Liberty Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle has announced Kallie Britton, Colleen Ekert, Callie Francis and Meghan Hammond as the team captains for the 2016 season.
Britton, a senior midfielder, is coming off a successful junior campaign during which she scored a personal-best 33 goals to rank fourth on the squad. Britton was also named to the Big South Conference second team and garnered a spot on the Big South Conference All-Tournament squad. The Kansas native recorded five hat tricks during the season, including a six-goal performance against Coastal Carolina in the Big South Conference Tournament semifinals on May 1. Britton currently ranks fifth in program history in goals (70), ground balls (89) and caused turnovers (43). The senior also ranks fourth in overall points with 119 and has 49 career assists which ranks third best in program history. Britton needs just 12 assists to pass Morgan Becker for the Liberty all-time assists record.
Ekert completed her first full season with the Lady Flames after being redshirted during her junior season. The redshirt senior is coming off a stellar effort on the defensive end of the field, forcing 32 caused turnovers which set the new program record for a single season. The New York native was named to the Big South Conference first team and the Big South Conference All-Tournament squad. On April 12, Ekert forced seven caused turnovers against Presbyterian which set a new program record for a single contest. The redshirt senior defender also finished second on the team in ground balls with 46, ranking fifth most in a single season in program history.
Francis is in her first year with the Liberty lacrosse program as a redshirt senior. Francis spent the last four seasons competing with the Duke Blue Devils lacrosse squad as well as the track & field team. Francis brings with her four years of collegiate experience and leadership.
Hammond rounds out the captains for the upcoming season as a senior defender for the Lady Flames. Hammond was named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and was equally impressive on the field. The Rhode Island native collected 18 ground balls last season, including 10 in the final 10 contests. Hammond caused a career-best 13 turnovers throughout the season while also tacking on seven draw controls.
"We are really excited to have these four young women lead our group of student-athletes," stated Nangle. "They exemplify what it means to be a leader on and off the field and have been significant role models to our underclassmen. Kallie, Colleen and Meghan have been an integral part of the turnaround of this program and are fully prepared to lead this team to new heights. Callie Francis joined our squad after spending the last four years playing lacrosse and running track at Duke. Her experience combined with her natural leadership abilities make her the perfect addition to our group of leaders. I'm excited to watch them grow and bring this team alongside them as we continue to build, compete for a championship and more."
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