MMA unveils first-ever women’s lacrosse team

2015 Maine Maritime Academy Women’s Lacrosse Team

From left, Patricia Dunford, Ally Fuehrer, Taylor O’Malley and Rachael Redles have been named captains the 2015 Maine Maritime Academy Women’s Lacrosse Team. Photo courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy Athletics

Castine—2015 marks the first NCAA season of Maine Maritime Academy Women’s Lacrosse.

The Mariners will be led by four captains who have extensive lacrosse backgrounds: Patricia Dunford, a defender and Marine Biology major, played lacrosse at Walkersville High School in Maryland. Ally Fuehrer, an attacker and Marine Transportation Operations major, played lacrosse at Freeport High School in Maine.Taylor O’Malley, an attacker and Marine Engineering Operations major, played lacrosse at Middletown High School in Rhode Island. Rachel Redles, an attacker and International Business and Logistics Major, played lacrosse at Moravian Academy in Pennsylvania.

“I’m very excited about this leadership group,” said Head Coach Sarah Gombar. “They are great leaders not only on the field but off the field as well. Each of them brings something different to the team, and a different leadership style. I believe that this group of four really embodies our program and what Maine Maritime Women’s Lacrosse is really about.”

The Mariners will host their first NCAA game on March 9 when they take on Saint Joseph’s College of Maine at Thornton Academy, in Saco. Then, they will travel to Throggs Neck, N.Y., for the Inaugural Maritime Classic hosted by SUNY Maritime on March 13 and 14. Their North Atlantic Conference opener as a NCAA division III team is on March 21 against Colby-Sawyer.

“We have stressed that they are the foundation of this program, and I could not have picked a better group of women to pave the way for future Mariners. Our team motto is ‘You Can’t Teach Heart’ and this team has really embraced that,” added Gombar.

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