Florida Tech Women’s Lacrosse Set For Inaugural Game
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // February 16, 2015
'Women’s college lacrosse is new to the state of Florida'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech’s 22nd sport, women’s lacrosse, will start its inaugural season on Monday, Feb. 16.
Head coach Corinne Desrosiers’ squad will play Roberts Wesleyan at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium at 7 p.m.
Desrosiers comes to Florida Tech from Merrimack College where she coached in arguably the toughest conference in Division II, the Northeast-10 Conference.
In 2010 her squad set a school record in wins after finishing the season with a 12-3 record and a No. 9 national ranking. That season, Desrosiers was named WomensLacrosse.com Division II National Coach of the Year.
Her team continued to be nationally ranked through the 2011-12 seasons.
Desrosiers is excited to be starting the women’s lacrosse program at Florida Tech.
“Women’s college lacrosse is new to the state of Florida”, said Desrosiers.
“There are only a number of teams competing down here. I feel that we could really create something special here. We could use our program to jumpstart the youth and high school programs in the area.”
FIT has a young but talented roster that includes 15 underclassmen.
“We have 20 players on the roster right now”, said Desrosiers. “We got really lucky, we have some great transfers who came in, and we have some very good players who are freshmen.”
Desrosiers put together a difficult schedule for the program’s inaugural season, including games against No. 6 New Haven and SSC opponents No. 9 Florida Southern and No. 18 Rollins.
“While I know we will have some really tough games this season, I also know that with the talent we have, the practices we’ve been putting them through, and just the structure we’ve instilled, we will give it our hardest and contend,” said Desrosiers.
On how the program’s first game against Roberts Wesleyan on Monday will look, Desrosiers plans to take advantage of her team’s speed and IQ and utilize a run and gun style of play.
She knows the girls will all be very excited and will have a lot of nerves, but she will look for them to be aggressive and unselfish, no matter how the game is going.
“It will be an exciting game,” said Desrosiers. “We will have some really nice plays, and we will make some mistakes, but we will continue to improve.”
All 2015 women’s lacrosse home games will take place at Pirate Stadium.
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