DOVER, Del. - It's 5:30 a.m. and most of Wesley College is fast asleep, but the Wesley Women's Lacrosse team is wide awake and at work. Drass Field has been occupied every week, four days a week, since September where the team has been training to put their best foot forward for the upcoming spring season.
The new structure for team training is just one of the many changes that head coach Jillian Lontz is bringing to the program. Lontz, a Wesley graduate herself, returns to Wesley after starting the program for Division I Delaware State University.
"I am excited to be back home at Wesley. I can say from experience that this program needs commitment, consistency and stability in its leadership and I am looking forward to the opportunity to be that person," said Lontz.
To round out the coaching staff, Lontz has brought in her former player and NCAA ranked Division I goal keeper, Rhian Sellers. She comes to Wesley from Annapolis, Maryland and has been playing lacrosse for the last seven years. Sellers played in high school for Indian Creek Upper School where she was recruited by Lontz for Delaware State University.
She says that Lontz is a good fit for the Wolverines because she is passionate about lacrosse.
"From watching her coach and having her as a coach she has always been determined to make history. She brings determination and dedication to the program here and hopes to lead the lacrosse program in a positive direction," said Sellers, "We are looking to have a great season this year."
Coming off a disappointing 3-12 season, the Wolverines hope to not only do better, but be better, individually and as a team. "We want to be seen as competition, and not just another school," said sophomore defender Taylor Speicher.
The players know they have a lot of work ahead of them and they are excited to reach their potential. Sophomore midfielder Paige Brehm says she already sees a drastic difference in the team from last year. "This season is a lot better and organized. We have learned to communicate better and became a lot closer and love the sport more," said Brehm.
As the Wolverines wrap up their morning practices for the fall, they look forward to the season ahead and remain optimistic. "I feel very confident about this season" says Speicher, "We have so much talent on the team and chemistry. I can't wait to see us execute it."
The women's lacrosse team will continue to work hard on the field and in the classroom to start the season off with a bang. The Wolverines will open their season at home against Hood College Saturday, February 18th at 4 p.m.