RIC Lacrosse Gains Experience for Sophomore Season


Marc Meyers, Sports Information Intern


Coming off their inaugural season, the Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team is getting ready for their second season of competition. Last year, the Anchorwomen finished with an 0-9 mark.

"We’re looking forward to our second year of competition," says Head Coach Matt Coleman, "We have a host of returning players who will lead the team and new players who are excited about the upcoming season."

The Anchorwomen squad returns ten players from last year’s team and Coleman has 15 newcomers out for the 2002 season.

Coleman is excited about adding two experienced goaltenders to this year’s squad after having to train his goalkeeper from scratch last season. "Out of state recruit Lauren Gerde and transfer student Jessica Mangione will defend our goal. Their experience in goal is critical in our improvement this year," Coleman states.

Gerde played for West Islip (NY) High School and Mangione is a transfer from Marymount University who played at Barrington High School.

The Anchorwomen look to improve on a defense that allowed 169 goals last season. "Cara Collins will start again on defense along side of Erica Babat and Amy Pinette, both newcomers who played defense in high school."

Starting in eight games last season, Collins collected 12 ground balls for the Anchorwomen. Babat was the MVP of her team at North Kingstown High School and Pinette played two years on varsity at Middletown (CT) High School.

Coleman returns a trio of talented players who will be able to assist on both sides of the ball. "Kim Allenson, Lauren Dettore and Rachel Pecoraro are returners who are versatile enough to play offensive or defensive positions."

Allenson started in four games last year, picking up three ground balls. Dettore started in six games with six ground balls. Pecoraro was second on the team in scoring with four goals and one assist in six games.

The Anchorwomen await the return of leading scorer Shannon Hughey who is also a member of the gymnastics team. "Shannon is extremely dedicated to both of her teams and is a natural leader.

Starting in all nine games, Hughey tallied five goals and one assist. She also recorded a team-high 24 ground balls and 14 draw controls.

Hughey qualified for the NCGA Championships in gymnastics on bars and floor. The championships will take place at Ithaca College on Mar. 22-23.

Hughey is just one of a slew of two-sport athletes on the Anchorwomen squad. "Danielle Beaudry and Kim Wells are crossover athletes from other RIC sports who bring intensity to the game."

Beaudry is also a member of the volleyball team. Wells decided to focus on lacrosse this year after doubling up last season, also participating in gymnastics. She started in all nine games, grabbing five ground balls and three draw controls.

The Anchorwomen open the season on Mar. 24 when they host the University of New Haven.


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