Denver– The has named seniors Natasha Davies (Annapolis, Md.), Steph Coyne (Baltimore, Md.), Dani Espinosa (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jenn Moore (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) as team captains for the 2009 season, third-year Liza Kelly announced today.
“I think the team has selected four passionate and capable captains,” Kelly said. “Each brings a different style of leadership that will complement and challenge the others. I am excited to watch them further develop as players and team captains.”
Davies, who served as co-captain last season, started the first 11 games in 2008 before season-ending knee surgery. Prior to the injury, Davies recorded three points on one goal and two assists, collected 30 groundballs and caused 26 turnovers. An anchor of the Pioneer defense, Davies led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 2.36 caused turnovers per game and second with 2.73 groundballs per game.
Coyne was named to the IWLCA Division I All-Regional Second Team for the West/Midwest last season after finishing fourth in the with 2.79 assists per game and 10th with 86 points. Coyne set DU’s career assists record with 102 and single-season record with 53 assists last season, and the two-time All-MPSF attacker currently sits fourth on the team’s all-time career points list with 187.
Espinosa played 12 games at attack for the Pioneers last season and scored five goals, increasing her career total to nine. Espinosa placed 12 of 14 shots on goal for a .857 shots on goal percentage. Additionally, Espinosa is the president of DU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which works to enhance the total student-athlete experience for all 17 NCAA Division I sports at Denver.
Moore played in all 19 games with 18 starts in 2008, recording an assist against UC-Davis. The defender was 31st in the NCAA with 1.53 caused turnovers per game, while adding 21 groundballs and 10 draw controls.
The Pioneers, who ended last season ranked No. 19, lost only three starters from a team that went 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the MPSF last season, and returns the team’s top 10 leaders in goals and assists. Denver opens the 2009 season in a neutral site game in San Diego against four-time defending national champion Northwestern on Jan. 23.