Preview of FDU women’s spring sports

Jake Alercio

The women at FDU have never messed around with athletics and, within the last few years, there have been some very successful female Devils teams and athletes. As the spring season rolls around, the athletes plan to keep it that way.

The Devils tennis team is set to open up its spring season on Feb. 25 against Drew. The Devils have been selected to finish fourth overall this year in the MAC conference. Wilkes University was picked again to win the conference, as they have done for the past 10 years in a row. Coming off of a 1-2 record in the fall, the Devils look to make improvements and strive for the playoffs.

After losing its top golfer from the spring of 2016 and dropping all three matches this past fall, the FDU women’s golf program looks to rebound and “rebuild the program,” as sophomore Brooke Sherwin said. Tuesday, March 21, will mark the opening contest for the Devils as they take on Eastern University in St. David’s, Penn. Sherwin will be one of the top golfers this year, along with junior Lauren Geiger, but in order to make a run, they will require a team effort.

By coming up short in the Conference championship to Manhattanville College last year, it is safe to say that no team is more prepared to avenge themselves this season than the Devils softball team. Although they were selected to place third in the conference this year, junior Frannie Jarin said, “We believe we can win it all this year.” In order to do so, they will need much more than an individual effort.

Audrie Thomas will be taking the mound as the starter for the Devils this season and is expected to throw most of the innings. The big bats will come from Taylor Torre and Paige Lillie. In the 2016 season, Torre posted a .411 batting average as Lillie followed up closely with .379 average. On the defensive side, FDU will need a big year from junior shortstop Rebecca DeCarlo. Another big help for the Devils will come on the base paths from junior outfielder Marlena Bevilacqua, who posted 36 stolen bases last year and looks to do the same this coming season.

Coming off of their fourth conference championship within the last five years, the women’s lacrosse team looks to continue its domination into the 2017 campaign. In the 2016 season, the Devils knocked off Misercordia, 14-4, in the championship game to claim the conference title. They then went on to face Middlebury College in Vermont in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but lost 12-7. Middlebury went on to win the National Championship. Since the team only lost one senior from the previous year, sophomore Jessica Haddad said, “We have all been working very hard to get better every day, so I think that we are going to come out even better than last year and go even further in the NCAA tournament.” To do so, they will need help from All-American Brianna Reasoner. In 2016, as a junior, Reasoner became the first player in program history to be named second team All-American. As a senior this year, she will play another huge role in the Devils’ success for 2017.

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