Women’s Lacrosse fell to Ithaca College last Wednesday, 9–19, and then lost an 8–9 nailbiter to St. Lawrence University on Saturday.
The Ithaca Bombers were the 17th ranked team in the country entering play Wednesday, and it looked like they could take a tumble after a tight 6–6 first half.
At one point, the ‘Jackets were up 4–2 against the favorites from Ithaca. But the second half proved too much for the ‘Jackets. Ithaca outscored Rochester 13–3 across the second half of play.
Senior Brigid Regan led the way in scoring for UR, with three goals. Seniors Madeline Mullholand and Madeline Levy both added two goals for the ‘Jackets. Levy also had an assist on the day. Sophomore midfielder Jamison Seabury had two assists to go with her one goal and also led the team in draw controls. First-year midfielder Kendra Jones added a goal for the ‘Jackets, and junior goalie Conley Ernst ended the day with eight saves.
The ‘Jackets were back in action on Saturday as they hosted St. Lawrence University for another Liberty League matchup. St. Lawrence jumped out to a quick start after Seabury had put the home team up 1–0. St. Lawrence had seven first-half goals and led 7–3 at halftime. When the second half rolled around, the ‘Jackets started clicking. They outscored their opponents 5–2 in the second half, losing a tough game at home. Levy led the ‘Jackets in scoring Saturday with three goals. Seabury added another goal to bring her total to two on the day. First-year midfielder Mary Panepento and sophomores Maggie McKenna and Jenna Macri all added a goal each as well.
It was another close game that felt like Rochester could come out on top in. The team has lost four games by two goals or less in the beginning of the season but is playing competitively against all opponents. The team knows this too.
“Regardless of our record, we have played well in our games and want to keep our heads up,” Levy said.
The ‘Jackets will take on Bard College this Friday and Vassar College this Saturday. Both will be Liberty League games on the road.
“Vassar is a team that is pretty evenly matched with us,” Levy said.
The ‘Jackets are looking to get in a good week of practice before their upcoming games.
“Our strengths are our strong defense and moving the ball really well in the midfield. This comes from our strong communication and speed,” said Levy.
She added that the team is hoping to focus on making good decisions on the offensive end and taking care of the ball. Levy currently leads the team in goals and has played a pivotal role in the team’s offense this season. The team looks to build off the strong second half performance against St. Lawrence University in their next games. It’ll be hard to keep them from the back of the net if they do. Bard College is currently 2–4 but has dropped the last four in a row. Vassar College is currently 2–5 on the season and has lost its last two games.