Lacrosse Set to Open 2013 Season Friday at Coastal Carolina|
Feb. 14, 2013
The University of Cincinnati's women's lacrosse team opens the 2013 season Friday when it travels to Conway, S.C. to take on Coastal Carolina University. This is the first ever meeting between the Bearcats and Chanticleers (Chants) as 2013 is the inaugural season for CCU. Friday's contest is also the first of the season for the Chants.
Under the direction of first year head coach Gina Oliver, the Bearcats' focus over the last five weeks of practice has been on learning plays and having a competitive team culture from the beginning to the end of the season.
"The last five weeks have been a battle, up and down going against each other, so we're excited to get out there and beat up on someone else," said Oliver.
The Bearcats lacrosse team begins the 2013 season when it travels to Conway, S.C. for a match against Big South opponent Coastal Carolina. This will be the first contest between the Bearcats and Chanticleers (Chants).
THE GAME OF FIRSTS
Friday's contest between the Bearcats and Chants marks a one of firsts for the two teams. In this first contest between UC and CCU, the Bearcats begin their sixth season under first-time head coach Gina Oliver. The Chants are in their inaugural season for lacrosse and begin the year under first-time head coach Jaime Sellers.
Cincinnati will make Sheakley Athletics Complex its new home for the 2013 season. The first three games of the season will be played in Nippert Stadium and then the Bearcats will move to Sheakley for the remainder of the season. Sheakley Athletics Complex has two fields, one 100 yards in length and the other 50 yards. The complex not only offers all sports additional practice space, the 100-yard field transforms into an indoor practice facility from November to late February with an air-supported "bubble" inflated over the field.
The Bearcats return three of the top four scorers from last season in Marissa Pierson (27 goals), Kylie Ramsland (22 goals) and Meg Bell (21 goals). Also returning are Katie Kiriazoglou, who was second on the team in assists last year, and starting goalie Jennifer Walsh, who had 129 saves.
UC welcomes eight freshmen to this year's squad, six of which hail from states other than Ohio: Norweice Anderson (Glen Burnie, Md.), Kyara Byner (Franklin, Tenn.), Courtney Curtis (Mason, Ohio), Sarah Del Bene (Timonium, Md.), Meg Gulmi (Syosset, N.Y.), Holly Lucke (Pasadena, Md.), Kaila Roberts (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Ally Van Sloun (Davidsonville, Md.).
SCOUTING THE CHANTS