USM Announces 2019 Women's Lacrosse Captains
GORHAM, Maine -- With their season-opening game just five days away, University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse head coach Ashley Durepo announced recently that four seniors - midfielder Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine), midfielder Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine), defender Mira Kuni (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) and goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) - will serve as captains of the Huskies' 2019 women's lacrosse team.
The four will lead a squad that returns 17 players from last year's team that finished 9-8 overall among the 27 on the roster. Fleming and Kuni are beginning their fourth season with the program while Jordan and Van Nostrand are in their third campaign. The four served as captains during the 2018 season.
The Huskies open their 16-game 2019 schedule next Tuesday (4 p.m.) playing at the University of New England. USM will play its home opener at Hannaford Field on March 6 against Husson University.
"I am so proud of have Colleen, Aliza, Mira and Hala serve again as captains for the 2019 season," commented Durepo, who is beginning her second season as the program's head coach. "All of them continue to grow in their leadership positions and in their role with our team. Each has her own strengths, and as a unit they work incredibly well together to serve as a guiding force for the rest of the team."
Jordan is the Huskies' top returning scorer after tallying 80 points, the second highest single-season total in program history, on 56 goals and 24 assists in her second season with the program after transferring from Merrimack College. Jordan also scooped up 63 ground balls, had 66 draw controls, and caused 29 opposition turnovers. Jordan was one of three USM players named to the All-Little East Conference second team last year.
Fleming had a breakout season contributing 27 goals and 17 assists in 17 games to go along with 59 ground balls, a team-high 99 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers.
Expected to lead the young defensive corps in front of Van Nostrand this season, Kuni follows in the footsteps of her older sister, Kaelyn, who was also a two-time captain. The younger Kuni had 34 grounds balls and 13 caused turnovers in 17 games last season. Van Nostrand compiled a 6-8 record with a 12.89 goals against average, 107 saves, and a .381 save percentage.
USM will play eight non-conference games before opening its Little East Conference schedule at Eastern Connecticut State University on March 30. The top six teams in the LEC standings at the end of the season will advance to the conference champions tournament.