TIFFIN -- In preparation for their inaugural season, the Heidelberg University men's and women's lacrosse teams have announced their plans to hold a joint training session open to the campus and local community. Looking to take advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures, the event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5-6 p.m. at Hoernemann Stadium.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the teams, learn about the rules of lacrosse, watch practice and test out their lax skills on the field.
"We are very excited to get started with the season, and we want to help generate some buzz around campus," said head men's coach Bill Schmoldt. "The popularity of lacrosse is booming across the region, and we hope that the preview day can help with that."
Both Berg lacrosse teams are preparing for the start of the 2017 season. The men's team kicks off the season on the road at Bethany College (W.V.) on Feb. 25. The women's team opens at home on March 1. The men's home opener is March 2.
Schmoldt and assistant coach Travis Brown have worked to bring together a mix of freshmen and upperclassmen in hopes of getting off to a strong start. In its first year, Heidelberg is looking to make a name for itself in the OAC, and lay the foundation for long term success.
Schmoldt's captains, junior goalie Max Rennillo and junior attackman Matt Wernerspach, come to Heidelberg with previous college lacrosse experience. Rennillo, a graduate of St. Ignatius in Cleveland, will quarterback the defense while Wernerspach, from New Jersey, will lead the offense.
"I am excited to have Matt and Max as the first captains of our program," said Schmoldt. "Both guys are hard-working, tough leaders who not only set a good example for the rest of the guys, but are dynamic personalities who will help us attract other great students and build a program the school will be proud of."
Women's head coach Rosie Knisley and assistant coach Ashley Travis have brought in a mix of talented freshmen and upperclassmen in anticipation for the season.
With many multi-sport athletes on the roster, the women's team consists of a talented and athletic group. Sophomore Dana Dudley looks to lead the team with her collegiate playing experience.
"We are excited for the season and we believe we have a lot of potential," said Knisley. "Our girls are very hardworking we think it will pay off."
The women's team was picked eighth and the men's team was picked ninth in the Ohio Athletic Conference preseason polls.
"We know that we have new programs and we have to prove ourselves," said Schmoldt. "We're ready to do just that."