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New Bryn Mawr lacrosse coach excited to return to alma mater

There¿s a lot of excitement around the Bryn Mawr campus this spring, with alum Jordy Kirr becoming the new head coach.

There's a lot of excitement around the Bryn Mawr campus this spring, with alum Jordy Kirr becoming the new head coach.

Kirr played for the Mawrtian co-coaches she replaces, Wendy Kridel at Bryn Mawr and Kim Simons at Georgetown University.

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"It's incredible," Kirr said of returning to her alma mater after coaching the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette University. "It's a school I am very proud to represent and I take it very seriously."

Kirr's players will probably listen to her closely.

After all, she was a star player at Georgetown and played on the World champion U.S. Under-19 team.

Kirr, who will assisted by former Bryn Mawr teammate Allie Emala and former Syracuse University standout Natalie Glanell, wants her players to adopt the same style of play that made her successful.

"We are going to be all in with positivity and hustle," she said. "That's going to be our biggest strength that we are going to have a mental edge over our competitors. I think it's something we haven't been known for. We have been a really good team, a finesse team."

The Mawrtians — coming off a 7-8 overall record and 5-4 record in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference  —  have a good bit of talent as usual.

But Bryn Mawr will be younger than the past few seasons, owing to having only two seniors on the 23-player roster.

"Our roster is deceptively young, but we have a ton of returning starters coming back," said Bryn Mawr senior attacker AP Smith, who will play lacrosse at Washington and Lee University next year. "Most of our junior class started last year."

Senior Bridget Danko (Marquette University) and sophomore Alex Marino (Syracuse) will join Smith on attack.

Feeding the frontline will be a midfield anchored by junior Sophie Murphy (Marquette University) and Devon Stuzin (Columbia University) and sophomore Olivia Rubin (Duke University).

Another crucial returning player is junior Joanna Levin (University of California, Berkeley) who will provide protection for sophomore goalie Maia Faraone.

"I think a good season for us is playing to our fullest potential throughout the season," Smith said. "I think that we have the potential to become a championship team. I really do."

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