The Stetson lacrosse team finalized its roster for the upcoming 2014 season, adding walk-on freshmen Kristin Collins, Robin Collins, and Christina Loya to the 17 returning from a year ago and the eight newcomers announced this summer.
Twin sisters Kristin and Robin Collins come to Stetson from Manchester, Missouri where they attended Parkway South High School for four years. Loya, meanwhile, hails from Danbury, Connecticut and went to the Canterbury School in New Milford.
Also a member of the cross country team at Parkway South, Kristin Collins helped lead her lacrosse team to the Kirkwood/Webster Invitational Championship, was named honorable mention all-conference twice, and earned a Rising Star Award after the 2012-13 season.
“I have never been pushed so hard in my life,” Collins said of playing with the Hatter lacrosse team this fall. “It’s crazy to see how far I can actually go. What has been great so far has been the bond that has been created on this team. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Robin Collins, also a member of the cross country team in addition to playing lacrosse at Parkway South, played on the same squad that won the Kirkwood Webster Invitational. Like her sister, she also won a Rising Star Award in 2012, and earned honorable mention All-American accolades.
“It’s that feeling of being a part of a family,” Collins said in reference to why she enjoys being a member of the Stetson squad. “Everyone who is on the team supports each other because we’re all playing the sport that we love. I plan on cherishing all the time I spend with this team.”
Loya played lacrosse, soccer, and squash, and was a member of the swim team while at Canterbury. An honor roll student, and member of numerous clubs during high school, Loya helped lead the Saints to a 10-2 record in 2013, the best in school history.
“I chose Stetson because of the high level of academics and the Division I lacrosse program,” Loya said. “When I was searching for colleges, I wanted a small school in the south that had a challenging academic program as well as a good lacrosse program.
“I've loved everything about being a Stetson lacrosse student-athlete so far,” Loya added. “Coming into a new school, I have felt like I had a group of friends I already know, which has helped me get adjusted and comfortable in a new environment.”
The Collins sisters and Loya will join the 25 other current members of the Stetson lacrosse team for the 2014 season. Stetson opens competition with six straight home games at the Athletic Training Center, beginning with a visit from national contender Syracuse on Jan. 24.
You can see the 2014 Stetson Lacrosse roster by clicking here: 2014 Roster. Each player’s bio has been updated with fun facts on each individual.