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Women’s Lacrosse Returns to Victory

Junior Kelsey Branch prepares to pass during the game against Marymount University. St. Mary’s is currently ranked second in the Capital Athletic Conference. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)
Junior Kelsey Branch prepares to pass during the game against Marymount University. St. Mary’s is currently ranked second in the Capital Athletic Conference. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)

Women’s lacrosse is back on top breaking a 2-game losing streak and the team’s first conference loss. In the team’s last conference game before the playoffs, the Lady

Hawks defeated Stevenson University 16-9.

Despite the wet, overcast weather, the lacrosse team routed the Mustangs, scoring almost half their goals in the first period and leading by four points at halftime.

Despite six goals in the second period, Stevenson was unable to catch up to the Seahawks lead and went home ranked fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
After a 20-8 defeat to Salisbury University, ranked first in the CAC, women’s lacrosse returned to victory against conference adversary Marymount University, defeating the Saints 19-6. The Lady Hawks are now ranked second in the CAC with an impressive 6-1 conference and 11-4 overall record.

The team’s loss on April 4 against Salisbury broke the Seahawks’ undefeated conference streak. During the game, Salisbury took a strong 12-point lead in the first period that the Seahawks were unable to overcome. The Seahawks also had almost twice as many turnovers during the game, further frustrating their chances.

However, this and other recent losses were not without their benefits. Junior Caitlin Nichols said, “I think it really helped us to realize that when we’re playing our game together we have the potential to beat either one of those teams [Salisbury and The College of New Jersey].”

The Lady Hawks significantly improved their performance against Marymount on April 7. The team scored 16 of their 19 goals during the first period, eliminating almost all chances of Marymount’s victory, which had only made 3 goals. The top Seahawk scorers were seniors Lauren Carrier with 4 goals and Allie Zerhusen with 3, and sophomores Aubrey Mirkin with 3 and Maggie Macleay with 3.

Even though the team won, they still remember struggles from earlier in the season. Junior Kelsey Branch said, “Our team can get mentally unfocused or panicky at times and if we can keep our heads together we could greatly improve our team’s efforts.”
Confidence remains high as the season begins to draw to a close. CAC quarterfinals begin April 18. Zerhusen said, “We don’t have any area on the field this year that is weaker than the next. From our goalie, to our defense, through our midfield, and to our attack we all have what it takes to be successful and win big games.”

Nichols said, “I’m really looking forward to getting into the play-offs to hopefully get another chance to show Salisbury what we’ve got.”

The team is pushing to make the CAC tournament and has been working hard all season towards that goal. First year Kimmy Routson said, “[T]he upperclassmen play really dominant roles on the team, and give all of the underclassmen someone to look up to both athletically and academically.”

The Lady Hawks’ next game on April 15 is against Christopher Newport University.

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