Women’s lacrosse opens season 3-0, men’s 2-2

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The University’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams’ seasons are underway, as both teams opened their seasons with home field victories in late February.

The women’s team continued its success after their opening day win with emphatic 12-4 and 17-5 victories over Misericordia University and Lebanon Valley College.

The men’s team lost its next two to No. 18 seeded Cortland State University and No. 2 seeded Rochester Institute of Technology but put its season back on track with a dominant 10-4 victory over King’s College.

Both teams look forward to developing successful, winning seasons while accomplishing the goals they have set out for themselves.

After finishing last year’s season with an impressive 11-6 record, the Royals are eager to find their groove and accumulate another winning season.

While two early season losses may seem like a deterrent to some, the Royals view those games as lessons for them to learn from their mistakes and strengthen their game in all of its aspects.

Junior midfielder Conor Carey noted that the team looks forward to taking what it has learned through its losses and applying that to the rest of their practices and games.

“After the past two losses to the No. 2 ranked Rochester Institute of Technology and No. 18 ranked Cortland I think we have learned a lot and can definitely grow as a team. I think we have a good schedule ahead of us with a lot of opportunities for success where we can go on a winning run and get into a groove before we start conference play,” Carey said.

Conference play is important to the team, as it has made it its goal to bring home a Landmark Conference championship this season after falling to Elizabethtown College in the semifinal round last season.

The Royals also look forward to getting a chance to take on Elizabethtown in regular season play.
“I am most looking forward to our games against our conference rivals of Elizabethtown, Catholic University and Susquehanna,” Carey said.

As the season has progressed, the team has been satisfied with the work it has put into strengthening its play overall, and will continue to work on improving all facets of the game.

“We just have to keep playing fast and stick together and we’ll be just fine. We have a lot of players stepping up into big roles this year and I think as we play together more, we will develop a lot of chemistry and experience and really become a dangerous team come conference play and playoffs,” Carey said.

The Royals play 1 p.m. Saturday at State University of New York at Geneseo.

After getting off to a 3-0 start on the season, the women’s team is confident that it will be able to use this momentum to propel itself through the rest of regular season play.

Senior captain Meghan Kerr, who has already managed to rack up an impressive 10 goals on the season, reflected on what the Royals have accomplished so far and how they plan to continue their success.

“We’ve had a great start and we’re going to keep playing our game and moving forward. We aren’t letting up, just building on what we have every day. I think we just need to keep working hard and constantly improving. We have so much potential that hasn’t even been revealed yet so I think we’re all excited to see where the season takes us,” Kerr said.

The team is looking forward to taking their talent all the way to the Landmark Conference championship. After falling to Catholic University in the finals last season, they are eager to get revenge.

Senior captain Marne Rossetti noted that in order to achieve its goals, the team must work not only on its physicality, but its mentality as well.

“We all need to maintain a mental toughness. The physical aspect of the game can be perfect, but if the mental attitude is negative, we will not move forward. Everyone needs to keep a positive outlook in any situation. Anything can happen in a matter of seconds,” Rossetti said.

The team has placed itself in an excellent position to top its 11-7 record of last season and looks forward to harnessing all the talent that each of the players have to offer this season.