27 players. 17 games. 14 wins and 1 loss. 7-1 in the PSAC and two games left to go in the season. That’s a lot of numbers for the Mercyhurst College women’s lacrosse team.
But what do all these numbers mean? Victory, success, achievement, pride. The women share a tight bond and anyone can probably tell you that together the Lakers make a near perfect team. Aside from the incredible numbers the team is achieving, they aren’t getting caught up in their triumphs and are continuing to work harder day in and day out.
“We still have a lot to improve on and we’re still winning games,” freshman Kayla Minner said. “But when we get to where we want to be, I think other teams are going to have a lot of trouble.”
And trouble is definitely something the other teams are running into as the women posted three huge victories against opponents this week. Taking down Gannon, Slippery Rock, and Shippensburg University, the team further boosted their record to 14-1.
It seems as though whatever you put past these mighty Lakers, they will achieve. Still, not to get ahead of themselves, the women are going to focus on their remaining two games before they get caught up in playoff fever.
Playoffs depend strongly on the next two games.
In order to clinch a first-round bye going into the PSAC conference tournament, the Lakers must first conquer Lock Haven University on Saturday.
Minner says this has been one of the team’s goals since day one, and “anything short of it will be disappointing.”
Setting high goals for themselves will only make the team better and stronger.
“No matter what the team or what game we have to go out and play our hardest every time,” Minner said.
She agrees that the season has flown by. With this being said and knowing that the season is nearing its end, the team is going to do everything to ensure that they give it their all, leaving everything they have on the field. Minner says now is the time.
“It’s the time of the season where everyone needs to start peaking, and really working together. It’s the time where people need to dig deep and give it everything they have because one bad performance could mean the end of the season,” Miner said.
It’s their time to shine.
The Lakers are on the road today to take on Indiana University in their penultimate regular season contest, aiming to roll out another victory.