Heading into the 2014 season, the Alma College Women's Lacrosse has some lofty expectations to meet after their stellar 2013 campaign. In just their second year as a program, the Scots finished the season with a 15-3 overall record and claimed second place in the MIAA with a 5-1 mark.
Alma headed into the MIAA Tournament as the second-seed and was matched up against a tough Hope College team, the third-seed in the tournament. Playing on a beautiful 75 degree day, the Scots dominated the Flying Dutch at home, 20-12, to advance to the first-ever MIAA Tournament final.
Despite three goals by Christie Havrilla, Alma fell to Adrian on the road 17-6. The Bulldogs would eventually advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament where they lost 21-3 against Cortland State (NY).
Head Coach Laurie Jordan only loses two pieces from last years squad with All-MIAA Second-Team selections Havrilla and Mary Harwood graduating.
The Scots welcome back all three All-MIAA First Team selections from last year and two second-teamers led by Jr. MF Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing, Mich./Waverly).
Gallihugh led Alma with 72 goals and added 17 assists en route to garnering First-Team accolades. Joining Gallihugh on the first team were So. D Emily Reverman (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) and So. AT Ashton Street (Brighton, Mich./Brighton). Street tallied 52 goals and 15 assists for the Scots and was also named the 2013 MIAA Rookie of The Year.
Alma's offense was dominating last season, scoring 267 goals compared to 138 by its opponent.
In goal, Sr. Stephanie Herman (Bay City/All-Saints Central) returns after logging all 1,065 minutes between the pipes last year for the Scots. The Bay City native finished with an 11-2 record, 156 saves and a 7.77 goals-against average.
Along with the expierenced core group of players returning from last year, Alma has injected some youth by adding 11 newcomers to the roster.
Similarly to the men's team, the women's lacrosse team starts the season with a four-game road trip. The Scots start the season on Sunday, Feb. 23 when they take on The University Puget Sound (WA) on the road at 4:00 p.m. The Loggers finished 4-6 last season but lost Julia Shulman, the programs all-time leading scorer, to graduation.
After completing the four-game trip, Alma returns home to take on Wilmington College (OH) on Thursday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. The Scots schedule teams six home games this year.
After completing such a success season last year, the 2014 Alma College Women's Lacrosse team heads into the season as a favorite to win the MIAA. The Scots were picked to finish second in the 2014 MIAA Coaches Poll.