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Delaware names women’s co-captains, including Aker (Great Valley), D’Antonio (Moorestown), Dambly (Notre Dame)

Sunday, 27th October 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 10/27/19
From Press Release

Delaware women’s lacrosse head coach Amy Altig recently announced the appointment of four student-athletes as team captains for the 2019-20 season.

Seniors Stephanie Aker (Great Valley), Claire D’Antonio (Moorestown), Julia Dambly (Academy of Notre Dame), Mia DeRuggiero and Kelsea Konz were voted on as captains by their teammates.

“This leadership group is very special because each of them brings something different to the table,” remarked Altig, who is in her first season with the Blue Hens. “We have vocal leaders, leaders by example, community and academic leaders which serve as an overall holistic approach covering all facets of our program. Steph, Claire, Julia, Mia and Kelsea, along with their senior class, bring incredibly positive energy into our team on a daily basis. They push each other and their teammates to bring their best day in and day out. Our staff is extremely lucky to have this senior class leading the way for this current team and the future of our program. They are all driven, hard-working and passionate members of our family and thanks to their genuine bond as a class we will be successful for years to come. We view the entire senior class as our leadership group thanks in part to their ability to inspire their teammates and lead by example.”

A two-time letter winner after transferring to Delaware following her freshman season, Aker was named the 2019 Team Most Improved Player. She saw time in all 17 games while starting 14 as a junior.

“Steph is a great captain because she always puts the team first in everything she does,” Altig stated. “Her passion for our program, dedication to the team and willingness to do whatever is needed makes her a great leader. She is very inclusive and does a great job of encouraging her teammates.”

D’Antonio, a three-time letter winner for UD, started all 17 games last season while recording 25 points on 20 goals and five assists.

“Claire is an incredible addition to our captain group because of her drive to go above and beyond for our team,” Altig said. “She works hard to be the best version of herself on and off the field. Claire’s grit and determination have become contagious and we appreciate her setting a great example for her teammates.”

Despite missing 2018 with an ACL injury, Dambly was an All-CAA selection and started all 17 games in 2019 as a junior. She has also served as a team SAAC representative and liaison for the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation.

“Julia is a great captain because of her willingness to go above and beyond for the betterment of our program,” commented Altig. “She works hard in all facets of her life as a student-athlete, a leader in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Julia’s work with SAAC and the B+ Foundation set her apart and inspire her teammates to get involved.”

A perennial All-CAA honoree, DeRuggiero broke Delaware’s 35-year-old school record for single-season assists (53) a year ago and has played in every game during her career. She is the team’s active career leader with 131 points and 97 assists and holds three of the top four spots in UD single-game history for assists.

“Mia is a great captain because she is always going the extra mile to improve her play,” Altig noted. “She works tirelessly behind the scenes when no one else is watching to make sure she is the best out there. Not only does she lead in the stats category, she is also a great leader by example and a passionate team player.”

Konz, a three-time letter winner for the Blue Hens, is a CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection as a marketing major.

“Kelsea is a great captain because of her ability to command the group through her voice,” said Altig. “She is the vocal leader who communicates effectively with her teammates and our staff. She is confident, well respected, and a powerful motivator.”

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