UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – With the 2017 season quickly approaching, Richmond women’s lacrosse head coach Allison Kwolek has announced the Spider team captains for the upcoming campaign.
“We are excited to have two great leaders anchoring both sides of the field this year in Leslie and Kim,” Kwolek said of the pair.
Espenchied will look to complete a very successful career on the defensive end of the field in 2017. The Atlanta, Georgia, native returns to the field after earning both Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and A-10 All-Academic honors in 2016. As a junior, she appeared in all 19 games, finishing second on the team with 35 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. She also recorded her first-career point, logging an assist in a win over La Salle.
“Leslie has grown into an invaluable leader for us on the defensive end,” Kwolek said of the senior. “She is the type of person who expects a lot out of herself and her teammates, which only helps elevate our play to the next level. Her competiveness and drive to get better are apparent to everyone, both on and off the field.”
Egizi returns in 2017 after two standout seasons for the Spiders. A native of Westwood, Massachusetts, Egizi is coming off of an impressive 2016 season, earning Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors, as well as Second Team All-State accolades. The 2015 A-10 and All-State Rookie of the Year, she capitalized on the success of her rookie campaign, starting all 19 games and finishing the season with a team-high 55 points on 37 goals and 18 assists. She also led the conference in ground balls with 50, averaging 2.78 per game.
“Kim has been an integral part of this program since the day she set foot on campus,” Kwolek said of Egizi. “She is always focused and ready to compete. She leads with a calm, cool, and collected demeanor. Her leadership style and presence on the field fuel the team’s overall play.”
The Spiders will begin the 2017 season on the road when they travel to face Liberty on February 18. Game time in Lynchburg is set for 12 p.m.