By Chris Klimaszewski
The women’s lacrosse team, ranked no. 6 in the nation, looked to improve to a 2-0 record as they faced Southern Connecticut State University on Wednesday Feb. 27. They got out to an early lead and did not look back.
Junior midfielder Brianna Feldman was the first player to score 37 seconds into the game. Later they had a 9-0 run to close the first half with a 10-0 lead.
Six different players scored goals in the first half including midfield captains Alyssa Mallery and Paige Sherlock. Mallery had a strong performance as she ended the day with a six goals, the most goals
a single player scored during the game.
“It’s never easy, but because of my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to do it without the help from them,” Mallery said.
Freshman goalie Hailey Duchnowski was able to make six saves and went nearly 80 minutes without giving up a goal, including their previous game against Merrimack. “I think that a solid defensive unit can take credit for part of that,” Duchnowski said. “As a team, we worked hard to keep up our communication and it was really exciting to see the results.”
Junior attacker Angela Deren was also highly involved in the team’s win with one goal and four assists. “I had a great day, but there’s always room for improvement, so I can continue to contribute to the team,” Deren said.
Along with the other two attackers, junior Jill Lamanto and sophomore Jamie Alvino had a combined total of nine assists on the day.
“We go out every day in practice and work on developing a chemistry,” Deren said. “It’s really important to know how each and everyone of your teammates play and what their strengths are, so we can give them the right feed.”
Southern Connecticut State University didn’t score until there were 18 minutes left in the game and the powerhouse offense of the women’s lacrosse team overpowered the visitors. “As a team, we managed to keep our strong defensive skills and increase our offense with a better shooting percentage.” Duchnowski said. “Off the draws, we were very strong and never gave up on all the ground balls, especially when SCSU had the ball, we worked hard until we got the ball back or managed to give them little to nothing to shoot at.”
With hard work and hustle on both offense and defense, the final score of the game was 15-5. “It’s awesome that the hard work we put in during the week pays off on the day of our games,” Mallery said. “It’s important to implement what we learn in practice into our games and I really believe we did a really great job doing that against SCSU.”
The women’s team look to improve their record to 3-0 as they take on Pace University, ranked no. 14 in the nation, on Wednesday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at home. Their game against Bentley University on Saturday, March 2 was
postponed due to inclement weather.