The Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team has recorded 12 wins on the season and only three losses.
The team was on an eight-game winning streak before falling to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival West Chester, 5-19.
The Lakers celebrated senior day with a win over Millersville University, winning 11-7. Honored on the afternoon were seniors Brittany Tucker, Kayla Minner and Alisha Catalino. The win clinched a playoff berth in the PSAC Tournament. The team has been ranked No. 15 in the latest polls.
Junior captain Sarah Stokes noted the senior members of this year’s squad for much of the team’s success.
“Our seniors have brought a high degree of intensity to the game that noticeably spreads,” said Stokes. “In difficult situations, both on and off the field, everyone looks up to the seniors for their guidance, persistence and leadership.”
Stokes believes the sky is the limit in the PSAC tournament and playing a complete 60-minute game, both offensively and defensively, will ensure success.
“From here on out, the next game is the most important game of the season,” said Stokes. “The PSAC tournament is a chance to get redemption and re-do the mistakes we made during the regular season.”
Of the team’s three losses, only two were within the PSAC: West Chester and IUP.
“One of our biggest strengths this year has been the ability to overcome adversity and work together as a team to win,” said Stokes. “We have capitalized on our ability versus our opponents.”
With having three seniors, two of them captains, leadership has played an integral role in the success of the 2013 team.
The Lakers next game is against cross-town rival Gannon. With a win, the Lakers would earn home field advantage for the first round of the PSAC tournament.