The University of Dallas women’s lacrosse team has started their preseason with a new head coach, a young team and a lot of excitement.
Destinee Johnson was hired in October 2016 as the 8th head coach for the Lady Crusaders. This is her first head coaching position, but after serving one season as assistant lacrosse coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, she is excited to begin a new chapter in her coaching career.
Johnson’s players are also looking forward to beginning a new season under her leadership.
“Preseason has been going well,” junior attacker Julia Shinkle said. “We are a young team with only three upperclassmen, but the freshmen and sophomores have been doing a great job stepping up. We are also adjusting to a new coach, but we all really like her and we think she will do great things for the program. Right now we are focusing on preparing for our first games in Seattle. We are really excited for the season, and we are all really close off the field, which helps a lot. We are looking forward to having a lot of success this season.”
The team will be heading to the University of Puget Sound in Washington for their first set of games on Feb. 18 and 19. Between now and then they have a lot of practicing to do to prepare for a successful season. Johnson seems to have prepared them well, however, as all the girls are looking forward to the 16 games they will play in the next three months.
The Crusaders went 4-8 last season under head coach Lauren Martin, but they are confident that this year will show some better numbers.
“The team has a lot of potential so I think we are gearing up for a strong season,” junior midfielder Patty Hahn said.
In addition to their hopes for a stronger season, the girls are looking forward to exploring the country as their games take them from Washington to Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois. Their first home games will be the last weekend in February against the University of Saint Mary on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m., and Southwestern University on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.