LYNDON CENTER, VT- The Lyndon State College softball team, led by first-year head coach Greer Lemnah, will open its 2016 season in Clermont, Florida against St. Mary’s College on Wednesday, February 24th.
Over the past few weeks, Lemnah has been preparing her team for their annual southern trip. This year the Hornets will travel to Clermont, Florida, where they will play ten games over the course of the week. “Florida is a chance to see what we have for lineup opportunities. It’s a chance for everyone to prove themselves, and we’re very excited,” said Lemnah.
There are many challenges of being a new head coach in a program, but Lemnah is prepared and excited for the season. “I bring a lot of energy. I push. We have to make other teams make mistakes. We want to make things happen this year,” Lemnah said.
The Hornets will only have five returners with no seniors. Lyndon returns Brooke Dolloff, Shelby Sheridan, Mindy Karl, Kiya DeWitt and Cori Sousa. All of which made significant contributions to the team this year. “Our returners have stepped up to the plate this year, we expect a lot of the contributions and leadership from them” said Lemnah. The Hornets have eleven newcomers that are ready to make an immediate impact this season. “They are all going to have to step up this season. They’re focused and excited,” Lemnah said.
Lyndon has a small number of returners and no senior leadership, but refuse to accept that this year is a rebuilding year. “By definition this is a rebuilding year, but we don’t want to waste time with that mindset. We want to make things happen now,” said Lemnah.
The Hornets finished the 2015 season 10-20 (3-9 in NAC play), missing the playoffs after four-straight appearances in the postseason. “Our primary goal is to make it back to the postseason. We want to make a splash and prove everybody wrong,” said Lemnah.