Season preview: Women’s lacrosse is taking it to the MAC

Sean Grundy, Sports Writer

The Wilkes University Lady Colonels had an exceptional 2015 campaign amounting to the record of 10-5, winning 4 games at home and winning five games on the road.

With a conference record of 2-4, Wilkes was a game away from making the Freedom Conference playoffs. The team started out 8-1 before hitting a mid season skid losing four straight conference games.

Four outstanding Colonels were named to the All-Freedom Conference list. First team ballots are Carley Smith and Madeleine Brownsey, second team Tori Kerr, and Jessica MacConchie received honorable mention.

Smith posted a career high 120 points on 52 goals and 68 assists. Brownsey put up 92 points, scoring 83 goals and dishing out nine assists. Kerr scored 56 goals and also had 66 points and dished out 10 assists. MacConchie scored  13 points dished out one assist and had 14 points. MacConchie also had 49 ground balls on the season.

“Carley Smith was a huge asset to the team and she will be missed, but there is a huge incoming freshman class full of talent to make up for the lose of  Smith,” said senior Emily Ketterman.

With Smith being the only senior last season, the Colonels should have no problem transitioning into the 2016 season with the array of talent that they have picked up in recruitment process. They already have a strong core of seniors and upperclassmen that can lead this team to many  victories. This season the Lady Colonels will be have seven seniors on their roster: Tori Kerr, Melanie Rivera, Katherine Block, Jessica MacConchie, Madeleine Brownsey and Meaghan Skelly.

“We expect nothing less than it make playoffs and to make it back to the MAC,” said senior Melanie Rivera.

The Lady Colonels have just wrapped up their fall season with a record of 2-2. In that time, they played several teams some of which they will see during the season, they played King’s, Misericordia, Kutztown, and Seminary College.

The Lady Colonels did well and competed hard and feels they are ready for the upcoming season.

“The team dynamic is very different than it was last year and in a short amount of the freshman have molded together with the upperclassmen,” said senior Meaghan Skilly. “We have all the tools needed to succeed in the MAC conference.”

The Lady Colonels season opener will be against Cedar Crest College at Cedar Crest  on March 4, and the team’s home opener will be against Houghton College at Ralston Athletic Complex on March 11.