The first-ever women’s lacrosse season at Hiram College is quickly approaching as the Terriers are set to play their inaugural game this Saturday, Mar. 2 against Baldwin Wallace University at Charles A. Henry Field at noon.
Hiram will be one of two new programs competing in the North Coast Athletic Conference this spring. DePauw (Ind.) University also will add lacrosse to its list of varsity sports. With the addition of Hiram and DePauw, the NCAC will now consist of nine teams and will join other schools that include: Allegheny (Pa.) College, Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wittenberg University, The College of Wooster and Oberlin College.
“There are a lot of things to be excited about when starting a new program, because there will be a lot of “firsts” for our team… first goal, first win, and so on,” said first-year Head Coach Erika Blozie. “We look forward to establishing a lacrosse presence on campus and well as prepare for the future of the program.”
Blozie took on the task of starting the program at Hiram in the fall of 2011. She came to Hiram after a three-year stay at Stevenson (Md.) University where she served as assistant lacrosse coach and head women’s field hockey coach. Blozie is a 2005 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and spent three seasons as an assistant with the Warriors from 2005-07. During that time, Eastern Connecticut State won two Little East Conference championships in 2005 and 2007 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship both years. As a student-athlete, Blozie was an accomplished goalkeeper earning Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/US Lacrosse All-New England Region honors on two occasions as well as being a two-time All-Little East Conference Award winner. She ended her career with 46 victories, 708 saves and an 8.47 goals against average in over 70 games played.
The Terriers will have 19 players on its roster this season with two seniors, a junior, seven sophomores and nine freshmen.
“We will expect a lot out of our midfield line as they will need to play both sides of the field and be able to put some goals in,” said Blozie. “We will also rely heavily on our defensive players as well.”
Hiram has 15 opponents on the schedule this season with its first game on Saturday against BW. The Terriers will then make a short swing out East with matchups against Wesley (Del.) College and Notre Dame of Maryland University on Mar. 7 and Mar. 9 before returning home to host Houghton (N.Y.) College on Mar. 16. Hiram begins its eight-game conference schedule on Mar. 30 against DePauw (Ind.) University in Greencastle, Ind.
“We are excited to get the season underway,” said Blozie. “We hope the season will be a lot of fun and we look forward to starting some new traditions at Hiram with women’s lacrosse.”