Emmitsburg, Md. (January 17, 2018) -- Senior Emily Dees and juniors Jillian Petito, Marley Heller and Taylor Carhart have been named team captains for the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team for the upcoming 2018 season.
"We are excited to announce our 2018 season captains," said Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann. "This group has tremendous leadership both on and off the field. We look forward to the season ahead!"
Dees, coming off an All-NEC Second Team selection in 2017, has been named a team captain for the third consecutive season. The Baltimore native started all 15 games for the Mount last year while helping anchor the team's defensive unit. Dees finished the 2017 campaign with career highs in draw controls (25), ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (13), ranking top-three on the team in all three categories.
Petito accompanied Dees on the All-NEC Second Team in 2017, and enters her second season as the Mount's starting goalie. The junior net minder started all 15 games between the pipes last year, stopping 137 shots and posting a .460 save percentage on the year. The Ocean City, Md. native led all goalies in the NEC with a .537 save percentage in conference games, and also ranked second in the league in saves per game (9.13).
Heller enters her redshirt junior season with 47 career points on 36 goals and 11 assists. After suffering a season-ending injury during the 2016 campaign, Heller returned to form last season, finishing with 24 points which was tied for fifth-most on the team. The midfielder also ranked fifth on the squad in goals (16), and third in assists (8). Heller tallied multi-point games in seven contests on the year, including a season-high five points (2g, 3a) in a conference win over Sacred Heart.
Carhart has racked up 32 goals and 37 points through her first two seasons with the Mountaineers after setting career-highs in both categories last season. Carhart finished the 2017 campaign with 22 goals, which was good for second-most on the team. The Manchester, Md. native finished the season with nine multi-goal games, which included hat tricks against Niagara and Bryant.
The Mountaineers open the 2018 season on February 17 at home against Manhattan at 12 p.m.