A new era in Clark University field hockey will get underway on Thursday, September 1 when first-year head coach Callie Lekas takes the helm of the Scarlet and White – giving the Cougars a new head coach for the first time in 32 seasons.
Hey, She Was Pretty Good
Lekas comes to Clark after a long history of success as a student-athlete at Wellesley College. As an undergraduate with the Blue, Lekas earned First-Team All-NEWMAC honors on three occasions (2007, 2008, 2009) as well as First-Team All-Region accolades by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (2007, 2008, 2009). In 78 career games, she finished with 57 goals and 22 assists, good for 136 career points.
In addition to a new face with Lekas as head coach, the Scarlet and White welcome five others including sophomore Brittany Cloutier (Greene, Maine) and freshmen Julia D'Antonio (Ramsey, N.J.), Kaitlyn DeBlois (Turner, Maine), Mikayla Pantano (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and Mallory Thompson (Gardner, Mass.).
Here's What She's Thinking
"I'm so excited for our season to be officially underway," she said. "I have seen huge improvements in the team and their hard work and willingness to learn and try new things is what's going to make all the difference this season."
Back For More
Sophomore Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) returns to the fold after a freshman campaign that saw her lead the team in goals (13), assists (8) and total points (34). She finished with two hat tricks and had the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win over WPI.
Senior Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) had a bounce back junior season after an injury-plagued sophomore campaign. In 2015, Mackey was second on the team in goals (12), assists (6) and points – her second season with 30 points or more. Another 30-point season would put her amongst the top ten scorers in program history.
Home Heavy To Start
Of the 18 regular season scheduled games for Clark, 11 of them will be played at home. Six of those 11 home games will be played in their first eight games including a stretch of five straight beginning September 8.
In The Cage
After three years of Christine Tinsman controlling time in the cage, the goalkeeping duties will go to either Gaby Deangelis (Bayville, N.Y.) or Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.). Michaud is the more experienced of the two, having made three starts last season, going 2-1 with a shutout, 29 saves and an .806 save percentage.
Leaders Of The Band
Lekas has named the four members of the senior class – Julia Baud (Utrecht, Netherlands), Olivia Cotton (Northampton, Mass.), Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) and Alyssa Williams (New Sharon, Maine) – as team captains. "They all bring their own style to the field, but work together really well," said Lekas. "This season, I will rely on them more than anyone to lead by example and live what Clark Field Hockey is all about and what we're trying to become each and every day."