As the Tigers prepare for 2018, there is a definite sense of excitement. The team boasted 13 double-digit point scorers in 2017, and all but one return to the field in 2018. And, since 8 of the top 10 scorers have at least two years of eligibility remaining, the team is confident in the offensive cohesion experience will bring.
Three different freshmen led the 2017 team in goals, assists, and points. The Tigers expect a year of experience to pay big dividends in 2018.
Senior attacker Sydney Beldock will be also be joined by junior Bridget McConville (Mishawaka, Ind.), sophomores Phoebe Stirm (West Palm Beach, Fl.) and Julia Wittosch (Peachtree Corners, Ga.), in addition to freshman Emily Stallings (Richmond, Va.).
The midfield centers on versatility, with seniors Molly Elkins, Kit Sommi, and Alden Woolford mentoring the team's deepest crew. Juniors Anna Comer (Charlotte, N.C.), Catherine Crigler (Charlotte, N.C.), Kelly Thomsen (Waxhaw, N.C.) and Brooke Winfield (Wilmington, Del.) combined to basically double their point contributions from 2016 to 2017.
Sophomores Elizabeth Orr (Louisville, Ky.) and Temple Moore (Richmond, Va.) gained valuable experience in 2017 and are expected to adapt quickly to increased responsibility this spring.
Freshmen Mallory Bedell (Richmond, Va.), Jennings Briley (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Bonny Smith (Lexington, Va.) and Sarah Strand (Natick, Mass.) will add sparks both offensively and defensively as the Tigers look to regain their dominance on the draw circle.
Defensively, the 2017 team posted a 7.63 goals against average, the lowest in team history. While strong goalkeeping accounts for a lot, team defense is a cornerstone of the Tiger's coaching philosophy. Returning junior Grace Fulton (Hagerstown, Md.) is joined by sophomore Annie Sherrill (Charlotte, N.C.). Freshmen Maggie Bridges, Logan Bulls (Woodstock, Md.), and Katie Tiller (Round Rock, Tex.) are all expected to play significant minutes immediately.
Junior Brianna Young (Feeding Hills, Mass.) returns to patrol the cage after a record-setting 2017 season. She is joined by Amanda Jenkins (Eldersburg, Md.) and Caroline Roncalli (Bryn Mawr, Pa.); both freshmen had impressive fall seasons and quickly gained the confidence of their teammates.
Three of our graduates were accepted into the English Lacrosse Association's program which enabled them to spend a year teaching and coaching abroad for a year after graduation. Your ambition is your limit; you can enjoy these opportunities and still be a competitive lacrosse player.
Current and former Tigers have worked in admissions as Arcadian tour guides, served the University as tutors, been members of the Honor Council and held Greek life leadership positions. They've also contributed to the community through volunteer work, both in and outside of the classroom.
Our players have published their research, sang with University groups, and played additional varsity, club, or intramural sports. Two even had a radio show (ladies, you know who)! A large number have been active in the University's Outing Program, either as trip participants or leaders. Many have successfully held work-study or off-campus part-time jobs.