Women's Lacrosse - Mon, Feb. 13, 2017
Georgetown College women's lacrosse enters a new era of its young program – playing in the NAIA. The athletic organization most of the rest of the Tiger teams play in added NAIA as an invitational sport a season ago and continues to build on this process, moving all teams playing in the NWLL into NAIA for 2017.
With the formation of the new competition sport, the WLCA helped to shape some building blocks including a preseason players to watch list.
Sophomores Avery Blackmon and Rachel Kidwell were two of the nine honorees on this list.
Blackmon was the 2016 NAIA Independent conference's Offensive Player of the Year with 56 goals, 27 assists, 106 draw controls and 73 ground balls. She was also conference Offensive Player of the Week four times and national twice.
Kidwell was three-time conference Defensive Player of the Week and once nationally. As a rookie goalie, she had 50 percent saves.
Both were 2016 NWLL All-Americans, NWLL South Region All-Conference First Team and NAIA All-Americans.
"This speaks highly of the respect our program receives as well as to the hard work Rachel, Avery and the entire team does to make us successful," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "We are excited to kick of our third varsity season. We know expectations are big for us and we've not back off any challenge or opportunity to make us the best team yet."
The Tigers did not shy away from tough tests starting with preseason scrimmaging NCAA Division II University of Findlay and playing NCAA DII University of Virginia College at Wise in an exhibition. The first regular season game is 3 pm Feb. 18 at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
GC also plays three NCAA teams during the regular season – Roberts Wesleyan College (regular season home opener Feb. 21), Calvin College and Slippery Rock – as well as facing NAIA foes such as Savannah College of Art and Design, Robert Morris University – Chicago and Lawrence Technological University.