HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth women's lacrosse head coach Amy Patton has announced the three players that will serve as captains for the Big Green in 2013.
Bennett started in all 17 games for the Green and White last season, registering nine goals and 12 points. A natural leader and role model for younger players, the Darien, Conn., native was named the recipient of 'The 1980 Award' following last season. The accolade is presented to the woman who best represents themselves, the team, the College and community through their academics, athletics and community service.
"Courtney is a force through the midfield and a tenacious player on the 50/50 balls," Patton said. "She is truly one of our smartest players in her sense of the game and her lacrosse IQ. I've been most impressed by her level of accountability thus far, not only in herself, but also how she holds her teammates to a higher standard."
Bowers was an offensive force last spring for the Big Green, finishing third on the team in scoring with 29 points on 22 goals and seven assists. Her play only got stronger as the season progressed, eventually scoring twice in both the semifinals and the finals of the Ivy League Tournament to help Dartmouth capture its first postseason title. Those solid back-to-back efforts earned the Old Greenwich, Conn., native a spot on the Ivy League All-Tournament Team. Bowers continued her hot streak with two more goals and three points in the team's NCAA Tournament tilt with Syracuse.
"Hana had a tremendous fall season and is definitely one of our most polished players. She has great hands and has a sniper of a shot," Patton commented. "It's been great to see her take over the role of captaining the attack this fall and really be someone on the field that was very reliable in both of our scrimmages. I think her value through the midfield is one of our strengths as she has an uncanny ability to create space and get open.
"Everyone feels very confident when Hana has the ball in her stick."
Johnson will round out the trio of captains in 2013. One of the Ivy League's top defenders, she was an anchor on the back end for the Big Green as a junior last spring. Starting all 17 games, Johnson was consistently matched up against opponents' top attackers and point-producers. An All-Ivy Second team player as a sophomore, the Hingham, Mass., native was a defensive stalwart in Dartmouth's run to an Ivy League Tournament title, helping to hold Cornell and Penn to just a combined 14 goals and was recognized as a member of the all-tournament team.
"Kelsey has taken her game to a whole new level this year. She has been one of our most prolific defenders in the program recently, but she has shown me that she is not only a great mark-up defender, but also an incredibly talented player in the midfield," Patton said. "Her versatility will be something we can use to our advantage on a regular basis.
"She has gotten better through added strength, speed and stick skills and I really believe that she is going to be one of the best players in the country," the Dartmouth head coach added. "Her confidence on the field is something that is extremely contagious and makes all her teammates that much better."
Bennett, Bowers and Johnson will be tasked with leading another talented Big Green squad looking to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row in 2013.