BABSON PARK, Fla. (January 27, 2021) – Under the direction of Head Coach Destinee Johnson, the Webber International University women’s lacrosse team is set to begin its first season of competition this Spring.
Coach Jonson spoke about the team’s inaugural season, saying “Even throughout the changes that COVID has brought, we are staying focused on building our culture, having fun, and bringing in student-athletes that fit our mission, vision and philosophy for the program and university. The team is excited and staying hopeful in being able to have the opportunity to play this season. We are a young team that worked hard in the Fall on and off the field. The players are looking to go out there and have fun and grow as a new program.”
Webber’s first ever women’s lacrosse roster will be made up by No. 1 Sydney Britton, No. 2 Natalie Baumgarten, No. 3 Malia Domingo, No. 4 Raelynn Bellamy, No. 6 Kamille Long, No. 8 Charlee Lutton, No. 9 Natalie Bartek, No. 12 Kaitlyn Patterson, No. 13 Nicky Greene, No. 15 Megan Dennis, No. 16 Maria Horrell, No. 17 Shannon Parker, No. 18 Victoria Orozco, No. 19 Daiana Casula, and No. 20 Ashley Bosch.
Coach Johnson spoke on her inaugural recruiting class, saying “The atmosphere around the team is ‘family’, and we are ready to witness the girls translate their hard work on the field. Along with being a family, they bring hard work, dedication, leadership and most importantly, a welcoming atmosphere. I expect the team to continue with that atmosphere throughout the season and as we continue to build for next year.”
The Warriors will open their inaugural campaign as a member of the Mid-South Conference, making women’s lacrosse the third sport (football, men’s volleyball) Webber competes in as a member of the MSC. The other seven women’s lacrosse programs competing in the Mid-South Conference are Keiser University, the University of the Cumberlands, Life University, Ave Maria University, Marian University, Thomas More University and Georgetown College. Five of those schools are ranked in the top-10 in the NAIA entering this season, including No. 2 Cumberlands, No. 3 Keiser, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 9 Life and No. 10 Marian.
In the MSC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Warriors received 11 points and were selected to finish seventh.
“Being a part of this conference will give us a good and challenging schedule for our first year,” added Coach Jonson. “We look forward to competing with the other conference schools and helping grow the sport. This will be a great opportunity for our players and our program.”
After a scrimmage at Ave Maria University this Saturday (Jan. 30), Webber’s inaugural season will begin with a tough conference game at Keiser at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
10 days later, Webber will play in its first ever home game as the Warriors host another top-10 opponent, Life, in another conference game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, on the Warrior Turf Field. In all, Webber’s 2021 regular-season schedule will feature three home games, five road games and six conference games.
The MSC championship is scheduled for April 22-24 in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
Women’s lacrosse is now considered a championship sport within the NAIA. The four conferences include the Mid-South Conference, the Appalachian Athletic Conference, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, creating four automatic bids to nationals along with four at-large berths.
Select Webber women’s lacrosse games will feature live stats and live video of the action, so check out our Stretch Internet and Live Events pages for all of the details.
Coach Johnson concluded by saying, “To the Webber family, thank you for your support during this COVID time in building a new program. If you can come out and support or watch live, please do and cheer us on as we embark in this new journey as a new program. We are looking forward to being able to have the opportunity to play this season as a new program while taking all the necessary precautions and keeping everyone safe.”