Centre’s first lacrosse teams debut at home
It’s been nearly two years since Centre College announced the addition of lacrosse to its roster of intercollegiate athletics, and now the wait is over. This weekend, the first men’s and women’s lacrosse teams took the field, and the Centre community cheered on as both teams defeated their opponents.
“We have an outstanding group of young men,” says men’s head coach Bert Severns, “and they’re very excited about the challenge of starting a men’s lacrosse program here at Centre College.”
Severns adds that he’s confident that throughout the season “we’ll continue the excellent tradition enjoyed by Centre’s athletic teams, and we believe we’ll represent the College well in the competitive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.”
Severns is leading 23 men on his first Centre lacrosse team, which is supported by two managers, two trainers and two coaches.
To prepare for the lacrosse season, the men’s team began practicing at the beginning of CentreTerm and resumed practice on Feb. 1 after the College’s winter break. Since then, the team practiced six days a week in preparation for the opening game, in which the Colonels defeated Hanover College 18-1.
As the College’s first lacrosse teams, the men and women making up the inaugural squads have many challenges ahead.
“I think the greatest challenge we have is to acclimate our athletes to playing college lacrosse,” Severns says. “Just like the challenge we have academically going from high school to college, we have a very similar challenge. Couple that challenge with a team that is 90 percent freshmen and playing other institutions who have had established programs means our young men have to play at a much higher level in their first year of college lacrosse.”
Despite these obstacles, however, the coaches are optimistic about the season. “We’re very fortunate to have tremendous support from the College’s administration and especially our outstanding athletic department to provide us the opportunity to be as successful as we possibly can be in our first year of the sport at Centre,” Severns says.
Making up the men’s lacrosse team are Scott Hughes ’13, Connor Stubbs ’14, Zack Connors ’14, Patrick Evans ’14, Dougie Hilliard ’13, Jared Feuerstein ’12, Jay Reed ’14, John Cofer ’14, Charlie Ambrose ’14, Patrick Vaughn ’14, Ryan Curry ’11, Andrew Holmgren ’14, Corey Krill ’14, Will Richardson ’14, Clayton Brown ’14, Neil Borgman ’14, Charles Edwards ’14, Will Elpers ’14, Eric Gilligan ’14, Hunter Burkey ’11 and Harry Meisner ’14.
The Centre women’s lacrosse team had a 17-4 win over conference opponent Millsaps College on Sunday, March 6, at home; they are now 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Women’s head coach Julie Beer says, “We’re taking it one game at a time and looking to learn what we can from our mistakes and from our successes. At this point, that’s the only variable I’m sure of. We do have a drive to win, and we intend to get better after each game. This team has the intelligence and the willingness to take us far.”
Making up the women’s team are Meg Hawthorne ’14, Maddie Baker ’13, Danielle Ryan ’13, MaryKate Mahoney ’11, Maddie Cristofoli ’13, Markie Dohrenwend ’13, Emily Mills ’13, Annie Jonakin ’13, Claiborne Willis ’14, Kaitlyn Lee ’13, Frances Fisher ’14, Shelby Hilliard ’12, Sarah Mastey ’14, Katy Cremer ’14, Sarah Hardman ’13, Meg Foley ’14, Melissa Springer ’12, Lauren Esterle ’14 and Mary Friel ’14.