Oberlin Lacrosse Starts 2012 with a New Regime

Oberlin, Ohio - As the weather starts to turn, and spring is quickly approaching, Oberlin is preparing for their 2012 campaign. First-year head coach Jacqueline McDevitt will take the reigns of the program after being hired midway through Oberlin's fall semester.

Although McDevitthas not been able to see her new team in action, after extensive research, she has been able to compile an idea of what NCAC women's lacrosse is all about. The Yeowomen are coming off a 4-9 season, where they were able to score a total of 127 goals.

McDevitt and first-year assistant Nicole Flego are happy with the athletic ability of their team. They have bulked up their roster with nine fall sport athletes, and will rely on their athletic creativity to get them through their transition phase. They will bring a new style of play to Oberlin as they re-shape the program. The coaching staff has named a captain from every class, in order to help lead the team during their first year.

The Yeowomen lose their leading goal scorer from last year in Grace Amber as she has chosen to study abroad during the spring semester. They do bring back junior Molly Bloom who was second on the team last year with 31 goals, and tied for a team high six assists. The two-time All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection was second on the team behind Amber with 37 points. She was also able to pick up 17 ground balls on the year. Ilyssa Meyer was third on the team with 29 goals and added six assists as well. The 2011 All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection finished with 35 total points, good for third on the team. She scooped up 14 ground balls for the Yeowomen as well.

Senior Captian Alice Zicht comes back as a three-year starter for the Yeowomen. Last year she scored 17 goals and had two helpers. She also was fifth on the team with 23 ground balls. Sophomore captain Phoebe Hammer is ready for a breakout season after a freshman year where she scored seven goals and added an assist. Fellow Sophomore Simone Brodner will look to add depth to the experienced attack for the Yeowomen. She played in eight games last year and started two.

The Yeowomen midfield brings a mixture of experience and athletic ability into the 2012 campaign. The midfielders are led by captain junior Madeleine O'Meara who spent much of her time in the goal for the Yeowomen last year. However, when she played the field she was able to pick 28 ground balls, which was good for second best on the team. Sophomore two-sport athletes Sarah Andrews and Sarah Orbuch return for Oberlin after both starting all 13 games as freshmen. Andrews had two goals, two assists, and added 24 ground balls. Orbuch had one goal and picked up 12 grounders as well.

Christina Perez-Tineo returns for the Yeowomen after playing in all 13 games last year and scoring a goal. Seung Yun Jee returns as well after playing in all 13 games and starting nine for Oberlin during her sophomore year. Freshman captain Kate Hanick will play both midfield and defense for Oberlin, after a strong freshman year on the soccer team. Also joining the Yeowomen midfield will be freshman standout field hockey player Jody Helsel.

Field Hockey standout Hannah Christiansen headlines the defense this year after starting 12 games last year. She led the team with 32 ground balls during her 2011 rookie season. Soccer players Rachel Bandeira and Kate Frost both add athleticism and depth to the defense. Freshman Heewon Kwon will also look to get some time for the Yeowomen.

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