The women’s lacrosse team played an away match against Haverford College in its second game of the season. The Royals fell to the Fords 5-3. The game shifted from both teams having great offensive success in the first half, with both teams scoring more than three points, to a defensive battle in the second half in which only Haverford managed to get one past the goalie.
The only goals were from sophomore attacker Alexandra Alessi, senior midfielder Emily Goss and sophomore midfielder Meghan Kerr, who also had an assist.
The women’s lacrosse team opened its 2015 season against Messiah University on Feb. 24, losing 16-1. The team is looking to get past this shaky start and get a better start to its season.
Even with the loss, the team saw isolated signs of success. Senior goalkeeper Emily Towey had her third-highest goals saved with 19. Kerr scored the only goal of the game for the team unassisted. Junior midfielder Fiona Keelan and sophomore midfielder Nikole Sullivan both were noted for their impressive defensive efforts.
The team’s next game will be a home matchup against SUNY Buffalo State this Saturday. The team will look to get on the right track in its third game. After that game, the Royals have 14 more games to play until they reach the end of their regular season.
The team will have to face formidable conference opponents such as Drew University and Catholic University on its way to the Landmark Conference playoffs.
Junior Erin Allen, Goss and Keelan are this season’s captains and are faced with the task of training and developing their new first-year players. They, along with the rest of the team, will have to learn to build chemistry with the new players.
Head Coach Cindy Wilson enters her third season in charge of the team. Assistant coaches Whitney Boshart and Jaclyn Calabrese are also relatively new to the team. This is Boshart’s first season on the staff and Calabrese’s second.
The team faces a tough schedule this year, but there are plenty of opportunities for success. The team’s outlook is bright as it gears up for the remainder of the 2015 season.