2009 Davenport University Women's Lacrosse Preview

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Coming off a season in which they finished 7-4-1 and qualified for the regional tournament, the optimism is high surrounding the 2009 women's lacrosse team. Head Coach Stacy Faulkner will be joined by first year assistant Hanna Hoovestol on the sideline as they take a year of experience under the belt into action against some of the top teams in the region.

Experienced Returners

After beginning last season with only a handful of young women who had ever picked up a lacrosse stick, the Panthers return with a wealth of experience in their second year. Leading the way for Davenport will be goalkeeper Shaye Bradley (Cascade, MI). Bradley played all 12 games in goal last season and finished with a 5.71 goals against average. Returning in front of Shaye to help stop the opponent attack will be Helena Stieg (Reed City, MI), Jordan Sinclair (Clarkston, MI) and Lisa Brown (Greenville, MI).

Helping make the transition smooth from defense to offense will be midfield attackers Kendra Stieg (Reed City, MI) and Lydia Bedford (Jenison, MI). Both sophomores gained valuable experience last year and will be looked at to continue their improvement throughout the 2009 campaign.

Solid Core of Newcomers

Having a full year to recruit for the 2009 season, Faulkner was able to bring in a solid group of seven student athletes. Leading the way on offense for the incoming class will be attackers Jessica Talcott (Cascade, MI) and Brittanie Bond (Rockford, MI). Both players played significant roles on their high school teams and will bring an addition of speed and stick-handling to the team this season.

Valerie Carr (Holt, MI) and Kelly Prince (McBain, MI) also will be essential to the growth of this year's young team. Both players are very versatile and Faulkner thinks each will add a different dimension in helping this team be successful.

Schedule Outlook

After traveling for much of their season in their inaugural campaign, the Panthers now have a brand new place to call home as Davenport recently built a state of the art Turf Field on their main campus in Grand Rapids, MI. DU will host their first ever Play Day on March 14-15 and will also welcome Albion College, Hope College and Michigan Tech during the 2009 season. The Panthers will hit the road for the opening of their season as they play at Ohio University, Vanderbilt, Mt. Saint Joseph and Kentucky before returning to Grand Rapids to take on arch rival Grand Valley State in Allendale. The schedule is a step up from last season's and will definitely test a squad that features all sophomores and freshman.


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