The Shepherd Rams Lacrosse team has high hopes for this season coming in as 2015 Mountain East Conference Champs. The Rams were undefeated in the Mountain East Conference and went 12-5 in overall season play.
Rams graduated four seniors last year, one of which was their second leading scorer. They will be returning two of their top scorers from last year, senior midfielder/attacker Erin Phelan who scored 55 goals and had 16 assists, as well as junior midfielder Haley Price who had 24 goals and nine assists.
Shepherd will be entering the 2016 season with new interim head coach, Jenny Cavey. Cavey is a 2014 Shepherd graduate who replaces Meghan Keelan, who resigned to accept an assistant coach position at Arizona State University.
Cavey, who has played with some of the girls that are still playing now says, “It won’t be a problem. We have a mutual respect for each other.”
Cavey came into the game a little late, being hired at the tail end of winter workouts, but she doesn’t see that as a problem. “We set team goals at the beginning of the season and I hold the girls to them. We want to come back second year MEC champs,” she said.
The Rams finished at the top of the Mountain East Conference Preseason Poll with 36 points and six first-place votes for this season.
The Rams open their season in front of a home crowd on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. against Shippensburg University.