By Caroline Ryan, Griffin Ward
Editor-in-Chief, Contributing Writer
The women’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Bridgeport 15-2 in the East Coast Conference at a home game on April 4.
The team began the game with a 9-0 lead. The Pioneers’ defense kept Bridgeport from scoring until the 6:40 mark. In the second half of the game, the Pioneers were able to remain in the lead until the final goal at 8:53.
The defense was strong, only allowing Bridgeport 16 shots throughout the game. Olivia Kirk, senior, made six saves, and Jill Hummel, sophomore, added one save in relief preventing Bridgeport from gaining advantage.
“I think our biggest asset is that everyone plays really well together and we have a lot of hard workers. I think we are really good at reading each other, and that ability to play together really helps on the field,”Mackenzie Hitchcock, junior attacker for the women’s lacrosse team said. Hitchcock added an assist during the game.
The team is always working on improving their play, “We have hit a few bumps in the road, we had a couple of losses but it showed us where we need to improve,” Hitchcock said. “We come out every day with the goal of getting better and hopefully hitting our best point at the end of the season and going into the playoffs.”
Sophomore mid fielders, Alyssa Mallery and Brianna Feldman aided in the win, with Mallery scoring five goals followed by Feldmanwith four goals, three ground balls and two turnovers.
“Our offense is very dominant, you can’t just shut us down. The team is very unselfish and they really love to play with each other anduse each other to be successful,” coach, Meghan McNamara said.
“Our defense is also very strong. We’re just going to be feeding off of that and continue to keep building and create every option, so we are unstoppable,” she added.
The Pioneers’ next game is Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. against Saint Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY.