COAST GUARD WOMEN'S LACROSSE 2017 The Coast Guard women’s lacrosse team is back to the basics for the 2017 season as they concentrate on growth, building a team legacy and preparing for the difficult New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule.

First year head coach Mary Heneberry comes to the team with a wealth of knowledge from playing Division I lacrosse at Loyola to spending the last four years as the first assistant at Washington & Lee helping the team to two Regional Finals in 2014 and 2015.

“Our first priority quickly became establishing what it means to be an ambassador of this program and that it is a privilege to be a Bear - who are we?” said Heneberry. “What are our values? Our tradition’s? What is expected of each player and coach? What is our team culture and how do we maintain it? What is our legacy? We’ve spent the majority of our non-traditional and pre-season building the foundation on which these players want the program to stand. The team has taken ownership of this process and we are grateful as coaches to be a part of the growth.”

Tasked with helping lead the team this season are captain’s senior Sierra Webb and junior Cecelia Hosley who have been members of the team since the inaugural 2015 season.
Senior Sierra Webb (L) and junior Cecelia Hosley (R)

“Sierra Webb and Cecelia Hosley have come into their own as captains,” added Heneberry “Their different strengths and styles of leadership help bridge the gaps between each of their teammates – they’re doing a good job catering the ways they motivate to each individual.”

The Bears return 12 players to the rosters from last year’s team that understands the rigors of the fast and competitive spring schedule.

“Our returners are excited to see where the team can go this year,” said Heneberry. “We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what they define as success and what our goals for the season are, and right now we’re just focused on growth skill-wise, mentally and strengthening team chemistry.”

Joining the 12 returners are 10 newcomers who have jumped into the spring excited for the upcoming season.

“The freshmen are an athletic and spunky group,” added Heneberry. “Most of them are dual-sport athletes, so they’re coming to lacrosse with a fall season of competition under their belts. This has really helped their integration into our team and their confidence level.”

With 16 games in just over two months, Heneberry and her coaching staff are prepared to return to the fundamentals and build these into larger game concepts.

“My assistant (Katie McHugh) and I felt it was important to bring everything back to the basics whether we were focusing on team culture and player relationships, or lacrosse fundamentals and larger game concepts,” said Heneberry.

“Our players are systematic, linear thinkers, so we embraced that approach to break down the basic body mechanics of just catching and throwing. If you can’t catch and throw, you can’t play lacrosse. We used this approach moving forward with other skills, language we’ll use on the field and body positioning. Through this approach we’re making a lot of progress.”

Coast Guard starts the season with two out of conference home games against Eastern Connecticut and Salve Regina before taking a trip south for games against Stockton and Virginia Wesleyan during the teams spring break.

The Bears will once again play Merchant Marine on the road this year on March 18th before moving into conference play with notable games against MIT, Springfield, Wheaton and Babson.

The team opens the season this Saturday, February 25th at home against the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors. Opening draw is 11:30.

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