The Liberty women's lacrosse program has announced Lindsey McNamara, Michaela Rich and Faith Wells as its three team captains for the 2018 season.
"We are really excited for these three young women to lead our team this year. Between the three of them, they have a great mix of knowledge, experience and maturity that our young team benefits from on a daily basis," said Liberty Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle. "I am really proud of how far these three have come and the type of leaders they have grown into. They are a daily representation of what this team stands for, and I have no doubt that this will be a special year, led by a special group."
McNamara, a senior defender, started all 19 contests in 2017 as a junior, earning Big South All-Conference honorable mention accolades. The Orlando, Florida, native notched a career-best 26 caused turnovers while adding 26 ground balls, nine draw controls and eight caused turnovers.
Entering her senior campaign, McNamara ranks eighth in Liberty lacrosse history in caused turnovers (53) and 10th in ground balls (76). McNamara is a business administration: project management major. She plans on pursuing a career in event planning upon completing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
"Being named a captain by my teammates was such an honor," McNamara stated. "I am very grateful to be a part of this team with such amazing girls and the best support staff. I am looking forward to this upcoming year and to see all of our hard work pay off."
Rich, a redshirt senior attacker, enters her final campaign sixth in school history in goals (69) and seventh in points (89). She did not compete in 2017 due to injury. Rich had her best statistical season as a sophomore in 2015, recording 29 goals, eight assists and 37 points.
The native of Monrovia, Md. scored 20 goals in both 2014 and 2016. She currently ranks tied for fourth in man-up goals (4) and No. 7 in shots (144) in Liberty lacrosse history. Rich is majoring in exercise science with a minor in psychology.
"It's truly an honor to be selected as a captain. It gives you the confidence when you know your teammates and coaches support you and trust you in a leadership role," Rich said. "I plan to do my best by leading by example both athletically and spiritually. I am extremely excited about the upcoming season and cannot wait to finally show off all of the hard work from the fall."
Wells, a redshirt junior defender, did not compete in 2017 due to injury. She has 30 career ground balls, 14 caused turnovers and three draw controls. Wells, a native of Haymarket, Va., is majoring in elementary education integrated studies: English. She will receive her bachelor's degree this month and begin pursuing an MBA during the spring semester.
"Being selected as a captain is a huge honor, especially coming from this team. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this team and to be surrounded by teammates and coaches that are undoubtedly committed to not only the success of the program but also success of its players," Wells stated. "I think it is going to be a great year for our team, and I am grateful for the opportunity to encourage and pour into my teammates as a captain."
Liberty begins its 2018 campaign at Mercer on Feb. 10. For the full 2018 schedule, click here.