Published: April 14, 2016
The University’s women’s lacrosse team has one goal in mind this season: to make it to the Landmark Conference championship.
With a 6-5 record, the women’s lacrosse team is already on track to surpass their 6-10 record of last season, and feel confident that their goal is in reach.
After starting its season with a 14-3 victory over Misericordia University back in February, the team knew that the potential to be great this season was undoubtedly present, and that it would just take some learning and fine-tuning to perfect its skills.
Junior goalie Marne Rossetti said that it was evident from early on in the season that the team had the potential to be a winning team, and that she expects nothing less from herself and her teammates.
“As any athlete can relate, my expectations going into the season were that we were going to be a winning team. I have a lot of faith in my teammates and coaches. Since I was not here for the fall season, I did not know the incoming freshman class until I got back. Once I saw everyone playing on the field, my expectations were reinforced. We are going to the championship,” Rossetti said.
Even after suffering two losses early in the season, Rossetti’s expectations were not altered, and she helped lead the team to a 16-8 victory over Farmingdale State College in the next game.
“It is expected that all teams will go through a period of learning. With that in mind, it took a little time for all of us to get to know one another on a personal and athletic level. Once everyone gelled as a team, talent on both ends of the field was prominent. That is what is keeping us in a good position to finish strong in the Landmark Conference,” Rossetti said.
Talent on both ends of the field is highly apparent at this point in the season, as the team has won six games by a combined total of 50 points against their opponents, and lost five games by a combined total of only 31 points. Five of their six wins were by double digits.
A major contributor to the team’s forceful offensive dominance is junior midfielder Meghan Kerr.
Kerr, who already has 33 goals on the season, agrees with Rossetti that the team has what it takes to win the Landmark Conference championship.
“That is easier said than done, but if we continue to work hard and really come together, it’s definitely possible. We work hard in practice and have come a long way since the beginning of the season. There’s a lot of talent on our team and if we use each of our skills, we can be unstoppable,” Kerr said.
And while the teammates agree that their goal is in sight, they also agree that there is always room for improvement.
“Improvement is always encouraged and we push each other and give feedback every day at practice. We continue to build on our strengths and work on our core values to keep us moving forward,” Kerr said.
As the season progresses, the competition gets tougher, and the team wants to assure that they are playing to their full potential. They continue to work tirelessly at practices and build their relationships with one another on and off the field.
“Our team as a whole is one big family and we get along really well. Although we had a tough loss against Susquehanna on Friday, we are busy preparing for the upcoming games. I’ve been excited to contribute during the season so far and I hope I can continue to do that as the tougher games approach. I’ve been working on more accurate shots too so hopefully the hard work continues to pay off,” Kerr said.
With important conference games approaching, and the Landmark Conference tournament not far in the distance, the women’s lacrosse team is looking to make their mark and prove their dominance.
The women’s lacrosse team plays next at 1 p.m. Saturday at Merchant Marine Academy.
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