On Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. in Van Andel Soccer Stadium, the Hope College women’s lacrosse team will pay tribute to its 10 graduating seniors. Since few fans are allowed at the event to recognize these student-athletes’ careers, head coach Keagan Pontious honors these seniors here.
“It has been a privilege and honor to coach all of these young women,” Pontious starts. “They have made me a better coach each and every day we saw each other. They fought through situations that no one could have predicted would ever come about. They stayed determined and focused throughout their four years to prove that Hope women’s lacrosse team is full of amazing young women. I am so proud of what we have built as a program with these women as our leaders. They will be missed greatly. We love you all and are proud to welcome you as Hope women’s lacrosse alumna.”
Caitlyn Cowell — Hometown: Culver, Indiana (Culver Academies); Major: Business
“Caitlyn is our strong defensive leader. She has the knowledge and lax IQ that allows her to teach those around her. She recognizes and adapts quickly in a game allowing us to shut down the opponent. Her experience on the defensive end will be missed!”
Rachel Elder — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS); Majors: Business and Communication
Rachel has unbelievable passion for this game. She constantly works on ways to grow mentally, physically and spiritually so she can be better than she was the day before. She has a fantastic positive attitude that is contagious for our team, and she sets a great example with her work ethic.
Laurel Frederickson — Hometown: Alto, Michigan (Lowell HS); Majors: Public Accounting and Business
Laurel has been an amazing goalie for this program for the last four years. She has sacrificed so much for this team and continues to do so everyday. She is one of the toughest players we have.
Helen Holt — Hometown: Myersville, Maryland (Middletown HS); Major: Biology
Helen is our vocal leader who brings light and reason to stressful situations. She always puts her teammates first and is willing to go the extra mile for the team.
Madison Micho — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS); Major: Mechanical Engineering
Madison is one of our most passionate players. She loves this game and is determined to compete every day. She has the biggest heart and cares so much about her teammates. Her work ethic is one that we all respect greatly.
Caroline Milholland — Hometown: Midland, Michigan (H.H. Dow HS); Major: Exercise Science
Caroline is the most consistent player we have. She shows up every day with a fantastic attitude, a smile and focus. She is a great defender who recognizes how we can improve as a defensive unit.
Carly Pieri — Hometown: Alto, Michigan (Caledonia HS); Major: Comprehensive Education & Special Education
Carly is a very driven player who will do anything for this team. She is a player who thrives in stressful situations and is a game time finisher. Carly’s love for this game and her teammates is unmatchable.
Jane Ragains — Hometown: Western Springs, Illinois (Lyons Township HS); Major: Physical Education
Jane has become a fantastic leader for us. She repeatedly puts in work every day and encourages her teammates to do the same. She pushes those around her mentally and physically in a positive way.
Paige Rosenbrook — Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan (Haslett HS); Major: Mechanical Engineering
Paige is our glue player and charismatic leader. She cares so much about every one of her teammates that it allows us to be successful. She shows empathy and builds those up around her.
Paige Wilmer — Hometown: Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS); Major: Nursing
Paige’s quiet leadership and solid work ethic is an important asset to our team. She leads by example, and puts her teammates first. Paige’s midfield vision and creativity on the field allows her to be successful.