Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team is set to open the 2017-18 season with a goal of earning the program's first North Atlantic Conference tournament berth since 2012-13. The Hornets finished 11-13 overall a year ago and 8-10 in NAC play. Lyndon finished in a tie for sixth place in the NAC, but lost out to Johnson State College on tiebreakers for the final playoff spot.
The Hornets will be led by senior center Mikayla Hodge (Newburty, VT), a First Team All-NAC selection a year ago. Hodge averaged 16.5 points per game a year ago, second best in the NAC. she also grabbed a NAC best 12.8 rebounds per contest. Hodge enters this season with 951 career points as a Hornet.
Senior guard Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, ME), and sophomore forward Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH), also return and are expected to be key contributors this season. Foy transferred to Lyndon a year ago after two seasons at Central Maine Community College. She was Lyndon's second leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points per game. Mitchell averaged 6.6 points per contest a year ago, and handed out a team best 3.9 assists per game.
Junior guards Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA), Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) and Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) also return this year, as does senior forward Mariah Ramos (Lebanon, NH). Junior forward Abigail Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) also returns to the Hornets this season. Salvadore last played for Lyndon in 2015-16.
Lyndon will be led by second year head coach Sean Lynch. Last season Lynch led the Hornets to their best record in six seasons. Lyndon won four if its final five games a year ago and Lynch looks to carry that momentum into this season. He remarked "We have a nice balance of youth and experience. Our senior leadership is excellent, A plus, and we have some talented, younger players who are hungry to learn and get better. I have really enjoyed coaching this group. They are competitive, tough and want to improve. So I like the trajectory of our team and we're excited to begin game competition." Brennan Morton will serve as Lynch's assistant this season, after having worked with the Hornet men's team a year ago.
The Hornets will be tested right out of the gate, as they will open their season against the defending NCAA Division III Champions, Amherst College, in the opening round of the Amherst Tip-Off Classic Invitational next Saturday at 6:00 pm. Lyndon's home opener will be on Tuesday, November 21st, when Vermont Technical College comes to Stannard Gymnasium for a 1:00 pm start.