Another year older
WESTMINSTER, Md. – The 2011 McDaniel women's lacrosse season was – by most definitions – a year of rebuilding. However, as has been said more than once before, the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores.
With a freshman keeper in net about 85 percent of the time last year, head coach Muffie Bliss knows that the experienced gain by Aimee Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) and Kate Goldstein (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) will only help the squad in 2012.
The Green Terror will also return a key member of its defensive unit in Steph Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's), who was All-Centennial Conference (CC) and all-region selection as a sophomore in 2010, to lead the defensive unit. Nichols had 14 caused turnovers and 44 ground balls last season.
Bliss also hopes that a more cohesive offensive unit will help an attack that was last in the CC in 2011 in goals per game. Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney), a junior captain, will lead the midfield as a returning All-CC selection.
Messersmith was second on the team with 24 goals and also added a team-best 55 draw controls to go with 30 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) returns as a senior captain after netting 16 goals and adding seven assists a season ago. She also had 29 ground balls, 21 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers.
The continued growth and emergence of sophomores Mary Tokolish (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), Lauren McCadden (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Danielle DeColli (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) will also be key to the success in the attacking end.
Click play below to watch and listen to Coach Bliss preview the upcoming season.
2012 Women's Lacrosse Season Preview