On Mar. 5, women’s lacrosse faced off against Goucher College. The Mules have been working hard to start their season off as strong as they can, with the help of their coaches.
Nicole Steiner ‘24 scored five goals, scoring three goals with the help of her teammates, one by driving to the goal and the other by a free possession shot. Steiner believes that the goals that are assisted by her teammates are more rewarding than scoring on her own. “It feels great scoring goals and helping the team win. The goals that result from passes from my teammates are the best because it shows teamwork and the connection that we work on in practice,” she said.
Emily Vaughan ‘25, also commended the team’s early success, “We started the season off strong, dominating in our first three games. We work hard each day at practice so that we are ready for conference play. I was very excited to score my first career goal! The team was very happy for me and they have made the transition from basketball to lacrosse very smooth and easy. My basketball fitness and skills have definitely help on the lacrosse field. I felt in shape going into lacrosse season and was about to jump into practice without skipping a beat from the fitness standpoint.”
The close-knit bond of the team is extremely prevalent, as their determination and motivation help fuel the entire team as a whole. Steiner describes that the team “[has] a very close team with great leadership from our captains and upper classmen. We work really hard in practice and it had showed on the field during the games so far this year.”
Steiner also credits the coaches, which is seen to be another beneficial aspect as to why the season has started off so strong. “Our coaches are amazing. They prepare us so well for the games. Like I mentioned, our practices are hard but really fun also because of our coaches. Our coaches give us many different plays that we are able to work off of to help us in times where we need it the most.”
The team seems to be headed to even more success, as they, as well as the coaches, have been putting in immense amounts of effort in order to excel throughout the season. “One big reason for our success so far is because our team really cares about each other. Everyone is supportive and we all work together for a common goal, doing our best on the field.” The bond within the team couldn’t be more evident on and off the field. The team continues to work towards improving their winning streak, this will continue after the break. “Our teamwork has gotten better from the start of the season. As the season continues, we will all get to know each other’s strengths even better and we will continue to gel as [a] team. We understand that the Centennial [Conference] is one of the top DIII conferences. When we get back from spring break we begin the conference schedule. We play against some traditionally great teams and it should be a great challenge for our team” said Steiner.
Individually, Steiner plans on training to benefit the team, saying, “My goal by the end of the season is to become the best player I can be to help our team win. If that means scoring goals or assisting my teammates to score goals or just work hard on the field, whatever it takes, I will do it.”
The Mules will travel down to Hilton Head, S.C., to play during the spring break, Mar. 15 and Mar. 16, when they face off against Framingham State and Mount Aloysius.
All records and statistics are up to date as of 3/8/22.