Syracuse’s summer only lasted two months, partly because Claire Webb wanted the team to get a “jumpstart” on the season.
Some players, like Webb, usually return to SU around July, but never as early as in 2019. And never with this many teammates. Returning early isn’t required or pressured, Webb said, but last season’s shortcomings — like a 1-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference — inspired urgency.
Webb and other seniors led captains’ practices, team building exercises, and “culture meetings” in early July, more than a month before their official preseason began. As a freshman, Webb went through those pre-preseason drills along with about half the team. As a senior, she led nearly the whole roster.
“It wasn’t really even a question for most people whether or not they wanted to come back for the summer,” Webb said.
In her first three seasons at SU, Webb appeared in every game, even playing with a facemask after suffering a broken nose in 2016. Her reliability and calming presence in the back led head coach Ange Bradley to once call her “Steady …read more
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