Field Hockey Names Tri-Captains for 2017 Season
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette field hockey program, under the direction of head coach Jennifer Stone, announced its captains for the upcoming season on Wednesday morning as seniors Ellen Colbourne and Cody Hunsicker, and junior Rachel Bird will lead the team this fall.
The Leopards will look to bounce back from 8-10 campaign a year ago that saw Lafayette go 3-3 in conference play and narrowly miss the Patriot League Tournament. The highlight of the 2016 season, however, was the Maroon and White’s dramatic penalty-strokes win over No. 9 Boston U. on Sept. 23, a memory the captains will look to for confidence heading into the 2017 campaign.
“The strength of our leaders and leadership group is a pillar of our program, and critical to our potential and ability as a team. This fall, Ellen, Cody and Rachel will serve as captains and will lead the team with the support of the leadership group,” Stone said. “All three are integral personalities, competitors, advocates and teammates in our program and the athletic department as a whole. They represent the team in various ways across campus, and are excellent stewards for the program throughout the community. I’m looking forward to the season ahead and the mark they make.”
Colbourne has been a staple in the Lafayette midfield since arriving on College Hill as a freshman, starting every game for the Maroon and White over the past three seasons. A year ago, she tallied her lone goal in a 4-0 win over Colgate and was second on the team in assists with four, including setting up the game-winning goal in overtime at Quinnipiac.
Hunsicker has worked her way into the fold on the defensive side of the field, starting every game in the backfield for the Leopards during her sophomore and junior seasons after playing in just four games her freshman year. She saved the Leopards on a number of occasions in 2016, recording a defensive save against Hofstra and two defensive stops in an overtime affair with No. 20 American.
Finally, Bird joins the captaincy as a junior after starting all 17 games in her sophomore season. She was a key contributor on a Leopards’ defense that posted a pair of shutouts in 2016 and allowed one or fewer goals on six different occasions.
Lafayette is just over three weeks away from action, with the opener set for Aug. 25 at Rappolt Field, welcoming Hofstra at 7 p.m.