BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC women's lacrosse head coach Amy Slade has announced that juniors Jenna Baverman (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) and Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown), as well as senior Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), will serve as captains for the 2018 season.
"These captains that were chosen clearly exemplify our core values for UMBC women's lacrosse. They are not only phenomenal lacrosse players, but they carry out what they need to in the classroom and off the field," Slade said of the trio. "They are great role models and examples for others to follow and the fact that two of them are juniors helps to build that power behind them so that they can continue to lead the way for years to come."
After transferring in from Hofstra, Baverman helped to anchor a UMBC defense that held 11 of its 16 opponents to 10 goals or less in the 2017 season. The junior started in all 17 games at the defender spot while causing 10 turnovers and scooping up 22 groundballs. This past summer, Baverman competed with the Israeli National Team in the 2017 World Cup. She was named to the spring 2017 America East Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.0 or above as a Health and Public Policy major.
"Jenna has natural leadership abilities and the girls really trust in what she's saying to them. She obviously leads by example on the field and in the classroom. She's another person that holds herself to a high standard," Slade said. "She's not wishy-washy on what she wants or needs from you, and I think that's something our girls appreciate and I think her form of leading is 'here's what needs to be done, here's how I can help, so let's do it.'"
Last season, Levine played in all 17 games for UMBC as a midfielder, starting in 13 of them. As a sophomore, she recorded a career-high 11 goals, picked up 28 ground balls, caused 19 turnovers, and controlled 28 turnover. At the 2017 Gritty Awards, Levine was named the team's "Unsung Hero."
"Brittany is very, very consistent and very, very trustworthy. She gets the job done and she is like our workhorse. I think a lot of people look to Brittany and look up to her – not just for what she does on the field, because I think that's pretty glaring, but because of the person and friend she is off the field. And I think that's why she was unanimously voted as a captain," Slade said. "People go to her with problems outside of lacrosse and people find comfort in her listening and her abilities to lead them in that way. She is not the most loud, outspoken leader, but she's more of a 'watch and follow me' type leader and that really pumps kids up."
Miller is in her second term as team captain after serving during the 2017 season. She has started in all 51 career games for the Retrievers as a midfielder and led the team in draw controls last season with 54, marking the third straight year she has headed that category. Miller has also found her name in the UMBC women's lacrosse records book for most draw controls in a season each year she has played, including her rookie campaign where she matched the program record with 78 draws.
"Cait has been a captain for two years now, played in every single game and set a record her freshman year. She had to change and commit herself to playing defense a little bit more and she's done that," Slade said. "I think we have trifecta in what each one of these players bring to the table as leaders and it's all something different, all something powerful, and all something that will make us successful in the long run."