Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/5/11
From Press Releases
Bucknell women’s lacrosse coach Caline McHenry has announced that seniors Ashley St. John (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), Julia Braun (Tomkins Cove, N.Y./North Rockland) and Alyssa DeLorenz (Garland, Texas/Plano East) have been elected team captains for the 2011 season.
“The best quality about these seniors is that they are selfless,” said McHenry. “They constantly think about others first, and they take great pride when their teammates succeed. That kind of leadership is key, especially with the young team that we are going to have this season.
“Julia, Alyssa and Ashley are all outstanding players in their own right, and each brings a little something different to the table.”
St. John has been a starter on defense in each of her first three seasons at Bucknell, and she is a projected starter once again in 2011. She is annually one of the team leaders in ground balls and caused turnovers, and this season she will be the veteran leader on a young defensive unit.
“Ashley is a very vocal leader and has been great guiding our younger defenders,” said McHenry. “She is always very positive and encourages her teammates. She is a very good player in her own right and is going to be key for us this year.”
Braun will be in her second season as a team captain. She is coming off her second straight All-Patriot League campaign in which she led the Bison in virtually every statistical category. Braun finished 2010 as the team leader in goals (37), assists (10), points (47), ground balls (34), draw controls (48) and caused turnovers (22). She was one of only two players in the nation last year to lead her team in each of those six categories, joining Hofstra’s Corrine Gandolfi.
DeLorenz has played all but 34 minutes in goal over the last three seasons, including every second in the cage in both 2008 and 2010. As a sophomore she was named Patriot League Goalie of the Year and was a First Team All-Patriot League selection.
DeLorenz enters her senior season ranked sixth on Bucknell’s career saves list with 484.
In addition to the captains, senior Christina Garman (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas), sophomore Adrienne Wendling (Bethesda, Md./Bullis School) and freshmen Kerri Althouse (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) and Sophie Kleinert (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy) have been named Team Council members.
The Bison are rebuilding after a 2-15 season a year ago, and this spring they will feature a roster with 14 freshmen. The season opener is Feb. 13 at home against St. Bonaventure at 12 p.m.