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Denver Names Captains Ahead of 2017 Season

Jan. 3, 2017

DENVER – Following the turn of the new year, the University of Denver women’s lacrosse program announced the four captains that will lead the Pioneers during their first season as a member of BIG EAST Lacrosse.

Emily Conway, Nicole Martindale, Maddy Stevenson and Layne Voorhees were tabbed by their teammates to spearhead the 2017 campaign as Denver looks for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

“The 2017 captains have exemplary leadership qualities as a result of their ability to work hard and lead by example,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “The four chosen by the team are the top of the group as they represent everyone with class and I believe there is a sense of unity as each captain is approachable to the team to go with their ability to work well with the coaching staff.”

Conway missed the majority of the 2016 season due to injury but made an impact her first year on campus, anchoring the defensive look on the field for Denver in 2015 starting 13 games and recording 13 ground balls, five draw controls and 10 caused turnovers.

Martindale has turned into one of the go-to scorers for the Crimson and Gold in the past two seasons as she led the team in goals en route to her MPSF Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and followed up with a 2016 season featuring 32 points (21 G / 11 A) for the second-best total in each category despite appearing in only nine of DU’s 18 contests.


 

 

Stevenson was the backstop for the Pioneers in 2016, starting in the net in 17 games and putting a stop to 116 opposing shots for a 7.77 goals against average and 27 ground balls. Her best game came on April 15 in a 16-0 shutout against California where she finished with four saves in 56 minutes of action.

Lastly, Voorhees has been a cornerstone for Denver in three years in a Pioneer uniform as she hasn’t missed a single game since she first stepped onto the field her freshman year in 2014, starting all 21 games, and followed up with 18 starts as a sophomore and 18 as a junior to go with two All-MPSF First Team honors for the Crimson and Gold.

“These four have already shown their guidance during the fall by getting the team on track,” added coach Kelly. “The coaches have the same expectations throughout the preseason and into the spring.”

The Pioneers open up the 2017 season on the road as they visit San Diego State on February 4, starting at 1 p.m. MT.

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