The women’s lacrosse team had a week of ups and downs, earning their first victory of the season in an impressive home opener against Elmira College on Wednesday, March 20 and then falling in an away match on Saturday, March 23 against Nazareth College. The LadyJackets won against Elmira by a 10-7 margin but were bested by Nazareth in a 6-8 defeat.
UR’s home win on Saturday was a total team effort with seven different athletes creating scoring opportunities. UR started out the game looking strong and ready for blood, scoring seven unanswered goals before halftime.
Still, Elmira refused to walk away in defeat. They countered with two goals, reducing their deficit at halftime to 7-2.
Throughout the second half, Elmira played catch-up both against the LadyJackets and the clock, however, UR’s initial momentum was too much to overcome. The LadyJackets claimed the 10-7 victory, earning their first win of the season.
Key players on the offensive side included sophomore Emily Hogan, who scored four assists and one goal and junior Lindsay Randall, freshman Elizabeth Watson, and sophomore Lauren Basil, who each added two goals to the scoreboard.
On the defensive end, freshman goalie Stephanie Ortell had an impressive performance, making three saves, not to mention LadyJackets Randall and Watson whose strong defense caused several turnovers.
Unlike Wednesday’s game, the Yellowjackets found themselves falling behind from the starting whistle to Nazareth, which took a 7-2 lead at the half.
However, at the start of the second half, UR began to rally with two consecutive goals by Hogan and senior Liza Maizel, giving the Eagles a run for their money.
Nazareth then countered with a goal of their own, scored by Carly Gates. However, UR fought back with two more, narrowing the score to 8-6. Even so, it was simply not enough. Time was not on the LadyJackets’ side as they fell short.
Key players of the night include Maizel, who scored three goals for a hat-trick, and freshman goalie Marissa Traina, who made eleven saves in her first collegiate start.
The LadyJackets hope to improve upon their record in their second home match of the season against Vassar College, on Friday, March 29.
Cozen is a member of the class of 2015.