Jan. 25, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut lacrosse team selected its team captains as the Huskies continue to prepare for the season-opener on Feb. 20. UConn seniors Katie Devaney (Black River, N.Y.) and Ashley Mitchelides (Hudson, Ohio) as well as redshirt junior Lauren Sparks (West Chester, Pa.) will serve as the 2010 team captains while the team continues preseason practice in new surroundings. The Huskies will enjoy greater comforts at home with their recently renovated locker rooms at the Hugh S. Greer Field House.
UConn lacrosse returned to Storrs before the commencement of spring semester classes and continues to work on blending the group of 15 returners with 16 newcomers in anticipation of the upcoming spring season.
"During the 2010 preseason, our goal is to compete and get better every minute we are together on the field," head coach Angela McMahon said. "The girls have been working extremely hard in strength and conditioning and in practice to achieve that goal. We will have a great test against our alumni, as our current players are eager to avenge the one goal loss from last year. We still have a ways to go until we are ready for our first game, but we are certainly optimistic with what we've been able to accomplish in the past week."
UConn concluded the 2009 season with a 3-13 record and looks to improve upon its experiences a year ago. In addition, the Huskies will work to increase their presence in the BIG EAST after a pair of conference victories over Cincinnati and Louisville at Sherman last season.
"We are thrilled to announce Ashley Mitchelides, Katie Devaney and Lauren Sparks as our team captains for the 2010 season. All three women bring passion, hard work and leadership everyday both on and off the field," McMahon said. "I have complete faith that these three will do a phenomenal job representing the University, the local community and our lacrosse program."
Sparks returns for her second stint as a team captain, serving from the sidelines last season while taking a medical redshirt. The team will depend upon Devaney and Mitchelides not only provide leadership off the field as captains this season, but also on attack. Sparks has seemingly reinserted herself in the midfield and will continue to provide invaluable leadership throughout the season.