Women's Lacrosse: Mount Union Ready to Start First Season Saturday

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Two years after announcing the intention to create a women's lacrosse program, the University of Mount Union begins its inaugural women's lacrosse season Saturday, March 2 at noon against Oberlin College in Mount Union Stadium.

This game will be braodcasted LIVE STATS and WRMU 91.1 FM.

The new Purple Raider program features 16 freshmen, two sophomores and one junior for first year head coach Emily Fisher 

Fisher comes to Mount Union after a stint coaching at Hudson (Ohio) High School and in fact two players she coached in high school are on the Purple Raiders' roster in freshmen goalie Casey McHenry (Hudson/Hudson) and midfielder Kolbie Haines (Hudson/Hudson).

"I coached both [Haines and McHenry] at Hudson," stated Fisher.  "One of the most rewarding experiences as a coach is to watch your players improve and grow over the years. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to mentor and coach these two through both high school and college."

Coaching is in the blood for Fisher as her father Tim Baab was the head men's basketball coach at John Carroll University for 11 seasons and she plans to take some lessons from him with her own college coaching assignment.

"My dad's teams were always aggressive and stressed defense and we will do the same," stated Fisher.  "We have good team speed and constantly preach that defense is going to win games for us and everyone needs to be committed to defense no matter where they are on the field."

In attack for the Raiders are freshmen Ashley Christensen (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park), Shawney Hamilton (Kent/Kent Roosevelt), Anna Lano (Chaska, Minn./Chanhassen), Jackie Leyva (Tustin, Calif./Tustin), Alex Wiley (Monclova/Notre Dame Academy), junior Erica Pecic (Willowick/Lake Catholic) and sophomore Ashley Rivera (Brunswick/Brunswick).

Midfielders include freshmen, Haines, Taylor Pensyl (Kent/Kent Roosevelt), Emily Bergert (North Canton/Hoover), Kelsey Shewbridge (Medina/Medina), Kendyl Stone (Brunswick/Brunswick) and Susie Kraus (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley).

The defenders consist of sophomore Erika Druzina (Kirktland/Lake Catholic) and three freshmen Kaela Smith (Canal Winchester/Bishop Hartley), Taylor Baron (Stafford, Va./Pop John Paul) and Jenna Snider (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest).

In goal for the Raiders will be McHenry and freshman Clare Byrne (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West).

Druzina, McHenry and Shewbridge will be the captains for the 2013 season.

Fisher says her first team is a "tight-knit" group that understands the "team" philosophy.

"I can honestly say that I could not ask for a better group of girls to start this program," commented Fisher. "There are no selfish attitudes on our team and it is exciting to have a group of team players who have good fundamentals, understand the game well, and can try new things."

2013 Mount Union Women's Lacrosse Schedule

March

 
 

Sat

2

Oberlin

Mount Union Stadium

12:00 PM

Tue

5

at Thiel (Pa.)

Greenville, Pa.

7:00 PM

Sat

9

Franciscan

Mount Union Stadium

12:00 PM

Sat

16

at Wilmington

Wilmington, Ohio

2:00 PM

Tue

19

Hiram

Mount Union Stadium

5:00 PM

Sat

23

Ohio Wesleyan

Mount Union Stadium

1:00 PM

Tue

26

Houghton (N.Y.)

Mount Union Stadium

5:00 PM

Sat

30

Olivet (Mich.)

Mount Union Stadium

12:00 PM

April

 
 

Sat

6

at Olivet (Mich.)

Olivet, Mich.

5:00 PM

Sun

7

at Albion (Mich.)

Albion, Mich.

1:00 PM

Sat

13

at Waynesburg (Pa.)

Waynesburg, Pa.

1:00 PM

Fri

19

St. Vincent (Pa.)

Mount Union Stadium

7:00 PM

Sun

21

at Otterbein

Westerville, Ohio

2:00 PM

Tue

23

at Baldwin Wallace

Berea, Ohio

7:00 PM

Sat

27

Hilbert (N.Y.)

Mount Union Stadium

6:00 PM

Home games in bold

 
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