Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/12/17
From Press Release
Seniors Amanda Case (Haverford High), Charlotte Rath (Archmere Academy) and Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Spring-Ford) were voted as the captains of the 2017 Lafayette women’s lacrosse team, the program announced on Wednesday afternoon.
“The team has chosen three terrific representatives to act as their captains for the upcoming season,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “Amanda, Charlotte and Kirsten have all exemplified the core values of our program throughout their careers as student-athletes here at Lafayette. They each have a unique leadership style which allows them to impact their teammates in different ways, but collectively, they have earned the respect and confidence of their peers and coaches, and are excellent choices for this leadership position.”
Case enters her second straight year as a captain for the Leopards and is an offensive-minded midfielder, scoring 14 goals in 12 games played, good enough for fifth on the team in scoring a year ago. She missed five games due to injury in her junior season, but still managed to pick up 14 ground balls and 21 draw controls, while causing 11 turnovers on the year.
Rath has been the engine for the Maroon and White throughout her career, earning All-Patriot League Second Team honors in her sophomore season. The Greenville, Del. native started all 17 games a year ago, leading the team with 35 ground balls. She recorded five goals and two assists last season, scoring a pair in wins over Binghamton and Iona.
The final captain has shown the ability to take over a game as Wilhelmsen became just the fifth player since 1980 to score more than 50 goals in a single season last spring, registering 53 markers. She posted her 100th career goal in a win over Iona and was named to both the All-Patriot League First Team and Academic All-Patriot League team following the season.
Wilhelmsen recorded at least one goal in all 17 games for the Maroon and White, including two or more in all but two games. She led the Patriot League in scoring at 3.12 goals per game, a stat good enough for 13th in the national rankings.
Along with the three captains, Fisher also named eight players to the team’s Leadership Council. The council will be made up of seniors Maggie Carver and Ashley Tedesco, juniors Dana Smith and Anna Raymond, sophomore Amelia Heisler and freshmen Bella Alampi, Ashley Ender and Ally Hickey.
“There are strong leaders in each class and the Leadership Council gives team members of all ages and experience levels the opportunity to serve in a leadership role,” Fisher added. “These young women will complement our captains and help them to reinforce our standards and expectations for the season.”
The Leopards’ 2017 season gets underway on Feb. 12. Lafayette opens its 2017 campaign at home, hosting Longwood at 1 p.m.