Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team is looking to continue their upward ascent in the North Atlantic Conference this season. The Hornets, under third year head coach Sean Lynch, finished 14-12 overall last season, including a 10-8 mark in NAC play. Lyndon also qualified for the NAC tournament, earning the #5 seed, where they fell to Maine Maritime Academy in the quarter-finals. Last season also marked Lyndon's first winning record since becoming an NCAA Division III program in 2008.
Top returnees include senior Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT), junior Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH), and sophomores Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) and Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH). Carlson averaged 4.8 points and 3.6 assists per game in 2017-18. Mitchell averaged 8.3 points 5.0 rebounds, and a team best 4.3 assists per game, while Celley and Poirier averaged five and seven points per game respectively.
The Hornets will also have several new faces this year, including Central Maine Community College transfers Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME) and Ellie Harrington (Fareham, Hampshire, UK) and promising freshman Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH). Freshmen Lauren Young (Danville, VT), Jade Berry (Lyndonville, VT), Tayler Courchesne (Wilmington, VT), and Ashlynn Bardos (Beaumont, CA) round out the roster.
Lynch is very optimistic about the season. "This year is very different from last year when we had clear cut leaders and everything seemed straight forward. We have a lot of new faces and it feels like a new team but the returners have led the way and the newcomers have not missed a beat. Our work ethic, our team attitude and our commitment to program standards have never been better. I am very excited about this season and believe strongly that we will be successful with a collective effort."
The Hornets have been picked to finish third in the NAC 2018-2019 pre-season coaches poll. Husson University was picked to take conference honors, followed by Maine Maritime Academy. The predicted order of finish is:
- Husson University
- Maine Maritime Academy
- Northern Vermont University-Lyndon
- Thomas College
- University of Maine at Farmington
- SUNY Canton
- Northern Vermont University-Johnson
- University of Maine at Presque Isle
For a complete preview of the 2018 NAC women's basketball season click HERE.
The Hornets will open their 2018-2019 season this on Thursday evening when they face the College of St. Joseph in the opening round of the Northern Vermont University Tip-Off Classic, hosted by NVU-Johnson. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm. Lyndon will face the Vermont Technical College in the tournament's second round on Saturday. The home opener will be on Wednesday, November 14th, when Castleton University comes to Stannard Gymnasium. NAC play will begin on November 30th, when the Hornets host NAC favorite Husson.