Tournament or bust for Lady Cavaliers

By Megan Bernatavitz
February 26, 2009

As the girls lacrosse season gears up in less than three weeks, Head Coach Jackie Neary has high expectations for the team.

With intense conditioning, scrimmages and 6 a.m. practices, the women’s lacrosse team is ready for their first game against Franklin and Marshall College on Wednesday, March 4.

“We only lost two strong players this year and our freshmen are very talented,” junior exercise science and health promotion major Amanda Alexandrowicz said. “I am most excited for the CSAC championship because the seniors and I have yet to win one.”

With a 13-6 record ending last year, the girls are hoping for an even better season.

“We try to approach every game with the same intensity; however, there are some games that you know are going to be extra tough, like opening up with the No. 2 team in the nation, Franklin and Marshall,” Neary said. “Every game counts and we know we need to play hard, and execute at a high level all the time in order to make this a rewarding season.”

They will get help from Reid Watson, the newest assistant coach.

Prior to his move to Cabrini, Watson was an assistant coach for the University of Delaware for four seasons.

“The new addition to the coaching staff has already made a difference in a good way,” Alexandrowicz said.

One of the premier returning players is junior Erin Nollen.

“We have lost in the championship the past three years so this year we’re pissed off and determined to win,” Nollen said.

Nollen led the girls in scoring with 64 goals and 15 assists last season.

She was also named PAC player of the year, PAC First Team, PAC all-academic and Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All Region Metro Region Second Team.

“My personal goal is to lead the team any way I can to help reach our overall goal which is to win the league,” Nollen said.

After making it to the Eastern College Athletic Conference last season, Neary has long and short term goals for the girls.

“Currently we are looking forward to improving during our pre-season. We hope to continue to grow as a team with the ultimate goal being to make the CSAC playoffs and advance into the NCAAs,” Neary said.

Neary knows that hard work and dedication are two key components of what her team needs to become a winning team.

She also plans a trip to Florida every year during spring break, so her players are able to practice and bond as a team.

When asked what she enjoyed most about joining the girls lacrosse team, Jacky McDermmit, freshman elementary education

Tournament or bust for Lady Cavaliers

Junior English and communication major Erin Nollen gets surrounded by four Eastern defenders while carrying the ball during a game played last season.

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major, said, “The girls on my team are incredible. I never thought within the first month I would have such a strong bond with them; they are like family already. They make me feel so comfortable and are always going out of their way to help. Having Jackie as a coach really is a privilege and I do not think I could have picked a better team to play with.”

“If we use all of our skills and play like we know how, than there is no reason why we shouldn’t meet Neary’s expectations for the team,” Alexandrowicz said.

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