By Tyler Stotsky
On July 18th 2014, a new head coach was named for the women's lacrosse program at Lake Erie College. Mallory Ferrandiz was the person that was to take over the reins of the program. Ferrandiz became the third head coach in the program's six year history. Ferrandiz replaces former Storm head coach Jillian Howley, who had a 30-23 record in three years at the helm.
"Since being named Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, Coach [Ali] Quast and I hit the ground running. Team culture was our first area of improvement. With a new coach, and 12 new faces/underclassmen on a roster of 15, we have been able to share a lot of firsts together, while also developing the environment and traditions that we want our program to be known for," said Ferrandiz on the new environment.
Ferrandiz joins the Storm women's lacrosse program after she spent the last two years as assistant coach for the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College (2013-14). Before her time at Belmont Abbey, she was an assistant coach at her alma mater, University of New Haven for two years (2010-11) and also an assistant coach for one season at St. Joseph (2012).
Ferrandiz was a four year player for the Chargers at New Haven where she played in 57 games, accumulating 146 goals, 67 assists and 152 groundballs. She was one of the most decorated players in New Haven history as her name is scattered through the career leaders in multiple categories.
She was named to the All-National Rookie Team as a freshman. She was named to the All-North Regional and Northeast-10 All-Conference Team three out of four years, including First Team honors twice for both teams. She was the first player in New Haven history to be named to the First-Team All-IWCLA Team. She was a team captain for two years, an All-American, two-times team MVP and was the Northeast-10 Conference Championship MVP once.
Ferrandiz earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2009 and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition in 2014, both from New Haven.
The Storm finished 2014 with a 10-8 record overall and 7-1 in the GLIAC. They fell in the GLIAC Semifinals to Tiffin.
Lake Erie was chosen to finish fourth in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll with 29 votes, behind Grand Valley State, Tiffin and Findlay.
"This upcoming season will be competitive from the start; there are no cakewalks, which will prove to be beneficial come playoffs. Our young team will see what Division-II lacrosse is about quickly. I am fortunate to have a team eager to learn and a hunger to succeed on and off the field. Every day has been a pleasure and I am fortunate to work with each of them. I look forward to growing with them as a team," said Ferrandiz about the upcoming season.
Senior Samantha Gryba was third in scoring on the team last season with 34 points, including 31 goals.
Junior goalkeeper Katie Holden will return to the net after she was named All-GLIAC in 2014. She made 140 saves in 17 games.
The Storm will welcome seven newcomers including six freshman and one transfer student.
Lake Erie will open the 2015 season on the road against Seton Hill on February 25th and then they will begin GLIAC play on April 2nd at Tiffin.