Old Westbury, N.Y. - The NYIT women's lacrosse team will start off their 2017 with a top-10 ranking as a first year team, as announced by the team at US Lacrosse Magazine last week. The Bears were ranked seventh, which is where former Dowling women's lacrosse finished the 2016 season before the news of the school closing hit the program. Fourteen players and Head Coach Kerri Handras quickly found a new home in Old Westbury, along with eight newcomers and will go down in the record books as the first women's lacrosse program at NYIT.
Under the direction of Handras, who was also named 2016 East Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year, the Golden Lions wrapped up the 2016 season with a program best 17-4 record and first ever NCAA Tournament win over Grand Valley State.
The team features Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Third Team All-America Selections from 2016 in Katie Meinecke and Erin Smith. Meinecke, also an ECC First- Team All Conference pick scored 52 goals and added 37 helpers to finish the season with a team-leading 89 points. She won 64 draw controls and scooped up 25 ground balls. Additionally she was responsible for 25 turnovers on defense and scored 15 free position goals on 30 attempts. Smith totaled 39 ground balls for the season and caused 28 turnovers. Additionally she won 47 draw controls, earning her a spot on the ECC First Team.
The team will open up the inaugural season on Saturday, February 25 at Georgian Court University starting at 1:00 p.m. The Bears will step on President's Stadium for the first time on Tuesday, February 28 when they host Merrimack College at 2:30 p.m.
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