This season holds high hopes for the women’s lacrosse team. Not only is the team looking forward to winning its conference, but it is hoping to go further into the NCAA tournament.
In January, the team started training but has been challenged for gym space due to the basketball teams and other spring sports teams wanting to practice. The team is heading to Florida over spring break and head coach Jackie Neary is excited to see what the girls can do outside. Neary went to Florida when she played for Temple and is glad to “get to go full circle” with her own team.
“It is imperative to get to Florida,” Neary said. While in Florida, the team will start to shape up and bond as a group. Going to Florida allows for a more rigorous practice, with a variety of coaches assisting Neary and helping with the team, as well as some time to enjoy the sun.
As in past years, Neary said the team’s strategies to winning are “keeping to task, taking it one day at a time and not under estimating anyone.”
This is one of the largest rosters Cabrini’s women’s lacrosse team has seen, with 28 players this season. Although it may look like choosing players will be difficult, it only adds to the team’s drive to success. The “internal competition makes the team work harder. They have to compete for their position, and to gain a starting position.”
“We have a young team this year which is great. All the freshman and sophomores are showing great skills and all are great players,” junior Melissa Modesti said.
Neary believes she has many key players, but the team’s captains stand out. All three seniors, Kelli Romano, Ann Dougherty and Maureen McQuade, are key to holding the team to its drive to defend its title.
“The team is full of very different and unique personalities, which makes the seasons very fun and interesting to say the least. We are ready to play and we are ready to win,” Modesti said.
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