MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin's Women's Lacrosse program will begin its seventh season of competition on Wednesday at Carthage with a season-opening non-conference game at 5:30 pm.
CUWFalcons.com prepares you for the season ahead with things you need to know.
Majority of offense returns: Concordia Wisconsin did graduate key pieces from the 2016 squad, but the likes of Allison Kurek, Lauren Paquin, Caitlin Henry and Christina Pattengale are all back and ready to rack up points. Kurek led the Falcons a season ago with 82 points – the second most in a season – while Paquin tallied 69 points. Overall, two-thirds of the scoring from 2016 is on this year's roster.
Schedule favors road games: The Falcons have 17 games on the schedule this season and 10 of those will be on the road. They begin the 2017 campaign at Carthage on Wednesday (5:30 pm) before hosting Augustana on Saturday at 3 pm in the home-opener. Of the seven home games at Fitting Field this season, all will be played either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Last line of defense: Veronika Metanova will be relied on heavily this season, as she is the only goalkeeper on the roster. The senior started all 18 games last season and had a 15-3 record with 124 saves. Her experience will prove key in the Falcons accumulating victories against difficult opponents.
MWLC favorites: Concordia Wisconsin was picked by the league's head coaches to repeat as the MWLC champions after receiving 10-of-12 first-place votes and 120 total points. The Falcons have won the last two regular season and tournament championships.
Acting head coach: Samantha Landis will fill in as the acting head coach this season, with Emily Schoessow on maternity leave. Landis has been an assistant for Schoessow for over three years and is also the Field Hockey head coach.
Youthful exuberance: The Falcons upperclassmen are loaded with experience, but the overall roster of 21 features just three seniors and four juniors. There are seven sophomores and seven freshmen. Concordia Wisconsin has three players who have MWLC honors (Allison Kurek, Veronika Metanova and Lauren Paquin).
Live coverage: Live video of home games will take place if the weather cooperates – meaning no snow, rain, dense fog or low temperatures in the forecast. The broadcasting area is exposed to the elements and equipment damage is a concern with inclement weather. A decision will be made before the start of home games whether live video or live audio will be produced. Visit the schedule page for live links.