Allen Bridge, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 30, 2014
After finishing the season with a record of 11-6 overall and 8-2 in the ODAC, the women’s lacrosse team looks to start their playoff run after earning an opening round bye with the number two seed in the ODAC conference tournament.
“We’re very excited to be in this position that we’ve created for ourselves, of taking the number two seed heading into the playoffs and getting the first round bye. You never want to take going to the playoffs for granted. It’s definitely an accomplishment but we have high expectations for ourselves and we are not surprised to find ourselves here. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve so far, but we are not content with that. We still have work to do to capture the conference title,” said junior midfielder Liz Bereit who has tallied 36 goals and 27 assists for the Hornets this season.
The Hornets didn’t start the season the way they would have liked to, dropping their first three games to Mary Washington, Lebanon Valley and Dickinson. The Hornets picked up the pace after that by winning four straight before going on another three game losing streak, this time to Washington & Lee, Lynchburg and McDaniel.
“We had a couple tough losses in March, especially our loss to Lynchburg. That game was a huge wake up call for us. We all had to take a step back and self reflect. We came together and each of us took responsibility and promised ourselves and each other that we would be better. That really bonded all of us and our whole vibe has changed. We got back to celebrating the little things and just enjoying playing lacrosse together, and the positivity improved our team’s performance dramatically. The results speak for themselves, because we are on a seven-game winning streak,” said Bereit.
After that last loss to McDaniel, the Hornets went on a seven-game winning streak including an overtime thriller against Guilford giving the Hornets momentum heading into the playoffs. The Hornets won that game 16-14 after coming back from six goals down to force overtime, where freshman Erin Higgins scored the game winning goal in overtime to give the Hornets the lead for good.
“We know we have to leave everything we have on the field in order to be successful, especially against the strong teams we face in the ODAC, but we have shown so much heart and talent we have over and over this season and if we continue to do just that, we should have a great postseason performance. We’re not doing anything out of the ordinary just because we’re now in postseason. What we’ve been doing has gotten us this far so we are sticking with it. We’re just focused on improving each day so we can come out strong on game day,” said Bereit.
Unfortunately, their season came to an end when they took on Guilford in the second round of the ODAC tournament, falling 16-11 on Apr. 26.