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Meeting the Lacrosse Newcomers - Meador, Milwicz, Rich and Thate

January 28, 2014
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From left to right: Bailey Meador, Kathryn Milwicz, Michaela Rich and Casey Thate

Leading up to the Liberty lacrosse season opener on Feb. 7 at Richmond, LibertyFlames.com will provide a look at each of the Lady Flames' newcomers. Today's article features Bailey Meador, Kathryn Milwicz, Michaela Rich and Casey Thate.

Why did you choose Liberty?

Meador: I chose Liberty because I wanted to go to a place where I would be encouraged daily in my walk with Christ, on and off the field. I felt very comfortable and welcomed when I visited Liberty for the first time, and I knew on the way home from my unofficial visit that this is where the Lord wanted me to be.
Milwicz: I chose Liberty because of its atmosphere. Walking on to the campus, I knew that this was the place where I wanted to spend my four years. I fell in love with my team, my peers and all of Liberty's surroundings.
Rich: I chose Liberty because I wanted a Christian-based school where I could not only grow in the classroom, but I could also grow spiritually in my walk with God.
Thate: The moment I walked on Liberty's campus I felt an immediate sense of belonging. I live a conservative lifestyle and I wanted to be surrounded by like-minded people. I also wanted a place where I could grow in my faith. The distance from home is just right and the campus and facilities are amazing. I could not imagine being anywhere else.

What has been the biggest adjustment you've had to make since coming to Liberty and joining the lacrosse team?

Meador: The biggest adjustment for me as a freshman was the pace of the game and the hours put into lacrosse each day. It's a totally different game at a whole new level of play.
Milwicz: The biggest adjustment is constantly doing something. I love the fact that I am able to play the sport that I love every day and am able to grow spiritually in my walk of faith.
Rich: The biggest adjustment I've had to make since coming to Liberty and joining the team would probably be managing my time and constantly having to be on the go. Taking college classes is time consuming, plus adding in a sport really takes a lot of my time, but I love it.
Thate: The biggest adjustment that I had to make was balancing all of my duties as a student-athlete. Just as the title states, academics comes before our sport, no matter what. From class to practice and everything in between, my days are full and busy, but it is a good kind of busy. With guidance from the academic advisors, coaches and upperclassmen, I have achieved an effective balance.

What do you appreciate the most about Coach Nangle?

Meador: Coach Nangle has a huge heart for the game of lacrosse. She makes me want to be out on the field and play every day. She encourages us to no end and that is exactly what we need.
Milwicz:   Coach has so much determination for the game of lacrosse. She always pushes us to do our best and shows the team that she believes in us.
Rich: I appreciate how hard she makes us work. This makes us better as a team, but also helps prepare us for when we graduate and go out on our own.
Thate: Our team is very blessed to have Coach Nangle and the rest of the coaching staff. Coach brings so much positive energy to the team with her passion for the game and her experience as a coach and player. I truly appreciate how approachable she is and I know that I am going to learn and grow so much as a player on and off the field under her leadership.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

Meador: I am looking forward to bonding as a team on and off the field, especially travelling with my teammates. I am excited to see the work we put in during the fall roll over to the spring season.
Milwicz: I have always looked forward to being a part of the Liberty lacrosse team. Winning games for our seniors and for ourselves, as well as being a Christian student-athlete is a huge blessing and a great opportunity that I look forward to this season.
Rich: This season, I am looking forward to the games and traveling with my team. The season is the best time of the year because you're with your team all the time. You work hard to win games and grow closer together as a team.
Thate: I am looking forward to watching our team become a solid unit and play for the glory of the Lord. We ended on a positive note in the fall and we can only go up from there. The stronger we become the more competitive we will be against the formidable teams on our schedule.

What are your goals for this season?

Meador: My goal for our team this season is to win the Big South championship. My goal as an individual player is to stay healthy and improve my game every day. I want to never forget why we are truly playing the game and continue to play for every one of my teammates.
Milwicz: Winning the Big South championship.
Rich: My goal for this season is to be Big South champions.
Thate: One of my goals for this season is to become a stronger player both physically and mentally. I also want to find my true niche on the team, so that I can make the biggest contribution possible. I want my teammates to know that I am always going to be there for them on and off the field, no matter what.