World Cup experience to give young team a boost in 2008

The 2008 season looks promising for the women’s lacrosse team. The team’s first goal is to make it to the American East Championship tournament. This summer’s U-19 World Cup provided some valuable experience for junior Kristen Millar, sophomore Rebecca Baynard and head coach Jen Johnson, who is a two-time World Cup player and was a first-time coach for Canada this past summer. “It’s definitely an asset to have two players of that caliber on a team,” Johnson said. “They are definitely role models that a lot of people look to, based on the fact that they’ve played at a high level.” “If you have players doing their job and doing what they do well out there, then that speaks volumes over any verbal leadership that a coach or a player can do,” Johnson said. Johnson said that confidence will be the biggest issue for the young team, which has thirteen sophomores.The team ended on a high note in fall ball with nice wins over Richmond and Navy; Johnson hopes that her two international players can stifle the potential confidence issue.