WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A video preview for the upcoming William and Mary lacrosse season is now available online above or by clicking here.
Having earned double-digit win seasons during four of the last five years, W&M will look to continue building upon that tradition of success during the 2013 campaign.
This season's edition of the Tribe will feature six returning starters and will be led by a trio of talented and experienced senior captains - Brett Hayes, Caitlin Murphy and Katie Stillwell. In addition to the returning talent, which includes seven of the team's top eight scorers from last season, the Tribe's roster will be bolstered by an outstanding eight-member freshman class.
As is the case every season, the College will test itself with a challenging slate that includes four games against teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the 16-game slate includes five contests versus teams nationally ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) preseason poll.
2013 Season Preview
Having earned double-digit win seasons during four of the last five years, the William and Mary lacrosse team will look to continue building upon that tradition of success during the 2013 campaign.
This season’s edition of the Tribe will feature six returning starters and will be led by a trio of talented and experienced senior captains – Brett Hayes, Caitlin Murphy and Katie Stillwell. In addition to the returning talent, which includes seven of the team’s top eight scorers from last season, W&M’s roster will be bolstered by an outstanding eight-member freshman class.
As is the case every season, the College will test itself with a challenging slate that includes four games against teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the 16-game slate includes five contests versus teams nationally ranked in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) preseason poll.
A positional breakdown for the upcoming season is available below.
Led by all-conference standout senior Kyrstin Mackrides, the Tribe’s attacking unit is well positioned for an outstanding season. After adjusting to head coach Brooke Ireland’s system last spring, the group will benefit from that experience as it enters the upcoming campaign as a more cohesive unit.
One of the league’s top attackers, Mackrides garnered second-team all-conference honors in 2012 after leading the team with 32 goals and ranking ninth in the CAA with 1.88 goals per game. The Newtown Square, Pa., native is a quiet leader who possesses the quickest lateral movement on the team and should challenge for postseason honors once again.
Helping anchor the attacking corps will be standout junior Taelor Salmon, who recorded a team-high 42 points on 31 goals and 11 assists last season. Honored as the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year as a freshman, she followed up her outstanding rookie season by ranking ninth in the conference with 2.47 points per game last spring. Additionally, the Fort Washington, Md., native posted a .544 shooting percentage and proved to be one of the league’s most productive attackers.
One of the conference’s top freshmen last season, sophomore Kaleigh Noon will be an integral part of the Tribe’s attack once again after earning CAA All-Rookie Team distinction last spring. En route to garnering the league’s rookie of the week honor three times in 2012, Noon finished the season with 34 points on 20 goals and 14 assists with a team-high 38 draw controls. Excellent at controlling the attack from behind the cage, the Baltimore, Md., native was especially productive during the latter half of last season and ranked seventh in the league with 0.93 assists per game while posting a .588 shooting percentage.
After appearing in 14 games and earning one start as a freshman last season, Ellen Shaffrey will likely earn and increased role this spring. The Charlottesville, Va., native worked hard during the offseason and showed tremendous improvement during the fall. Like fellow sophomore starting attacker Noon, Shaffrey is a tall player who will be key on draws for the Tribe.
Adding depth at attack will be sophomore Sarah Gunter and a trio of freshmen in Zoe Boger, Campbell Collier and Kelly Martins. Although she appeared in just one game last season, Gunter had a good offseason and possesses speed, quickness and a good eye for the goal. A two-time All-American at Roswell High School in Atlanta, Ga., Boger is one of the Tribe’s top freshmen this season and should earn significant playing time this spring. Campbell, a two-time first-team All-Northern Region selection at Robinson High School in Fairfax, Va., is a fast player who is good driving towards the goal. Martins, a very quick athlete, will also add depth to the attacking unit and joins the Tribe after garnering US Lacrosse All-America honorable mention distinction at Langley High School in McLean, Va.
One of the league’s top players last season, senior Katie Stillwell will lead the Tribe’s midfield in 2013. After earning CAA All-Rookie Team honors in 2011, Stillwell garnered second-team all-conference distinction last spring after totaling 15 points (12g, 3a), 20 ground balls, 21 draw controls and a .545 shooting percentage. A great leader and passionate player, the Chantilly, Va., native is the unit’s most consistent player and should once again vie for all-conference honors.
Like Stillwell, senior Caitlin Murphy is another veteran leader in the midfield who will serve as a captain this year. A starter in 30 games during the past two seasons, Murphy has been an extremely consistent player on both sides of the field throughout her career. The Virginia Beach, Va., native totaled 14 points (11g, 3a), 16 ground balls and 26 draw controls in 2012. Additionally, the team will rely on her to go towards goal more this season after posting a .579 shooting percentage last spring.
Junior Jenna Dougherty will also be an important player in the Tribe’s midfield. The Moorestown, N.J., native started the first 15 games last spring before suffering a season-ending injury. A strong player and good leader, Dougherty is an excellent connector in the middle of the field and finished her sophomore season with 13 points on 10 goals and three assists.
Also vying for a significant role in the midfield this season are junior Bridget Brown and sophomore Amanda Johnson. Brown provides excellent leadership and possesses speed with good lateral movement, while Johnson is a tremendously hard worker who has good stick work.
A trio of freshmen will also add depth to the midfield, as Trish Gorman, Michelle Goss and Courtney Taylor join the mix this season. Gorman and Taylor are both recovering from knee injuries, while Goss worked hard during the fall season and continues to adjust to the collegiate game.
With the loss of three starters from last season due to graduation, including all-conference standout Sarah Mulvey, the defensive unit will take on a new look this spring. Fortunately, the Tribe’s roster features a number of talented players who should emerge this year.
The group’s lone returning starter is sophomore Maggie Bermingham, who ranked second on the team with 13 caused turnovers last season. An excellent one-on-one defender, the Annandale, Va., native’s leadership will be crucial to the team’s success defensively this season.
Also helping lead the unit will be senior Brett Hayes, who moves over from the midfield this spring. A captain, Hayes possesses good speed and has improved greatly as a defender during the offseason.
Another of the Tribe’s top defenders is senior Hannah Clarke. After appearing in 15 games and earning three starts last season, Clarke will likely see an increased role this spring. The Houston, Texas native is a fast player who has demonstrated a proven ability to slow down opposing teams’ attackers.
A trio of returners will also vie for significant playing time, as juniors Heather McDonald and Holly Kramer, as well as sophomore Alexi Farmakis, will look to make an impact this season. Although McDonald missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, she is a smart player who sees the field well. Kramer has spent her first two seasons at the College as a reserve, but the Ashburn, Va., native is a hard worker who is quick and has improved her footwork. Farmakis has also seen limited playing time thus far, but she is another fast player who posted an impressive fall and has the potential to make an impact this season. The Wilton, Conn., native may also earn time as a reserve midfielder.
Adding depth to the defensive unit will be sophomores Allison Henry and Katherine Shepherd, as well as freshman Catherine Shaughnessy. Henry is a good athlete who sees the ball well and works well with the defense, while Shepherd is working her way back from injury and is also a solid defender. A honorable mention All-America selection at Great Valley High School in Paoli, Pa., Shaughnessy is also working her way back from injury and could contribute by midseason.
A trio of players will compete for the starting goalkeeper spot this season, as senior Katie Geary, junior Colleen Nofi and freshman Meredith Crizer will all vie for the role. Each player possesses different strengths, and all three could earn playing time this spring.
Geary is an excellent leader who provides a veteran presence in goal. A smart player, she worked on her quickness during the fall and has continued to improve her all-around skills.
Although she has seen limited action in her first two seasons at W&M, Nofi is a smart player who has quick hands and a good eye for the ball. The Cold Harbor Springs, N.Y., native finished her sophomore season with a .519 save percentage last spring.
A four-year letterwinner at George C. Marshall High School in Dunn Loring, Va., Crizer is a self-taught goalie who has tremendous natural ability. She is a smart, confident player who has quick hands and has rapidly adjusted to the college game.