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The Hollins University lacrosse team this season featured a young squad that faced the challenge of replacing their leaders on both offense and defense. While the offense sought consistency, the defense grew and improved in the ultra-competitive ODAC.
Keeper Maddie Horton '14 did her best to keep Hollins in games throughout the season and posted 99 saves, ninth in the ODAC. Rikki Martinez '16 led the team in goals scored, shots on goal, and draw controls. Her 24 ground balls placed her third on the team behind Horton and Christina Havrila '17. Co-captains Jessie Deese '15 and Meg O'Brien '15 also ranked among the team leaders in most offensive and defensive categories.
Almost all of Hollins’ starters are set to return for the 2015 campaign. Head coach Danielle O'Leary, who this season completed her first full year on the Hollins campus, looks to add some much-needed offensive punch with the incoming first-year class and improve upon the team’s lone victory in 2014.
tThe 2014 Hollins lacrosse team will enter the season short on numbers but long on experience. Coach Danielle O'Leary will start her second season at Hollins by returning four of her top five goal scorers from a season ago. However, the team will be looking to replace a goal keeper that ranked among the ODAC’s top three in saves over the past two seasons.
Set to return is Chanci Wright '14, the team’s leading scorer and defender. Wright scored ten goals last season after being moved to the midfield following a stellar 2012 season in which she earned a national ranking in caused turnovers. Meg O'Brien '15 is back as the team's second leading scorer and leader in assists in 2013. Brandi Chesne '14 and Jessie Deese '15 will also return to provide Hollins with some offensive punch after each gained goal scoring experience last season.
Hollins will have to find a replacement in net for Corrine Nicholson '14. In the past two campaigns, Nicholson had protected the Hollins net in 27 of 28 games while recording 256 saves during that time, third most in the ODAC over the past two seasons.
Hollins will play a grueling ODAC schedule this year that begins with hosting ODAC Preseason Poll leader Washington and Lee and perennial power Lynchburg College.