December 17, 2013

Daly Announces Assistant Coach and Tri-Captains for Upcoming 2014 Season

HEATHER SULLIVAN NAMED ASSISTANT COACH; HEDDEN PALOMBO AND STOUFFER NAMED TRI-CAPTAINS

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - First-year Merrimack College women's lacrosse head coach Michael Daly is pleased to announce the hiring of Heather Sullivan as Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach, and has also named tri-captains for the upcoming 2014 season.

Senior Inna Hedden (Woodbine, Md.), junior Giulia Palombo (Sandwich, Mass.) and sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, Pa.) will share captainship this spring, as the Warriors aim to return to the Northeast-10 Championships.

"We are all very excited to welcome Heather to the team and to our Warrior family," said Daly. "Heather brings a wealth of championship-level playing experience in the Northeast-10, and in Division II lacrosse, to the program. I very much look forward to working and coaching with Heather. No doubt she will help us build the foundation for a championship team culture and a successful 2014 season for Merrimack Women's Lacrosse."

Sullivan, a recent Stonehill graduate, helped pace the Skyhawks to a 55-20 record during her tenure. She became 13th 200-point scorer in program history and finished career ranked sixth in the school leader board for career goals (190) and ninth for career points (228). She was also named to the IWLCA All-North Region Second Team and All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team during her time with the Skyhawks.

"I am very honored and excited to be joining the Merrimack Community." said Sullivan. "I knew after finishing my final season last May that I wanted to continue with lacrosse coaching at the college level. I have always admired Coach Daly's coaching style and legacy. I am looking forward to working with him as well as with the young and talented Merrimack players as we pursue excellence on and off the field in the Northeast-10."

A Psychology major and Andover, Mass., native, Sullivan also minored in Elementary Education at Stonehill and was a standout at local Andover High School, where she still holds many school records in Lacrosse and Field Hockey.

"I am excited for Inna, Giulia and Aubrie to lead us into the 2014 season," added Daly on the unveiling of his three captains. "These three are great teammates, with strong character and exhibit an exemplary work ethic both on and off the field."

Hedden saw action in 13 games as a junior and was the team's primary goalkeeper. She logged 667 minutes in net and recorded 166 saves. Palombo appeared in 16 games as a sophomore. She posted 10 goals and an assist last season. She also scooped up 13 ground balls while forcing five turnovers. Part of the NE-10 All-Conference Rookie Team, Stouffer appeared in 15 games as a freshman. She finished with 13 goals and three assists.

"All three captains bring something special to our team leadership which will make us better each and every day in 2014," continued Daly. "Inna is such a strong leader by example, plays with so much composure in goal, and will be the leader of our team defense; Giulia brings a great energy and a sense of purpose to our practices and is a strong vocal leader; and Aubrie is an excellent communicator, has a very strong game sense and will help lead our attack unit.

"These three together bring a contagious energy and full commitment to team, their teammates and to Merrimack Women's Lacrosse. I am proud of them all and am confident Inna, Giulia and Aubrie will provide a solid foundation of leadership on and off the field for our team in such a pivotal year for the program."

In addition, Daly announced the Women's Lacrosse Team Leadership Council for 2014, which is comprised of one representative from each class. The 2014 Women's Lacrosse Leadership Council are: freshman Clare Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.), sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.), junior Olivia Coakley (Bridgewater, Mass.) and senior Katie Martin (Lincoln, R.I.).

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