LHU Lacrosse ready for 2018 season opener

LOCK HAVEN – The No. 23 Lock Haven University lacrosse team will open up the 2018 season at home on Tuesday, February 20 at 4 p.m. vs. Georgian Court University at Charlotte E. Smith Field.

Nationally Ranked:

The Bald Eagles will begin the 2018 campaign ranked No. 23 in the preseason Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLAC) Division II Preseason Poll. LHU finished last season with a 9-8 record and a 6-6 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

PSAC preseason poll:

LHU is picked to finish tied for sixth in the preseason PSAC poll. East Stroudsburg was picked to win the conference, receiving 10 of the 13 first-place votes. Mercyhurst was picked to finish second and received two first-place votes while West Chester received one first-place vote and was picked to finish third. Lock Haven will travel to East Stroudsburg and West Chester and play Mercyhurst at home.

Veteran Crew:

The Bald Eagles return a veteran core for the 2018 season, consisting of 10 seniors. Ashley Gochenaur, Hayley Kilian, and Karli Gilbert all return after each scoring 20 or more goals last season. Gochenaur scored 28 goals while Kilian and Gilbert both scored 20 apiece. Kilian also led LHU last season in assists, racking up 46 in her junior campaign.

Home Dominance:

Lock Haven has been brilliant at home over the last five seasons, going 43-3 at Charlotte E. Smith field over that span, including 6-2 last year. The Bald Eagles had their 34 game home winning streak snapped last season against East Stroudsburg when ESU was able to knock off LHU 10-7. The Haven will look to start a new streak with the team’s first three games being at home to open the season.

The 2017 campaign: The Bald Eagles will look to return to the postseason for the 14th time in the last 16 years. Lock Haven will look to thrive behind the leadership of their 10 seniors and a dynamic offense that returns 119 total goals and 70 assists from last year’s team that scored 210 goals and tallied 121 assists.

Home-Field Advantage:

LHU will play nine of the team’s 17 regular season games at home this season, the most they will play at home in the regular season since the 2014 season.

Caprio, Bissnette join the staff:

Head coach Lindsay Reese is excited to have assistant coach Lindsay Caprio and volunteer assistant coach Shannon Bissnette join the staff this season. Caprio is a 2015 graduate of Lock Haven and was a standout on the lacrosse team. During her years at LHU, Caprio helped lead the Bald Eagles to a pair of PSAC tournament titles as well as a 2014 national championship appearance. During her senior season, Caprio was voted as a first-team All-PSAC selection as well as an All-American.

Bissnette, a 2017 LHU graduate, was a three-time All-PSAC selection and an All-American in her four years on the lacrosse team. She helped lead Lock Haven to two PSAC tournament titles and two national championship game appearances. Bissnette finished her career second all-time in the LHU record books in total assists with 174 and 10th all-time in career points with 227.