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SEWANEE WOMEN'S LACROSSE Fall 2017 Newsletter

Fall has arrived on campus, and we are ready to see what the rest of the 2017-2018 year brings. We hope you enjoy this first newsletter of the year as we work to keep you updated on our program and our excitement for new adventures. There are many ways to stay up-to-date on our latest happenings, and we look forward to giving you more glimpses of life as a Sewanee Tiger and here on the Domain!

2017 Season Review

In their tenth varsity season, the Tigers finished the year with an impressive 14-5 overall record, while going 5-2 in conference play.

Current juniors Grace Fulton and Brianna Young had phenomenal sophomore campaigns and headlined the team's post-season awards, as both were named to the IWLCA All-Region team.
In addition, five players were named to the SAA All-Conference teams, and those players ALL return for 2018. Current seniors Kit Sommi and Molly Elkins are joined by juniors Brianna Young, Grace Fulton, and Anna Comer. Each played crucial roles in the team's defense, as the Tigers posted a program-best 7.63 goals against average.
Goalie Brianna Young earned SAA Defensive Player of the Year awards in addition to becoming the first-ever NCAA Statistical Champion for the Tigers after leading the nation with a .613 save percentage.

Who are we?

The 2018 squad represents eighteen states (for the second year in a row). The diverse group features four players each from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, along with two each from Florida, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Rounding out the team are single players from Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont.

The Seniors Shall Lead Them!

THE SENIORS HAVE BEEN INTEGRAL TO THIS TEAM SINCE THEY FIRST STEPPED FOOT ON-CAMPUS. 2018 WILL BE THEIR YEAR TO SHINE, AND THEIR LEADERSHIP IS CRUCIAL AS WE PURSUE OUR GOAL OF A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Midfielder Kit Sommi (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Midfielder Molly Elkins (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Attacker Sydney Beldock (Charlotte, Vt.)
Midfielder Alden Woolford (Norwalk, Conn.)

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.

Mary Kate Myers (Bethesda, Md.) led the team in goals as a freshman (29) and finished second in points (34) while posting a 56.9% shooting percentage.
Classmate Preston Cooper (Vero Beach, Fla.) should be a factor after leading the team in points (37) and finishing second in assists (16) in her collegiate debut.
Grace Zechman (Lancaster, Pa.) looks to add to her career totals, after leading the team in assists (17) as a freshman.

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.

Junior Catherine Crigler

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 Grace Fulton

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.

Junior Brianna Young

We are Student-Athletes!

A hallmark of Sewanee's liberal arts education is the ability to study abroad. Our players are no different; team members have recently enjoyed their time in places such as: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand (among others).

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.

Get Involved!

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.

Let interests and desires help you find your place at Sewanee!

Remember, Yea, Sewanee's Right!

Sewanee Women's Lacrosse is very grateful for the generous contributions Sewanee families and alumni have made to our program over the years. The YSR Club is an integral part of our program, allowing us to provide opportunities for travel, competition, special gear, and access to technology that benefits our players on and off the field. We appreciate your support of our mission to develop great players and excellent student-athlete role models.

Please click below to donate to our YSR account (specify women's lacrosse, please). Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on the Mountain soon!

This crew says "Thank you," as they enjoy the benefits of our YSR funds, particularly VOLTing and spring break in Texas and California for 2018.
Yes, we live HERE!

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