Season Preview: Women's Lacrosse Sets Sights on Strong 2018

Season Preview: Women's Lacrosse Sets Sights on Strong 2018

Registering a 6-9 overall ledger a season ago, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team is ready to return to form in 2018 behind the strength of an experienced group of 19 veterans and the energy of 10 newcomers.

Last year, Amherst posted a 3-7 record in the nationally competitive NESCAC conference before falling to then-No. 8 ranked Middlebury, 8-7 in the league Quarterfinals in their 17th consecutive appearance in the NESCAC tournament.

Despite the loss of five talented student-athletes to graduation, head coach Christine Paradis and the Amherst coaching staff are ready and excited for the new year. "We have had an incredibly productive and successful preseason thus far with a strong and positive team dynamic," noted Paradis.

The Mammoths, who will be kicking off their season on Saturday, March 3 at Colby, are led by seniors Julia Crerend, Rowena Schenck, Kelly Karczewski, Dakota Foster and Mary Grace Cronin.

"The seniors have been phenomenal leaders thus far!  Beginning last fall they set the bar high, pushing everyone to work hard and hold each other accountable both on and off the field," commented Paradis. "With many experienced returners and a talented first year class, the potential is there for sure - going into the season with new rules and a new team it should prove to be both interesting and exciting."

Their top point-getter from a season ago, Julia Crerend '18 is set to headline the Mammoths' attack after striking for a team-high 23 markers and dishing out three assists in 2017.

Alongside Crerend, Mary Grace Cronin '18 and Annie Cohen '19 are positioned to be impact players up front after each racking up 12 points last spring, with Cronin looking to build on a seven goal, five assist junior campaign and Cohen aiming to use the momentum from a two score, 10 assist season in which she also picked up 15 ground balls and caused six turnovers.

Kaitlyn Haase '19 and Dani DiTommaso '20 add depth on the front third of the field, with the duo both earning playing time last spring.

Amherst returns a talented core of their midfield patrol, led by Hannah Fox '20 who notched 18 ground ball pickups and found nylon nine times and assisted on nine goals during a strong debut season.

Kelly Karczewski '18 and Katherine Malone '20 are poised to keep opponents on their toes, with the duo logging 16 and 15 points, respectively, and combining for 32 ground ball pickups, while Dakota Foster '18 and Lindsey Call '19 round out a capable contingent of play makers.

Transitioning to defense this season, Kate Burns '19 and Sabrina Solow '19 are ready to anchor the Amherst backline. A staunch defender, Solow picked up a squad-high 33 ground balls last season and forced a team-leading 25 turnovers, while Burns tallied 24 ground ball pickups and 15 caused turnovers.

Rowena Schenck '18 and Kat Krieg '20 are also back in the lineup after starting all 15 contests as staples of the Mammoths defensive unit last spring, with Schenck impressing with 17 caused turnovers and Krieg adding 14 of her own. 

They will be joined by Shannon Tierney '19, Kelly Siebert '20 and Nicole Frontero '20 who will add skill and tenacity to the defense.

Talia Land '20 and Katie Savage '19 will fill the void on the Mammoths goal line, with both Land and Savage having a strong foundation to build on after seeing game action last spring.