The Coast Guard women's lacrosse team enters their second season at the varsity level looking to improve on a year that saw them go 4-11 including a season ending win over archrival Merchant Marine, 14-5. The Bears return 11 players from last year's team and bring in 11 new faces as the program will be searching for their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win.
"We return a veteran group this year who understand the expectations for the season," said second year head coach Ruth Ness. "Throughout the entire preseason and offseason they have been hungry and wanting to improve themselves and get back out on the field."
Starting on the offensive side of the ball the Bears return sophomore's Daria McKenna, Cecelia Hosley and Mimi Coburn. The trio combined for 13 goals and two assists and will use the experience from last season to add more fire power to the Coast Guard offense. Joining them on attack will be freshman Carter Sanderson who will also be a scoring threat for the Bears.
"I am happy with how the offensive unit has been able to work well together throughout the preseason," added coach Ness on the Coast Guard attack as a whole.
Through the midfield junior's Sierra Webb will be joined by freshman Kali Borden. Webb had three goals, one assist, five ground balls and one caused turnover. Borden will look to make an immediate impact with her speed and athleticism through the middle of the field.
Defensively, the entire back line was on the inaugural team last season led by senior co-captain Kaitlin Dickson. She will look to lead a unit featuring sophomore's Niki Kirchner-Hope, Kira Dabrowski and AnFei Neal. The entire group played in a combined 57 games last season and will make it difficult for any team to get an uncontested shot on the Coast Guard net.
Returning in goal for the Bear's this season will be sophomore Angel Fay who started every game for Coast Guard last season. Fay was fourth in the conference with 127 saves, a 40.6 save percentage and a 12.32 goals against average. Fay will be a reliable presence in goal for Coast Guard this season.
With strong leadership from co-captains Dickson and senior Isabelle Patnode, the Bears will look to build on their first varsity season in program history and be competitive in the always tough NEWMAC.
The Bears open their season this Saturday, February 27th against in state rival Eastern Connecticut State University at 12:00. The team's home opener is on March 5th against Stockton at 11:00.