BLACKSBURG, VA – Head coach John Sung introduced the return of 4 student-athletes; Angie Benson, Taylor Caskey, Kendall Welch and Mary Clare McCarthy to the lacrosse program Thursday. The quartet, all listed as seniors in 2020 have the chance following the NCAA’s resolution to grant an extra yr of eligibility within the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down collegiate sports activities in North America in early March.
“I’m actually excited for the chance to being again two of our captains, Angie and Mary Clare for subsequent yr,” Sung mentioned. “The extent of pleasure for 2021 is thru the roof with this group having the ability to return and add to the roster that we had been already enthusiastic about. The bond that Angie and Morgan Berman our two goalies have is unbelievable and having each of them push one another is admittedly going to assist this crew. For us to maintain our core from the 2020 crew and be capable to have them on the 2021 roster, I could not ask for anything and we’re grateful for the NCAA’s resolution and the assist from Virginia Tech’s administration.”
The Hokies went 7-3 (1-1) within the shortened 2020 season that was crammed with milestones and record-breaking performances. Tech’s midfield trio of Paige Petty, Emma Crooks and Kayla Frank was the one trio of teammates to every document 23 or extra objectives through the season. Petty, an All-American and Frank, only a freshman each ranked within the high 10 nationally in factors scored.
On the defensive finish of the sector, the Hokies’ 7.90 objectives in opposition to common ranked seventh within the nation with goalie Angie Benson’s 7.38 GAA standing because the second greatest in America. She totaled 83 saves and had a 54% save share, each within the high 10 nationally.
Caskey, an attacker and crew captain, scored 32 factors in 2020 and moved into third all-time in assists with 56 for her profession. In complete she has 140 factors, on the cusp of the highest 10 in Virginia Tech historical past.
McCarthy began in all of her appearances this previous season and set profession highs in brought about turnovers and floor balls. The Washington, D.C. native additionally scored her first profession objective on a free place alternative within the win over Elon.
Welch, one other crew captain, made the transition to defender this season the place she began all 10 video games and posted a career-best 20 floor balls and likewise brought about 9 turnovers.
— to hokiesports.com