With preseason over, and an exhibition under its belt, the Stetson lacrosse team is set to play its first ever regular season game this Sunday. The Hatters will host Liberty at 2:00 p.m. at the Athletics Training Center.
Lacrosse was announced as a new sport for the Atlantic Sun Conference in November of 2011, with Stetson joining Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Detroit, and Howard as first year members for the spring of 2013. Nicole Moore was announced as the first ever Stetson Lacrosse coach just about a month later. With nearly all freshmen on the first squad in program history, the Hatters are ready to begin building the legacy.
"We have been waiting a long time for this historical moment," Stetson head coach Nicole Moore said. "We truly are building the legacy, and it is a very exciting time at Stetson!"
Liberty finished the 2012 season on a five-game losing streak en route to an overall record of 3-14. The Flames were 2-5 in the National Lacrosse Conference, and fell to now Atlantic Sun member Detroit in the first round of the NLC Tournament. In its first season of Big South play, Liberty was selected to finish fifth out of eight teams in the conference in 2013. Sophomore Morgan Becker is the Flames top returning scorer after totaling 30 goals and 11 assists a year ago.
"We have scouting reports on Liberty from their play last year, but we will concentrate on our game and our play," Moore said about Stetson's plan for the season-opener. "Our goal is to build game to game and grow as a program."
A live stream of Sunday's game against Liberty will be available on GoHatters.com. Live Stats, the @StetsonLacrosse Twitter feed, and the text message service Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.
"I expect the team to play with heart and play together," Moore concluded. "We have goals for our program and we will work towards those goals. I am very excited for these scholar athletes to have this monumental experience."