Campbell Lacrosse Preseason Outlook for 2014

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - After posting a 6-7 record in its inaugural year, Campbell is gearing up for its second season with a new coaching staff, a larger roster, and a new game plan.

First-year head coach Dawn Easley and her staff have only had a month to practice and prepare for the Fighting Camels' 2014 campaign. Easley, along with assistants Jessie Moulton and Ashley Bruns, are all in their first year with the program, and are adjusting to their roles with the new team.

"The season has come along really well and really fast," Easley said. "Ashely has been wonderful in teaching us what the girls have done in the last semester. One of the things I've been looking for in Ashley is that she played for one of the nation's most successful first year teams [at Florida] and asking her is what made her experience so special that she can bring here. Jessie is a wonderful recruiter. That's one of the reasons I brought her. She's a great teacher and I wouldn't expect anyone else to be on my staff."

Easley has already implemented a new playing style and has been focusing on fundamentals in the month-long preseason.

"It's going to be more up tempo than it was last year," Easley continued. "It will be faster paced because we have more players and more depth in the roster. I think we'll start seeing some of the freshmen that we knew were good last year starting to step out of their comfort zone and take on the role of leading the team."

Campbell returns four seniors and a sophomore class of eight, and welcomes 12 newcomers to Buies Creek.

Seniors Taelar Errington, Cloey Henchcliffe, and Brittany Kincer will lead the team as captains for the second year.

"I asked them, 'what is going to be your legacy?'" Easley said of the captains. "They're the first class to graduate as four-year lacrosse players. What is going to be remembered of them in the years to come?"

The three captains are joined by classmate Lauren Frick, who scored the first goal in Campbell lacrosse history, completing the senior class.

"The seniors have done a good job of taking on the role of being helpful to the underclassmen," commented Easley. "I've seen a lot of leadership develop in the last couple of weeks in the sophomores because they've realized that they need each other to be successful."

Those eight sophomores have a year of collegiate experience under their belts, and that will be crucial to the success of the team. The coaching staff and team, which has almost doubled in size since last year, have only had a month to practice and prepare for their season opener against No. 12 Navy on Friday.

"The girls have been incredibly coachable," Easley said. "We've taught them a lot of new concepts and implemented a lot of new things in the preseason and it's coming together."

Last season, Henchcliffe was named Big South first team all-conference, while Errington was placed on the league's all-academic team. Rounding out the trio of CU all-conference honorees is sophomore Loren Day, who was named second team all-conference.

Easley will be looking to that trio for leadership and a push on the attacking end of the field.

"I'm going to be looking for them to recognize what their strengths are on the offensive end," said Easley. "People are going to know who they are. They're going to have to step up when problems arise and make others look good."

Campbell's new-look attack will be led by Day and classmate Erica Hitch. Last year, the two combined for 68 of CU's 144 goals, and were the top scorers on the team. Day also led the team with 13 assists and 27 draw controls on the season.

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