January 29, 2014

Coach Graham Announces Captains for 2014 Season

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Women's lacrosse head coach Lesley Graham has announced the appointment of three captains for the Lions' 2014 season.  Senior goalie Nicole Sirota-Plotnikov, and juniors Joanna Chadwick and Christina Minneci will use their wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to guide the Green and Gold both on and off the field in the Lions third season.

Sirota-Plotnikov, a goalie out of Clearwater, Florida is a first-time captain for the Lions.  Her hard work and discipline on the field and in the classroom make her a role model for the younger players to look up to.  Sirota-Plotnikov saw action in four games last season with a save percentage of 40 percent. 

Chadwick, a three-time captain and midfielder from Tampa, Florida, will look to continue the momentum from her stellar 2013 season.  Ranking first on the team in goals and third overall in points, Chadwick will once again be a critical part of the midfield for the Lions, and will be expected to help take the team to new heights this season.  Successful both on the field, and in the classroom, Chadwick is also the Vice President of Communications Management for the Saint Leo University Student Government.

Minneci, a midfielder from Manalapan, N.J. is a two-time captain.  Starting every game for the Green and Gold last year, she was second in on the team in overall points, and led the team with caused turnovers.  Minneci embodies a hard-working dedicated student-athlete with the drive to always compete.   

"All three girls bring tremendous leadership to our program both on and off the field.  They are a fantastic representation of not only Saint Leo Lacrosse, but of the larger university community.  As we continue to build the foundation for success, this trio of young ladies had all the qualities to lead us in the right direction."

Saint Leo will begin its 2014 slate on the road, taking on Catawba College on February 22nd.  For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team, be sure to visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.