Season Preview: Women’s Lacrosse

Season Preview: Women’s Lacrosse

After narrowly missing out on its first North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament appearance last season, the Tigers will look to improve upon its program best seven wins and program-high three wins in NCAC play.

The Tigers finished 7-9 overall and 3-5 in the NCAC. They were 4-4 at home, 2-5 away and 1-0 at neutral sites.

They were picked to finish seventh in the 2015 NCAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Denison, who captured the program's second-straight and 10th overall NCAC Tournament title last season, earned six of nine first place votes to top the ranking at 76 points. Wooster (64), Oberlin (58) and Wittenberg (54) followed in the poll, each receiving one first place vote.

Rounding out the poll was Kenyon (53), Allegheny (38), DePauw (30), Ohio Wesleyan (23) and Hiram (9).

DePauw returns two players from last year's All-NCAC selections – All-NCAC Second Team goalie Liz Hawkins and honorable mention Emma Flynn.

As a sophomore, Hawkins saved 164 shots, including 97 in NCAC contests. She led the conference in total saves and her 46.1 save percentage set her in third. She made double-digit saves in nine games, including a season-high 17 saves against Wittenberg.

The freshman attacker Flynn led the Tigers with 39 goals and 42 total points. She added three assists and went 4-of-14 in free position shots.

Flynn paced DePauw with 74 shots and recorded a team-high 40 draw controls. Her six goals against Trine and Illinois Wesleyan were a career-high and also a team-high for the Tigers in 2015.

DePauw outscored opponents 198-192 but were outshot 468-413.

They lost Carey Kunz who was second on the team in goals scored at 29. However, they return seven players who scored double digit goals in 2015 including Flynn (39), Taylor Summers (27), Emilye Denny (21), Nicole Gibson (21), Elizabeth McCracken (15), Abigail Snively (11) and Maryclaire Heldring (10).

The Tigers open play Sunday when they host Carthage at 11 a.m. They then host three home games in March, including the NCAC opener against Oberlin on March 26.