FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart women's lacrosse head coach Laura Korutz has officially announced rising seniors in defender Elizabeth Small, midfielder Cassie Cesario and midfielder Olivia Millard as team captains for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Small is entering her second season as a captain while Cesario and Millard earn the team's leadership title for the first time in their careers.
A stalwart on the defensive end, Small earns a captaincy role for the second consecutive season after a 2019 campaign in which she posted career-highs in both ground balls (33) and caused turnovers (34) while ranking second on the team in draw controls (24). Her 2.13 caused turnovers per game ranked 16th-best in the nation and second-best in the NEC. Small enters her senior year sitting second all-time at SHU in career caused turnovers (79).
The team's top all-around player in Cesario is set to begin her first year as captain following a 2019 season in which she recorded career-highs in four major statistical categories including points (37), goals (23), assists (14) and caused turnovers (20). Starting all 16 games, Cesario finished second on the team in points, third in goals, second in assists, first in ground balls (37), fourth in draw controls (13) and second in caused turnovers. The Pioneers' active career leader in points (82), Cesario stands a great chance at crossing the 100-point milestone in her final season while she could finish top-five all-time at SHU in assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.
A natural midfielder, Millard showed true leadership traits last season playing three games (96:06 minutes in total) in the cage as a goalkeeper for the Pioneers. With injuries limiting SHU's primary goalkeepers midway through the 2019 campaign, Millard stepped up and earned a win with four saves and just four goals allowed in 41:03 minutes of action in a 15-9 home win over CCSU. Millard played in 13 games (five starts) in total and finished with 12 draw controls (tied for fifth-most on the team). She also earned 2018-19 National Strength and Conditioning All-American honors for her work in the weight room throughout last season.