2001 Preview

Saints Shoot for Southern Bid

Gaffney, SC – The Limestone College Women’s Lacrosse team is setting its sights on one of the four bids to the inaugural NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Tournament to be held this May. With nine starters returning from last year’s 7-5 squad, the dream may actually become reality.

Although the Saints have one of the most talented freshman classes in program history, they will rely a great deal on the three returning All-Americans from last year for leadership and guidance. Seniors Dawn Smith (Baldwinsville, NY) and Stephanie Meyer (Hanover, MD) along with junior Angie Meyer (Hanover, MD), all of which received All-American honors in 2000, will be key factors in how the 2001 team fares.

Senior Jody Kennedy (Ajax, ONT), who is currently tied for third in all-time scoring for Limestone will lead the attack this year. Last year Kennedy scored 23 goals and recorded six assists placing her second on the team in scoring. The Saints will need her to step during her final year and lead the younger crew of attackers including Becky Buppert (Westminster, MD) and Kathy Campbell (Centreville, MD). In the midfield, the Saints look to be strong as they return Angie Meyer and Smith along with sophomore Stephanie Allen (Columbus, OH) and junior Crystal Ford (Vero Beach, FL). The defense looks to be solid as fellow seniors Kathy Martens (Glen Burnie, MD Burnie) and Vicky Perkins (Manlius, NY) join Stephanie Meyer. Last year Perkins recorded a .600 save percentage while making 111 saves in the net.

The “new kids on the block” will have to mature quickly to fill the holes remaining, but with the experience they bring they should be ready for the challenge. Michelle Lare (Annapolis, MD) a Broadneck High School graduate, who captained her team to the county finals in 2000 leads this year’s rookie class. St. Mary’s graduate Pam Gateau (Annapolis, MD) who should provide some great skill to the attack and will fight for a starting role will join Lare. Transferring from Anne Arundel Community College, Meghan Dennehy (Gambrills, MD) will add even more speed to a potent midfield.

The Saints open their schedule on February 28th against Mercyhurst College and start their home games on March 10th as they host Stonehill College. Although the road to the NCAA Tournament will be tough in 2001, the Saints hope that with a little hard work and determination, they will be one of the four teams playing May 12th.