Conference First Team,” enthused Iacullo, adding, “This was my senior season and definitely a fun year for me. “I really enjoyed the time with my teammates and we also had some nice wins.”
Iacullo, who is also a sprinter for the Mount track program, hopes to attend a large state college, preferably in the south, “Somewhere like the University of Texas, for instance,” she noted.
The four other Lady Lions who reaped post-season praises are two All-SEC second string selections: Colette Murphy, a junior right back from Florham Park (one goal) and three-year starter Emma Przyhocki, a junior stopper from Parsippany who recorded five goals and two assists, mostly on free kicks, and two competitors who were named to the All-Liberty Honorable Mention list: Marchella Bevacqua, a junior central midfielder from Parsippany (one assist) and Nieve Beckwith, a ninth-grade left back from Montclair.
Overall, the Lady Lions went 6-13-1, but the Mount was very competitive with the vast majority of its opponents and lost, 0-1, to several very good sides, including Caldwell, West Essex, Bloomfield, Millburn and the Kent Place School.
“I think our girls worked very hard and learned a lot this season, we just had trouble putting the ball into the back of the net, we just couldn't finish well,” summed second-year MSDA head coach Domenique Esposito Edwards.