Starting the Season Off Strong
Senior, Davis poised to dominate in the upcoming season
“It’s amazing. I don’t necessarily see myself as a threat per se and that’s kind of what this title represents,” said senior co-captain and defender Shelby Davis who was recently named to the preseason All-CAA lacrosse team. Davis was surprised to say the least. She found out she had been selected to the team through Twitter when somebody had tagged her in a tweet about it. “I had no idea,” said Davis. However, this selection has been long overdue for the veteran defender considering she has started in all 47 games for the Lady Monarchs over her three-year career at Old Dominion University while scoring three goals and causing 25 turnovers. “It’s incredible. Starting all 47 games has been a dream come true. This is what every high school lacrosse player strives for,” said Davis.
Although Davis is in the prime of her collegiate lacrosse career, the team isn’t fairing so well as a whole. The Lady Monarchs are predicted to finish seventh in a conference that only consists of eight teams. “It kind of sucks, but then at the same time it’s kind of cool because we are going to be awesome this year and we can just come out and show everyone that we don’t belong seventh,” said Davis. The team is trying to drastically improve from last year when they finished a meager 4-13 overall and 1-6 in the conference, which put them second to last in the conference, ahead of only George Mason University. “I’d like to say we are going to be number one. I’d like to say we will just come out and sock it to everyone, but we’ll see what happens,” said Davis.
The team lost seven starters from last year while gaining eight new freshmen. This could be a blessing in disguise if you go by records alone. “I think that it’s a fresh start and these freshmen all have great stick skills and a great mentality,” said Davis. A fresh start may be just what the team needs considering they haven’t won more than four games in a season the past three years, which is a tough reality for any player or coach to swallow.
Davis will share the ranks of co-captain this season with fellow midfielder Jordynn Collins. “It’s incredible. It took us by shock the first day. We had no idea it was coming and I’m so glad to be there with Jordynn,” said Davis.
Davis not only excels on the field, but in the classroom as well. She has landed herself on the dean’s list the past two semesters, which seems to be a more unlikely accomplishment among student athletes these days. “It’s great. We learn time management skills that help in the classroom as well as in practice and the game,” said Davis.
After this season is over, and she graduates, Davis plans to head overseas. “I actually got a coaching job in England. I’ll be moving there in August to coach for an English lacrosse team. I’ll be housed at a boarding school and I’ll have a couple teams that I’m working with,” said Davis.
When Davis isn’t consumed with lacrosse or schoolwork, she is your normal everyday college student. “I’m a big fan of coffee shops and live music. Those are my weaknesses,” said Davis.
The Lady Monarchs begin their season on Feb. 16 on the road against Johns Hopkins University and their first home game will be Feb. 23 against William & Mary University.
By: Brian Bowden