Allen Bridge, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 12, 2014
After reaching the ODAC championship game last season, the women’s lacrosse team looks to build on last year’s performance after being picked third in this year’s preseason poll.
“We were ranked third in the preseason poll with no votes for placing first, so that has sparked a fire that has the team fired up and ready to show everyone that we can win this year. One year obviously hasn’t proven anything to anyone, so we just need to keep showing the doubters that we can continue to prove ourselves worthy of the ODAC conference,” said senior attacker Samantha Sisson
The women’s lacrosse team led by Head Coach Lindsey Lutz who finished as runner ups last year in the regular season and fell short of a conference championship, have many key pieces returning to their team led by Sisson and senior goalie Ashley Cross.
“After making it to the championship game last season and having it be our first season in the ODAC was a big accomplishment for us. In the past, when we were in the USA South, we had made it to the championship games as well, but our competition wasn’t as strong as the ODAC. Making it to the championship game last season proved to us and to many others that we can be the team to beat, that we can be on top against good competitors. With the experience I think it is going to help our team in a few ways. It has built our confidence that we can keep up with the competition and it has given us motivation to make it to the championship again. We did it once and got so close that we are hungry for the final score to be in our favor this year,” said Sisson.
Ever since the season ended last year, members from the women’s lacrosse team have not stopped putting in work to improve their game for this year. Over the summer, four members from the lacrosse team– Cross, Erin Oliver, Liz Bereit and Juli Carbone– represented S.U. on the U.S. national team that travelled to Europe to compete in a tournament held in Amsterdam. While it was an experience of a lifetime for the four, no doubt has it made them better players.
On top of that, at the end of last season, Sisson was named to the all-state team as she led the team in goals scored at 51. Sisson looks to extend that mark this season and even break the record for goals scored, as she is 11 goals away from breaking it.
“My personal goals for this season are to just keep doing what I’m doing. I’m only 11 goals away from breaking the record, so that is a good focus point for me, but mostly I just want to help my team get to the championship again and hopefully continue onto the NCAA playoffs. I really just want to make this year our year. I have seen this team develop from individuals into this unified, determined group of girls who want more than anything to play the game they love and show everyone what they can do. So, get ready ODAC, we’re coming for you,” said Sisson.
The women open play against nationally ranked Mary Washington on Feb. 18 as they look to begin their quest for an ODAC championship and a birth in the NCAA playoffs.