DOVER, Del – The Wesley College women's lacrosse team welcomes alumna Jillian Lontz as the new head coach as the Wolverines embark on the 2016-17 season.
Lontz has much experience for the game. Lontz served four seasons as Delaware State's first-ever head coach and built the program from the beginning. But, Coach Lontz is looking forward to building the Wolverines and embarking on the 2017 season.
"The team's goal is improving their record in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) from last year and making this season and many more seasons to come count," Coach Lontz stated. "As the first game is getting closer, the girls' intensity at practice has heightened and the players are all hungry for redemption. We have to prepare for every game like it is a championship."
Lontz has brought a new mentality to the team for the upcoming season. "These girls work extremely hard and they each have high expectations for each other's on-field effort," Says Lontz. "This team has a positive, inclusive and encouraging environment. Nothing is a put down or said in a way that could be taken wrong, it's always from a supportive place. They all want each other to be the best they can be for the big picture."
Helping Lontz shape the Wolverines for the future is a trio of sophomores that will lead the team in the upcoming season. Midfielder Bailey Olds led the Wolverines in 2016 with 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists). Attacker Fallon Fore and midfielder Brianna Bacon will also look to improve on their freshman campaigns in which they both tallied 13 goals a season ago.
Senior Kaitlin Brennan returns to the fold in 2017 after notching 22 goals and 28 points in 2015.
Defensively, the Wolverines will be paced by junior Alexis Galloway. Galloway tied for the team lead in caused turnovers in 2016 with 18.
The Wolverine women's lacrosse team will open the 2017 season on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. when they host the Hood Blazers at Drass Field at Scott D. Miller Stadium.