“Start of something great"; 2016 women's lacrosse season previewFebruary 18, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. - In her second year with the program, and first season as the head coach, Kristin Rosato believes that the combination of experience and depth on the women’s lacrosse roster will allow them to have a successful 2016 campaign.
“I am excited for the upcoming season,” Rosato said. “The main thing we have been working on this year has been setting a lacrosse culture and teaching them discipline on and off the field. We have a great group this season and have the potential to take that next step and be competitive in the South Atlantic Conference.”
Brevard returns 12 players from the 2015 unit, a team which recorded Brevard’s first SAC victory in the programs young history. Sophomore Caitlyn Nemeth also made women’s lacrosse history as she became the first player to receive preseason accolades from the conference with second team All-SAC honors.
“Nemeth was a force to be reckoned with as a freshman, “explained Rosato, “and we expect and ever better season in 2016 for her. She has great lacrosse instincts and speed, things which can’t be taught. She has gained more knowledge which she will need this year as she will be facing double and sometimes triple teams when she has the ball.”
Neymeth wrote the BC women’s lacrosse record book last season, setting the single season record for every offensive category. Her 51 goals last season ranked fourth in the conference while her 63 points were the seventh-most.
Helping Nemeth at the attack position is Kat Harrienger, and her sister Livia Harrienger. The Harrienger sisters, both entering their second season, played in every contest last year and combined 16 assists.
“We are changing the offense around this season to spread the ball around and not put everything on her shoulders,” Rosato explained. “[Kat and Liv] Harrienger will be big feeders for us, plus we have Sade Allen at midfield who can make things offensively. We also have Shelby Klotz whose a freshman that I think will be able to play a big role on our team.”
On the defensive end, Rosato is just as confident in her players as key returners will protect a young but experienced goalie.
“This year we have more experience and depth at every position then we did last season,” Rosato went on. “Which will help us out a lot. Like our offense, our defense is solid. Freshman Amber Breedy will make an immediate impact on the defense alongside returners Brittany Fisk and Tempestt Smith. Along with Breedy, Megan Binkley and transfer Victoria Hayes are newcomers who can come off the bench and make crucial plays.”
The defense will be protecting Shelby Arsenault, who enters her second season as Brevard’s primary goalie option. In 2015, Arsenault was second in the conference with 138 saves and third with a 43.4 save percentage.
“Arsenault is a great goalie,” Rosato explained. “She kept us in a lot of games last season. We’ve been working on cutting out mental mistakes and her improvements are very noticeable.”
“I like our schedule this season,” Rosato said. “We open up with road matches as North Greenville and Emmanuel, who we beat last season, which should give us some positive momentum heading into our conference opener versus Tusculum. One game that the girls and I are looking forward to most is Coker. It was a game that we were in at the end and we thought we could have won.”
“This team deserves a good year, “Rosato concluded. “But just because we do doesn’t mean other teams are going to roll over for us. We have a unified unit, everyone gets along and you can see that on the field. They truly believe that we have what it takes to make the conference tournament, and so do I.”
The 2016 season begins on Friday, Feb. 19 when Brevard travels to Tigerville, S.C. to take on North Greenville. Fans will have their first chance of seeing the Tornados at home on Saturday, Mar. 9 when they host Tusculum at 3:00 p.m.