The University’s women’s lacrosse team is back, and it is looking to rebound after a tough loss in last year’s semi-final round of the Landmark Conference Championship.
This season’s Royals will be led by seniors Kerry Sullivan, Mary Armstrong, Erin Green and Shannon Ginty on the field, as second-year Head Coach Cindy Wilson will look to improve on last year’s 9-6 record.
Despite losing seven starters, Sullivan said that the team has created 11 goals to live by. The first is leaving everything they have on the field.
“Our team motto this year is 110,” Sullivan said. “Always giving 110 percent.”
With the significant loss of players to graduation, the Royals welcome 11 new members to the team: 10 first-year players and one sophomore. However, Sullivan said that inexperience has not stopped this team from working hard day in and day out to prepare for this season.
In the 2014 Landmark preseason poll, The Royals are ranked third, putting the team behind Catholic University and defending Landmark Conference Champion Susquehanna University.
Looking to improve on last year’s 2-2 conference record, the Royals will open up this season’s Landmark play against Drew University March 14. The Royals defeated the Rangers 18-8 in last year’s matchup.
With the addition of Elizabethtown College to the Landmark Conference and the United States Merchant Marine Academy adding a women’s lacrosse program, there will be six conference games during the regular season instead of four. Only four of the seven teams will make the Landmark tournament, adding weight to every conference matchup this season. The Royals will finish their regular season and conference play April 26 against the Mariners in Kings, N.Y.
“Ideally we want to get to the championship,” Sullivan said about the team’s Landmark Conference goals.
The regular season opens against Lebanon Valley College Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Field. The Flying Dutchmen are coming off an impressive 13-5 season, which ended with the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament win. At the start of the 2013 campaign, the Royals fell to The Flying Dutchmen 12-11 in Annville. At the start of this 2014 season, they will look to get off to a strong start at home in this non-conference rematch.
Sullivan said junior goalie Emily Towey will be pivotal between the pipes this season, especially with the shake-ups to the starting lineup.
“(Towey) is a voice in the cage,” Sullivan said. “She sees the whole field and she is a very active goalie.”
Although Towey has only started three games in her career as a Royal, she has 13 career appearances, 71 total saves and a 4-2 record.
In addition to the team’s play, there are a few Royals who are on the verge of moving up in some of The University’s all-time categories. Sullivan, who is currently 10th all-time in points and fifth all-time in goals, is 29 points away from the third overall spot for points while junior Emily Goss, who currently holds the 16th all-time spot in points and 11th in goals, is just nine scores away from breaking The University’s top 10.
The Royals will wrap up their preseason play against Swarthmore Saturday.
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