By Sean McKnight, Sports Editor
Last Friday night, Stetson’s lacrosse team, in their second year, took on #3-ranked Syracuse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and ended up falling to the Orange 25-0.
It was a great experience for this young team to go up against such a challenging opponent and it will prove to help the team grow and be more competitive in their own conference.
Syracuse came out of the gates red hot in this match up and that was evident by their program record 25 points. Within the first minutes, Syracuse was able to find the back of the net.
As an offensive charge, Syracuse’s Alyssa Murray scored four goals and one assist for five total points. Other notable offensive players for the Orange were Kayla Treanor, Katie Webster, Devon Collins, Lisa Rogers and Taylor Poplawski who all scored multiple goals.
On Stetson’s offensive front, their were only two shots recorded. One was from sophomore Danielle Horgan and the other from Samantha Akl. Goalie Caili Guilday and Horgan both picked up one ground ball each.
All in all, Stetson faced a far superior, well-established program who are constantly in contention for the NCAA women’s lacrosse championship. Even though this was a crushing defeat, the Hatters can take many valuable lessons from this experience that will help them grow not only as individuals, but as a team.
It is no easy task starting out as a team, and in its second year, is it safe to say women’s lacrosse is a fledgling program. However, that isn’t to say they cannot be competitive on the field against other teams, especially those in their own conference.
Stetson’s next contest isn’t for another two weeks and it is at home on Feb. 9 against a competitive Oregon team. If the Hatters can spend the next few weeks working out some defensive and offensive kinks by on the field practice along with diligent study of game tape, they will be able to be much more competitive against the Ducks.
Even though the Stetson was given a punishing blow by the Orange, they are no means out for the season. If they can stay healthy, they will stay competitive and with every game they will grow as a team and a program for many years to come.
Head coach Nicole Moore said it best “… Those that stepped onto the field tonight against Syracuse had a great opportunity to be challenged, be pushed, and get better… We are still putting in pieces of our system and will stay focused on bringing this team together both on the field and off.”