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The 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.
After posting a 4-12 record last year, their best in several years, and falling just one victory short of qualifying for the ODAC tournament, the Hollins University lacrosse team entered the 2012 season with high hopes. Hollins sought to complement an improved defense with a stronger offensive effort in order to continue the rebuilding process. Despite finishing with a 1-14 record in 2012, the team boasted several outstanding individual performances.
Erica LaWall '12 helped fill the void left when the team lost its two leading scorers from the previous season, leading Hollins with 18 goals. Last season’s goalkeeper Jacqui Sommerman '13 turned in her gear for a field position and was second on the team with eight goals.
On the defensive side, goalkeeper Corinne Nicholson '14 made 124 saves, fifth-best in the ODAC. Chanci Wright '14, playing lacrosse for the first time, ranked third in the ODAC with 50 ground balls while leading the conference with 43 caused turnovers. She finished the season ranked second in the nation in caused turnovers with 2.87 per game.
Most of Hollins' defensive players will be returning next season, and with further progress on the offensive side, the team can contend for a slot in the ODAC tournament.