Hannah Krause and Karissa Lemaire were both field hockey and lacrosse players in high school. Hannah, a Lewes girl, attended Sussex Tech, while Karissa, a Rehoboth native, went to Cape Henlopen. The duo recently completed four years as field hockey teammates for the Lynchburg College Hornets.
Hannah and Karissa were both team captains the last two seasons for the Virginia-based liberal arts college, a member of the tough Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Hannah earned first-team all-conference honors the last two seasons, while Karissa was named to the third team for the second consecutive year. Both athletes were named to the 2017 ODAC all-tournament team.
Krause was also named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Region team. Hannah was first-team all-state Virginia the last two seasons.
The Hornets were 16-4 for the 2017 season, losing in the ODAC championship game to Washington and Lee 2-1. Lynchburg was 11-7 in 2016, losing in the conference semifinals to Shenandoah 2-1.
Hannah and Karissa were teammates at Sussex Tech until Karissa transferred to her sending district Cape after her sophomore year.
Hannah’s older sister Kayla, a 2012 Sussex Tech graduate, played field hockey at Lynchburg, while Karissa’s younger sister Korrine is a freshman with the Hornets program.
Hannah has five brothers and two sisters, while Karissa has an older brother and younger sister.
“I have met some of my best friends being a Hornet,” Hannah said.
Karissa said: “Lynchburg College has so much to offer, both academically and athletically. In any event, you know there is a whole community in support of you, and the relationships that are established inside and outside the classroom allow for a personalized educational experience.”
Lynchburg field hockey coach Enza Steele said of her two graduating captains: “Hannah and Karissa are outstanding field hockey players and wonderful people. Their intensity at practice, conditioning sessions and games always set the standard for the rest of the team. Leading by example was their motto. Besides being fierce competitors, they were always kind and supportive to their teammates. They will be missed more than words can express.”