Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/24/16
From Press Release
Delaware head coach Kateri Linville announced shortly before the season that senior Abby Wheble (Avon Grove) and junior Coley Ricci (Garnet Valley) were named Blue Hens team captains for the 2016 season.
“Together, Abby and Coley will work with the staff and team to help us play our perfect game in May,” noted Linville, who is in her sixth season as the head coach at her alma mater. “They will also continue to actively support our leadership council and organizational leadership groups.”
Sophomores Becky Gohsler and Megan Santoleri (Archbishop Carroll) join Wheble and Ricci as part of the team’s leadership council while senior Elyse Andrews (Archmere) and Sarah Ashwood compose the organizational leadership group.
“It is a joy to work with such a talented and inspired group of young women each and every day,” Linville stated. “As a staff, we are passionate about investing in the development of our leaders and our team. We can’t wait to kick off our championship journey with this squad.”
Wheble, an elementary education major, started all 18 games last season and was a key component of a Delaware defense that ranked fourth nationally by allowing 7.0 goals per game. She is a National College Athlete Honor Society member and CAA Academic Honor Roll selection that has also served as a member of the program’s leadership counsel for three seasons.
“Abby cherishes the opportunity to play the game she loves with the people she loves daily,” exclaimed Linville. “She truly embraces the championship vision. Her contagious beliefs and positivity paired with an outstanding work rate and resiliency has helped her lead our program to new milestones each year. I am confident that Abby, as a captain, will keep us focused on our preparation and process so that we can make our dreams our reality.”
A two-time letterwinner for the Blue Hens and also an elementary education major, Ricci is known for her ability to collect groundballs and draw controls. Recruited as a defender, she has developed into a true midfielder.
“Driven by a quiet confidence and team-first mentality, Coley was once a leader by example but has now become the voice and synergy in our midfield unit,” commented Linville. “Coley’s work ethic, technical skills, game intelligence and selfless leadership are unparalleled. After being a member of our leadership council, Coley is surrounded and supported by a very driven junior class that is very passionate about competing at the highest level. As a captain, Coley is equipped and inspired to lead.”
Gohsler, a communications major, was a CAA All-Rookie Team honoree last season who finished second on the team with 26 draw controls. She returns to the leadership counsel for the second year.
“Becky’s consistency and optimism drive her beliefs and expectations for our program,” said Linville. “She brings a quiet confidence to our locker room and game day sideline.”
A fashion merchandising major, Santoleri appeared in three games as a letterwinner during her rookie campaign.
“Meg has demonstrated a willingness to train outside of her comfort zone and is a courageous leader and caring teammate,” Linville mentioned. “A determined spirit, Meg is respected for her commitment to continual improvement. She cares a lot about our program’s success, but more importantly, she cares a lot about the people in our program. Meg has a big heart and powerful voice, which she uses to help our team be their best every day.”
Andrews and Ashwood make up the team’s organizational leadership group, which strives to maintain the team’s commitment to excellence on and off the playing field. Additionally, the duo serves as team representatives on the Delaware Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Andrews, an exercise science major, is a two-time Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award finalist and earned the IWLCA Community Service Award last season. She is also the SAAC Vice President and serves as the UDance Team Liaisons Director. Andrews was recently accepted into Jefferson Medical School.
“Elyse has modeled the way for our team,” Linville said. “Her work ethic on the field, in the classroom and community is amazing. Elyse has helped us attain new standards of academic success and servant leadership in the community. Her authentic personality and outstanding leadership skills have made an immediate and lasting impact in our team’s commitment to work hard for each other on and off the field.”
A nursing major, Ashwood lettered during her first season with the Blue Hens in 2015.
“Thoughtful and caring, Sarah sets high standards for herself and her teammates and is compassionate and supportive in everyone’s pursuit of excellence,” cited Linville. “While she is often considered a quiet leader, her ideas and voice are impactful.”