By Thomas Graziano
Despite graduating five seniors, all of whom were All-ODAC captains last year, SU Women’s Lacrosse head coach Lindsey Lutz is excited for a “fresh start” on the 2019 season.
Lutz is particularly excited about the addition of Taylor Paige,a new full-time assistant coach who has come to SU from ODAC rival Bridgewater College.
The Hornets have only one returning senior, Nakona Wolfe, so Lutz hopes to see a lot of leadership out of the 2020 Junior Class.
The Hornets have some returning players that Lutz is hoping will have a great impact from on the offensive side. The offensive team will be led by former All ODAC conference player Cassie Arndt, last year’s ODAC rookie of the year Allyson Bittinger and All ODAC Tournament player Jordyn Miller.
On the defensive side for the Hornets, they will be led by Juniors Emma Hardisky and Jess Spindler.
“There is a high competitive edge and competitive standard that I see from our team at practice, I’m excited to get them on the field and see that come to life.”
Although the team suffered a loss in leadership, Lutz is very excited for some of the younger players to step up and fulfill those roles that need to be replaced. “They have been working very hard for two years and I can’t wait to see them step up and fill those roles on the field.”
Lutz has been focusing on the level of stick protection for the younger players, she wants to have the younger players prepared for the transition from high school to the college game.
As Lutz looks for a brand new set of captains during the preseason with the addition of a new assistant coach, she hopes it will bring new insight and style to the tea.
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