2017 Women’s Lacrosse Season Recap

2017 Women’s Lacrosse Season Recap
By Nick Porter

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's lacrosse team suffered some difficult injuries and setbacks this season, but was able to record a trio of victories in the program's fourth year.

"Despite some difficult events this year, our team had a very successful season," third-year head coach Nancy Webber said. "We had some nice wins on the scoreboard and huge improvements on the field. The team excelled in many ways."

The first win of the year came on the road at Hollins University. The Knights were able to top the Hollins 18-9 before defending their home field with a 17-6 win over Montreat. The final win came on March 21 as Southern Virginia topped Randolph 12-9.

Offensively the Knights were led by seniors Zoe Bradshaw (Stevensville, Mont.) and Claire Houghtaling (Peachtree City, Ga.), who combined for 68 goals and 14 assists. Bradshaw recorded 43 goals for the second year in a row, fifth best in the Capital Athletic Conference and led the Knights in ground balls and draw controls.

Other offensive contributors were Lauren Thatcher with 11 goals, and Madeleine DuPaix (Pleasant Grove, Utah) and Majkaleah Knowles (Owings, Md.) with eight goals apiece.

The Knights lose seniors Bradshaw and Houghtaling, as well as Emily Winslow (Buena Vista, Va.), Ashley Lessing (San Jose, Calif.), and Kafia Abdullahi (Woodbridge, Va.).

Freshmen Keilani Torres-Lopez (Lake Nona, Fla.) and Madilyn Krauss (Bakersfield, Calif.) split time in goal, each picking up a win. Torres-Lopez picked up her second win of the season against Montreat, and recorded 70 saves this year.

Sophomore Rachel Thomas (Narragansett, R.I.) was an impact player in the midfield, recording five assists while winning 22 draws and picking up 30 ground balls. Winslow also recorded 30 ground balls and 19 draws.

Freshman Sydney Winterton (Charlottesville, Va.) scored a pair of goals in the Knights' third game of the season, before suffering a season-ending injury.

Last year's leading goal scorer, Rainey Whitworth, joined the coaching staff this season, making an impact off the field.

"I'm very proud of the growth and development of each and every player," Webber concluded. "I'm also incredible proud of the effort and sacrifices that this team made."