Women's lacrosse starts off season strong

The Mercyhurst University women’s lacrosse team ended their spring break road trip games with two wins after beating Tiffin University 16-5 and University of Findlay 25-9, giving the Lakers a 3-1 overall record.

“It’s always nice to come back with a bunch of wins at the beginning of the season to keep us accountable for the team. It’s nice knowing our pre-season has paid off,” senior Anna LeGrett said. “Since these were non-conference games a lot of girls got to play.”

Coming back from those wins even stronger, the lacrosse team increased their overall record to 4-1 after beating Lake Erie College on March 19, 24-3.

The Lakers were on a scoring roll as they were already leading the game, 17-1, by halftime. This included a goal by Taylor Ventre just 29 seconds into the game with LeGrett assisting.
“Already winning by that much at half time really showed our strengths throughout the whole team and not just the starters, since everyone got to play. We were able to keep up the intensity the whole time,” junior Rebecca Himes said.

The first PSAC game of the year was played on March 22 against Millersville at Tullio Field. Leading the team to their victory was Himes with seven goals.

“We were really excited to start our conference games because that is where the road to playoffs starts. We have practiced playing against Millersville’s defense so we were prepared for the game” LeGrett said.

Mercyhurst turned the game around quickly after trailing 7-1 at the beginning of the game. During the first half, the Lakers scored six goals within a close time range to bring the score closer and make it a 10-7 game.

“We have been aggressive all over the field. Our defense really steps up for our offense when needed and they switch roles when our defense isn’t stepping up,” Himes said.
The second half of the game was dominated by the Lakers which brought them to win, 20-13.

“We are excited to start playing big games like West Chester, IUP, and Bloomsburg. The games that won’t be huge blowouts and we can show what our real potential is,” Himes said.
Mercyhurst advanced to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the PSAC. The Lakers will travel to East Stroudsburg and Westchester for two PSAC games on March 28 and 29.