Midfielder Brittany Barnwell, who scored 44 goals last season, will be expected to continue her aggressive play on the field, leading the offensive end. On the defensive end, goalkeeper Danielle Horoschak and defender Akasha Kasper, a 2011 All-American, will be looked upon to lead on the defensive end of the field. Senior Allie Rhodes also returns after leading the team with 36 caused turnovers in the 2012 season, as well as earning a spot onto the 2012 Conference Carolinas first team all-conference and second team all-region.
“We have been lifting weights twice a week and practicing everyday to make sure that we are well prepared for this season,” said Rhodes. “Since this is my last season I really want to enjoy every moment on the field and give it everything I have for myself and my teammates.”
“This year, our main rivals are Limestone and Belmont Abbey.”
Rhodes believes that the team has great chemistry on and off the field and that this chemistry will help them in achieving their goal to with the conference championship and beat their rivals.
Queens’ freshmen class will also be expected to add diversity and strength to the team, adding to the Royals depth on the field.
The 2013 preseason poll ranks schools as follows: Limestone, Pfeiffer, Queens, Belmont Abbey, Erskine, Converse, Mount Olive and Lees-McRae.