|ILANA COHEN||KATE KEAGINS|
|CASEY DOYLE||CHELSEA CYESTER|
DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) along with juniors Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) and Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo.) will serve as team captains of the 2012 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, head coach Michael Daly announced Tuesday.
"The UNH coaches and players have have made ideal leadership choices for our young, talented and athletic 2012 team," third-year UNH head coach Daly said. "These four very special student-athletes, and wonderful people, have dedicated themselves to the lofty academic and athletic values and standards of the program and truly 'bleed Blue.'
"Each of our four captains excels in leading our team by example, on the field, in the classroom and in the community and brings true sense of pride and commitment to excellence necessary to lead a championship team," Daly added. "I am extremely proud of and excited about our new captains and pleased by their leadership and willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team throughout the fall semester."
Cohen, a second-year captain for the Wildcats who has three years of starting experience in the midfield, will be asked to lead both on the front and back end for UNH. Her game experience and skill will aid in the success of this Wildcat team. Last year, Cohen ranked third on the team in goals (24) and points (37) as well as second in assists (13) and fifth in caused turnovers (12); she also had a team-best .600 shooting percentage (24 goals/40 shots). After an America East All-Rookie Team selection in 2009, America East All-Conference Second Team in 2010 and All-Conference First Team in 2011, Cohen understands what it takes to rise to the top.
Keagins, also a three-year starter for the Wildcats, will be asked to take control within the midfield for UNH in 2012. She led the 2011 'Cats in both assists (16) and points (39) as well as both ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (32); Keagins also led the team in shots (79) and ranked fourth in goals (23). With those statistics, Keagins was one of two UNH players who recorded double digits in goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. Her tenacity, hard work, and hustle is recognized by her peers and followed by the young players on the team. An America East All-Rookie Team selection in 2009 and an All-Conference First Team recipient in 2010, Keagins is a leader by example and holds her teammates to a very high standard.
Doyle, a low defender who has started almost every game of her career (33 games played/32 starts), is a vocal leader who will be responsible for keeping the young and athletic Wildcat defensive unit strong. Last year, she ranked third on the squad in ground balls and fourth in caused turnovers. Doyle demands the most out of her teammates and, with an ability to bring others with her, she will be a great asset to this 2012 New Hampshire team. Doyle, a person to whom teammates look for guidance and direction, will serve the team well in this new and well-deserved leadership role.
Cyester has really come into her own this season for the Wildcats. She has developed into a very positive and vocal team leader who the young Wildcat players look up to. Her incredible, tireless work ethic and drive to never settle for anything less than the best is the mentality UNH needs this season in order to be successful and become a championship team. After seeing limited time as a freshman in 2010, Cyester saw increased playing time last year with seven starts in 13 games; the midfielder tallied four points (three goals, one assist).
"I am confident our 2012 UNH team will be able to achieve all our goals and become champions in all aspects of the student-athlete experience under the veteran leadership and strong guidance of these four team captains," Daly said.
New Hampshire opens the 2012 season at home Feb. 25 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.