Posted by Paul Baker on March 20, 2017
Christina Fried, now in her third year as head coach of the AU women’s lacrosse team, is optimistic about the upcoming season.
“It is our goal to return to the conference championship, this time to win,” she said. “The team has been been working hard, we are stronger and faster than we have been in the past. We will rely on four all-conference players returning to the lineup.”
Those players – Taylor Arcivar (Jr., Mid.), Andrea Colford (Jr., Mid.), Kenny Hughes (Sr., Att.) Lauren Whitfield (Sr., Mid.) — helped secure a 7–2 record and a second-place finish in Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference play in 2016.
Fried noted that last year’s team was highly successful in the classroom too, having been named a Division III Academic Honor Squad by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, which requires that all team members maintain a 3.0 GPA for the year. Eighteen Spartans were named to the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference All-Academic Team, which requires a 3.3 GPA.
Fried said that her squad continues to be enthusiastic about lacrosse, a rapidly growing sport across the nation but one still relatively new to AU and to the Midwest.
“It is a real pleasure to coach here,” she said. “These girls are eager to learn. I see improvement at every practice.”