2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
The Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team begins its 2017 season Saturday, March 4 as it hosts No. 13 Bates College in its season-opener, and first game on the newly renovated Smith Field. The game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. The Cardinals' 2017 slate features seven home games, six away games and two neutral site contests in Florida.
In her second season at the helm of the program, Head Coach Kim Williams returns 19 players from last year's team, including seven seniors, as the Cardinals look to make some noise in the exceptionally challenging NESCAC. Additionally, four of the team's top scorers from a year ago return to the lineup this spring – seniors Rachel Aronow, Liana Mathias, Meredith Smith and junior Julia Black – while Williams and her coaching staff are excited about their nine newcomers.
MEET THE TEAM
- Headlining the unit is senior dual-sport athlete, Rachel Aronow '18. The senior, who is also a member of the women's ice hockey team, was the Cardinals' leader in points (31), goals (21) and assists (10) a year ago. She played and started in all 14 games, and also ranked amongst the top on the team in groundballs (17), draw controls (15) and caused turnovers (8).
- Fellow classmates Meredith Smith and Liana Mathias look to build off impressive junior campaigns as well. Smith has recorded at least 20 points in each of her three seasons, and is coming off a 28-point performance a year ago in which she ranked second on the team and tied for first in goals with 21. Mathias, a co-captain, ranked third on the squad a year ago with 23 points and 17 goals.
- Wesleyan figures to get more scoring from junior Julia Black as well, as she capped off a strong sophomore season with 22 points and 13 goals off the bench.
- Defensively, Caroline Sgaglione looks to build off an impressive freshman campaign in which she led the team in ground balls (26), and ranked second in draw controls (20) and caused turnovers (12).
- Leading the team in caused turnovers in 2016 and returning to the squad this spring is junior Sara Bennett. Bennett posted a team-high 14 caused turnovers and finished second on the squad in ground balls with 24.
- Additionally, co-captains Leah Giacalone and Meghan Kelly provide solid veteran experience on the defensive side, with 27 starts between the two of them from a year ago.
- Wesleyan will feature a new goalie in net this year following the graduation of Nina Labovich, who started all 59 games between the posts the past four seasons. Grace McCann '17 is the most experienced of the group, having played 147:05 minutes, while Allegra Grant '20 figures to see time as well. Grant was also the starting goalie for the women's ice hockey team and played 1097:00 minutes between the posts, while recording a 1.75 goals-against average and 94.7 save percentage.
HEAD COACH KIM WILLIAMS
"There's been a lot of excitement and momentum about this spring after the end of last year, and our seniors have really stepped up in the offseason to set the tone. We also welcome nine newcomers who I believe will really enhance our team, and we are looking forward to see who steps up this Saturday as we open in NESCAC play against Bates."