DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College women's lacrosse team looks for a fresh start in the 2019 season as they enter the newly formed Atlantic East Conference.
"We're looking to be extremely competitive in the Atlantic East and we're excited about the new competition," stated Jillian Lontz who enters her third year as the women's lacrosse head coach.
In the two years under Coach Lontz, Wesley has had great success playing in non-conference play. Wesley has started both years 5-0 and totaled a 10-4 record in the games out-of-conference.
"We want to embrace the opportunities that we are given but still maintain that level of competitiveness out of conference. We want to be undefeated by the time we hit the Atlantic East schedule."
Wesley will be counting on the leadership of its four seniors Fallon Fore, Taylor Speicher, Paige Brehm and Brianna Bacon. "All four of them are natural leaders. They show up every day ready to compete. They are looking forward to making the most out of their senior season."
Fore returns after having the best year of her career during her junior year in 2018. Fore tied for fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference in goals (48). Fore also led the team in points (61) and draw controls (53). Last season, Fore became the fifth player in program history to score 100 goals in a career.
Speicher returns as the defensive leader for the Wolverines. She tallied 29 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers in the defensive half of the field.
Bacon and Brehm lead the midfield for the Wolverines. Brehm looks to continue the momentum of last year where she led the team in ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (29) along with 45 points, 43 draw controls and 33 goals. Bacon comes back looking to be a dual-threat for the team as a player who can assist the defense as well as put points on the board. Bacon recorded 34 points, 27 goals, 18 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers a season ago.
Along with several newcomers to the team, returning to the team is junior Kathleen Martin and sophomore Sarah Fryer both of whom will be looking to make an impact this season. Martin netted nine points on five assists and four goals last season while Fryer put away her first collegiate goal against Centenary on March 13, 2018.
Wesley will open their 2019 season with a three-game road trip starting with the Lancaster Bible Chargers on Saturday, Mar. 2. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start.