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2019 Hope College Women's Lacrosse Preview by Eva Dean Folkert

Pictured above: Hope attacker Allison Darnell in action.

2019 At a Glance

  • Roster size: 21
  • Returners: 13
  • Captains: Senior Bailey Berberich, senior Allison Darnell, junior Julianna Burlet, sophomore Jane Ragains
  • 2019 MIAA Preseason Poll: Second
  • Outlook: The Flying Dutch are seeking to improve upon their fourth-place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2018. Hope finished with a record of 8-7 overall and 5-3 in the MIAA.
  • Fast fact: Hope has qualified for the MIAA Tournament for the fourth year in-a-row since 2014. The Flying Dutch lost in the semifinals to regular-season and eventual MIAA Tournament champions, Calvin College, of the 2018 league tournament.

2019 Roster

The Flying Dutch are a young team in 2019. Their roster consists of two seniors, two juniors, 11 sophomores and six freshmen. Hope has three players named to the 2018 All-MIAA second team returning this season: senior defender Bailey Berberich, sophomore midfielder Madison Micho, and sophomore midfielder Carly Pieri. After the winter sports season, sophomores Sydney Muller and Helen Holt, who both play women's basketball for Hope, will be joining the women's lacrosse team.

"We're still a very young team. The majority of our players are underclassmen. We have only four upperclassmen but the leadership that we've had this year has just been phenomenal. The upperclassmen are ready to lead and ready to move this team into new directions and a higher level of play." — Coach Kim Vincent

Key Returner

Sophomore Carly Pieri led Hope in scoring with 36 goals and in groundballs with 41 in 2018. She was named to the All-MIAA second team and "took us to a whole new level in the center draw," says head coach Kim Vincent.

Key Returner

Senior defender Bailey Berberich is a leader on the Hope defense and was named to the all-MIAA second team in 2018. She was credited with 27 groundballs while causing 12 turnovers.

Key Returner

Sophomore midfielder Jane Ragains was Hope's second-leading scorer with 20 goals in 2018. She had a 53.6% shooting percentage, second-best among Hope scorers with more than 10 goals last season.

Other Hope Players to Watch

TOP: Sophomore attacker Madison Micho was an All-MIAA second team selection, scoring 14 goals on a 41.2% shooting percentage; BOTTOM LEFT: Sophomore midfielder Rachel Elder was Hope's third-leading scorer with 25 goals; BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophomore goalie Laurel Frederickson started every game for Hope and saved 42.9% of opponents' shots on goal.
Junior defender Julianna Burlet slows down Olivet.

2019 Women's Lacrosse Schedule

The Flying Dutch open their 2019 season with two road games — first playing Cleary University on Friday, February 22, and then onto North Central (Illinois) University on Saturday, March 2. Hope's home opener in the Van Andel Soccer Stadium is Saturday, March 9 versus Lourdes (Ohio) University at 1:00 p.m. MIAA play begins for the Flying Dutch on Saturday, March 30 at Olivet College.

2019 Coaching Staff

Head Coach Kim Vincent

Entering her fifth season as head coach, Kim Vincent has led the Flying Dutch to MIAA Tournament appearances every year she has coached Hope women's lacrosse. In fact, three of Hope's best seasons have come under Vincent. In 2017, she took the team to its first MIAA Tournament championship match.

Assistant Coaches

"We've been talking about champion mindset and what that might look like for us. We've never been conference champions. We feel like we've been close but we know that there is a big difference between getting close and actually being champions. We want our legacy to be one of bringing that championship mindset forward." — Coach Kim Vincent
Sophomore midfielder Paige Wilmer was Hope's assist leader with 14 in 2018.

By The Numbers

  • 3rd. Consecutive winning season in 2018.
  • 201. Goals scored by the Flying Dutch last season.
  • 71. Assists by the Flying Dutch last season.
  • 13.40. Goals per game last season.
  • 31.60. Shots per game last season.
  • 42.4. Shooting percentage last season.
"Part of getting to the next level in our game is being creative on the field and giving the players more tools to draw from. Being creative in the way that they use their sticks and their bodies and their eyes and their heads and each other to make plays happen is a focus for us because our entire league is getting better. Most of the teams have coaches who are ready to bring their teams up. So the good news is that the better we all get, the better we all get." — Coach Kim Vincent

Team of Academic Honors

The Hope College women's lacrosse team hauled in two team academic honors in 2018 — one from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and one from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Each organization recognized the team's overall GPA of 3.42. The Flying Dutch's IWLCA Honor Squad Award was one of 339 from across NCAA Division I, II and III, and NAIA. The MIAA Team GPA Award, which requires that league teams have over a 3.30 GPA, was their fifth in-a-row.

"These young women bring passion for learning and growth into every part of their experience at Hope. They embrace being a student first and athlete second while always striving for excellence. We count on our upperclassmen to lead the way and to also stand beside their younger teammates, mentoring them in our tradition of excellence both on the field and in the classroom." — Coach Kim Vincent

Hope's Home Field Advantage

Flying Dutch Women's Lacrosse Plays at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Hope's Campus
Van Andel Soccer Stadium accommodates 1,400 fans in stadium-style and bleacher seating.
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