2013 W&L Women's Lacrosse Season Preview

Losing to Mary Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012 was not the ending head coach Brooke O'Brien and her team had been hoping for. With redemption in mind, Washington and Lee can count on the proven talents of returners and a solid group of first-years to make the 25th year of W&L women's lacrosse the best yet.

"Following the disappointment of the short NCAA run last season the team has developed a new will to win and will to work," commented O'Brien. "We have toiled through a difficult off-season as a team and have emerged as a more united and committed group. We are driven to redeem ourselves and are determined to make this season one of our most successful ever."

O'Brien contributes this new will to the upperclassmen, specifically the three captains in senior defender Caroline Kingsbery, junior midfielder Meade Brewster and junior defender Olive Waxter. They will each serve as important figures in guiding the 13 first-year members.

"Our three captains are very different people, but I believe that's what creates the strength of the group," said O'Brien. "They all work extremely hard on the field and are all people who have earned this honor from their teammates."

Kingsbery enters her final season as a three-year letterwinner. Over her career, she started 32 games with 51 appearances and helped the Generals' back third finish in the top 25 in goals-against average in Division III each season.

"CK is one of the toughest people on our team," said O'Brien. "She loves the team, the program and the University and it shows in her play."

A Second Team All-ODAC selection in 2012, Brewster returns as the team's second-leading scorer after recording 31 goals and handing out seven assists. She also collected 33 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers at midfield.

"Meade entered this season fit and ready to go," O'Brien commented. "She is focused on helping the team achieve its goals, and I'm glad her teammates recognize this focus. She has the opportunity to have a very special year."

Waxter started 13 games for the defense last season, and earned Third Team All-ODAC honors after picking up 23 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and seven draw controls.

"Olive has always been a key player despite her many battles through injuries," O'Brien remarked. "I think the respect from her teammates comes from the way she handled those injuries. She's a tough kid and will run through a brick wall for this team."

With confidence in the team's leadership, O'Brien raised the bar on her expectations for this season: Advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to battle for a spot in the Final Four. Although the goal is grand, O'Brien's philosophy on preparation will remain the same.

"Our aim as coaches and as a team is to make practices harder than games," commented O'Brien. "We will approach each game the same way focused on process goals small like eliminating turnovers, shooting well, picking up ground balls and winning draw controls. When we focus on taking care of these details, the outcomes generally go our way."

Practices will be competitive because of the level of talent the Generals return this season. Among the returnees are seven starters and four all-conference selections, along with three of their top five scorers from last year.

The senior class of Kingsbery and attacker Ashley Barnes may be small, but O'Brien recognizes the duo's full potential. As members of three ODAC Championship teams, they bring great experience to the group.

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2013-02-20



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