Life’s Katilyn Broughton on the attack. /// Photo courtesy J-2 Photography
Life University heads to Florida this weekend for a triple-header against South Florida and Florida International on Saturday, and Florida All Stars on Sunday. The Running Eagles are traveling with 25 players, and the three friendlies will be the first of the season for the Marietta, Ga., program. The Florida schools are currently in-season in the DI Florida league.
“The goal is to clean out cobwebs from our long break, continue to build depth, and to gauge how we recover and play through multi-match weekends,” Life coach Ros Chou relayed.
There will be many familiar faces on the pitch, but flanker Karen Faget will not be one of them. The openside suffered a season-ending injury, so the position is up for audition. USF transfer Karissa Lacy will be slotting into the back row, and N’Keiah Butler might vacate the second row for some loose forward time.
Life added a couple of new players to the roster this spring, but Chou is particularly excited to see Ana Fanning make her debut. She had torn her ACL the summer before enrollment and is finally healthy enough to slot in at fullback.
“The women have been working very hard, are focused, and are excited to work some new combinations and test out some new skills,” Chou noted.
South Florida and Florida International are both new to DI, and so they missed out on playing Life during the regular season – back when there was still a DI in the South Independent conference. Both teams have placed players on the Jason Schiessl-coached Florida All Star team, which is a senior select side that includes club players. See below for the full roster.
Saturday’s games will be played at the University of Florida in Gainesville, with FIU leading off at 2 p.m. and USF following at 4 p.m. Sunday’s game will occur at Lorna Doone Park in Orlando. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.
FLORIDA ALL STARS
1. Hayley Wortman (Jacksonville)
2. Stacey Nemeth (Jacksonville)
3. Kerri-Ann Elaise (Florida International)
4. Cary Gibbons (At Large)
5. Ally Gallagher (Eckerd College)
6. Lindsay Jordan (Jacksonville)
7. Hannah Larsen (Univ South Florida)
8. Kristen Hall (Univ Florida/Gainesville)
9. Lelandria Ates (Florida International Univ)
10. Zoe Sanchez-O’Neill (Orlando)
11 Stephanie Browne (At Large)
12. Brittany Broomfield (Florida International Univ)
13. Sam Norman (Univ South Florida)
14. Danielle Becker (Eckerd College)
15. Lindsey Koren (Univ Florida)
16. Jenny Beesley (Florida State)
17. Roseanna Abrao (Jacksonville)
18. Alexandra Wood (Florida International Univ)
19. Pamela McCullough (Eckerd College)
20. Laura Ferrara (Jacksonville)
21. Giovanna Medell (Univ Central Florida)
22. Dani Campbell (Eckerd College)
23. Mary Blizzard (Jacksonville)
Eileen DeLaRosa (Florida International)
Jordan Taylor (Univ Florida)
Rosa Ball (Florida International Univ)
Robyn Oliveri (Univ South Florida)
FRU HPP Head Coach: Jason Schiessl
FRU HPP Assistant Coach: Mike Geibel
FRU HPP Team Manager: Melissa Newkirk