Spring Sport Preview: New Year, Same Challenge For Women’s Lacrosse

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Heather Norris

More than a month in advance to the start to the spring sports season, the C.W. Post women’s lacrosse team has begun preparations for the road ahead.  Coming off their fifth consecutive Final Four appearance, the Pioneers are confident about 2011, and reasonably so.

Lacrosse Magazine released its 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s preseason poll last month, nabbing C.W. Post as 3rd in the nation behind last year’s champion, Adelphi, and Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.  The Pioneers finished their 2010 season with a 16-2 record, falling only to Lock Haven in double-overtime midway through their regular season and Adelphi in the NCAA DII Semifinals.  C.W. Post women’s lacrosse will begin its season March 9th at home against Georgian Court University, and coach Meghan McNamara is already looking forward to an interesting season.

“I think last season was one of our best since ’07,” said McNamara.  The girls just kept coming together and rising to every occasion.  This year, she pointed out, the team is totally new.  With big shoes to fill, she is looking ahead to a great deal of growth and getting to know each other.  “We’re back at ground zero,” she said.  Despite all of the work ahead of them, McNamara is excited for what’s ahead.  “I’m always excited,” she said.  “We have lots of weapons and tools with such a big team.”  And with second-ranked Lock Haven just their 3rd game into the season, this confidence is sure to be tested.

Regardless of the rebuilding and the challenges in the future, the team has one goal that has not changed one bit since last year: make it to the final dance and come out on top.  In the end, no matter how many players were lost or many new players were gained, this may be the only thing necessary to guarantee a successful 2011 season.

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