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Oct. 27, 2022 — A purple and orange threat is awakening

In 96 days, the inaugural season for the Clemson women’s lacrosse team will commence.

It is a program which could be having the highest expectations placed upon them of any Division I debutante since Michigan began playing lacrosse as Team 1 in the fall of 2013.

There are several factors surrounding the high expectations. First is the investment and effort that the Clemson athletic department is putting forth for this program. A lot of pundits are pointing to the school’s success in football as a model for the lacrosse team.

The second aspect leading to the high expectations is the coaching staff. Head coach Alison Kwolek did great things in the mid-majors with Richmond, making the national Top 10 on two occasions. She has added former Penn State All-American Madison Carter and former Cornell assistant Bill Olin as assistants, and they could form some of the secret sauce for the coaching of the new team.

And that new team could be spectacular. Clemson was incredibly active in the transfer portal, announcing 19 athletes making their intention to join the new program. The two most prominent, for me, are attacker Jaylyn Jimerson from Syracuse, and goalie Emily Lamparter from Maryland. The program also has at least seven rock-solid commitments in the next two scholastic classes.

Clemson’s group has bonded quickly during the fall-ball season, which concludes this weekend with games at the home of your defending national champions, the University of North Carolina. And if playing on that field, and going through those locker room doors, and seeing all of those trophies isn’t a visualization exercise for the Tiger program, I don’t know what is.