The Castleton State College women’s lacrosse team is prepared to make its mark in the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance Conference this season. The Castleton lacrosse team concluded the 2008 season with a 10-8 overall record and a number-two seed in the Newla conference tournament. Their hopes of a conference title were dashed, though, in the championship game against top-seeded Bridgewater State College.
“We made great strides from my first year coaching,” said head coach, Tammy Landon.
“Last year was the best season to date for the women’s lacrosse program.”
But Landon is not dwelling on the past.
“This year looks to be exciting,” she said.
The team is loaded with returning players, including six seniors whom Landon calls “definite leaders” of the program.
Among the returning players are DeeDee Schroeder and Marie VanDerKar, two of the three Spartans who made the 2008 All-Conference First Team. The Spartan All-Conference Second Team pick, senior, Nicole Adams, is also returning. Castleton will introduce three freshmen and two transfer students to the program this season, as well.
Landon believes that they will be a great addition to the team.
Soggy, cold weather has kept the lacrosse team in the gym, but preseason scrimmages against both Mt. Holyoke College and Roger Williams University gave the team some playing time on the field.
“I saw a lot of good things [in those games],” Landon said.
Getting to the playoffs is the number one priority for the Spartans. Their close second priority is a win over Bridgewater State.
“Our goal is to close the gap between us and Bridgewater,” said Landon.
A top seed is also on the to-do list for the Spartans, as is a conference title.
“We will compete hard, win games, and we should be successful,” Landon said optimistically. “Last year was the first time we made it to the finals. The next step is to win the finals.”
The Spartans will host their first home game of the season on Friday, March 27, when they take on Green Mountain College.
“We’re anxious and ready and excited,” Landon said.