Four to Lead Women’s Soccer in 2018
EASTON, Pa. – Head coach Mick Statham of the Lafayette women’s soccer team announced the selection of four captains for the upcoming season on Thursday afternoon. Seniors Katie Brannigan, Lauren Johnson, Gabrielle Martone and Alex Stanford will lead the program this fall.
Brannigan begins her fourth year starting at the midfield position. As a junior, Brannigan started in 15 games for the Maroon and White, scoring three goals on 16 shots, with both marks ranking second on the team. She finished her junior campaign with nine points, placing her among the top ten in the Patriot League.
“Katie is a unique talent and is always very positive,” Statham said. “Her outlook is always great for the team because she’s an optimist. Her ability and technique allow her to influence games which, combined with her work rate, makes her very special.”
Johnson commences her fourth season as part of a Leopards’ defensive unit that produced two shutout victories last season. In her junior campaign, Johnson started 15 games for the Maroon and White, recording one assist in a 3-1 victory over American.
“Lauren is a top player whose ability is without doubt,” Statham expressed. “Her disposition on and off the field gives us the bedrock of our culture. She competes hard and wants to win, but has a wonderful sense of humor and a warm heart. She symbolizes everything great about being a Leopard.”
Martone enters her second year in captaincy of the program, and has been a familiar face for the Leopards, starting 45 games in her first three seasons. This past fall, Martone shared the team lead in assists (3) and earned Third-Team All-Patriot League laurels.
“She is a phenomenal player and is highly respected by her teammates and our coaching staff,” Statham stated about his veteran midfielder. “She’s always been 100% invested and has set high standards for herself and the group. She’s an amazing young women that has taken our program to a new level.”
Stanford is the final student-athlete set to lead the Maroon and White this fall. Starting 16 games this past season, Stanford shared the team lead in goals (3) and tallied a team-leading 24 shots, with 10 coming on goal. She also began her junior campaign by netting the game-winning goal in the home opener against NJIT.
“Alex is a very mature, competitive person that is thoughtful and very reliable,” Statham continued. “The younger players adore her and she is very good with them. She gives every ounce of what she has in every game and every training session. I also love her passion. She is no nonsense.”
The four captains, along with the entire 2018 women’s soccer team, will be on display beginning Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. when the Leopards host Villanova at Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium to open the 2018 slate.