Women’s lacrosse falls to ‘Nova 10-16 in pre-season scrimmage

By Elizabeth Kerstetter
October 6, 2006

Shane Evans

Cabrini’s women’s lacrosse team thrived in Monday night’s scrimmage against Villanova University played under lights at Dixon field. Cabrini, who scored a total of 10 goals, is a division three team and they faced a division one team who totaled 16 goals.

Last season, the Lady Cavs finished with record of 13-7 and 10-0 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Ranked second in the PAC for the 2006 season, the team wants the first spot in the PAC this year.

Before Monday night, the women of Villanova lacrosse had never ventured across the road to face the lady Cavaliers. Both Cabrini coach, Jackie Neary, and Villanova coach, Jebb Chagan, thought an early off-season scrimmage would be a good experience for both sides.

Neary said that under normal, in season play, a division one school would not play a division three school but, due to the close proximity of the schools, neither coach could pass on the chance to see their 2007 team in action.

Monday night’s game was an untraditional three periods of 20 minutes. Normal Pennsylvania Athletic Conference regulation games are two halves of 30 minutes each. Neary said, “The Villanova coach and I decided prior to the scrimmage that three shorter periods would give us the best chance to try new things and test different groups of people together.”

Both teams were pleased with their performance in Monday’s scrimmage and grateful for the opportunity to play competitively in the off-season. Chagan was pleased with the laid back nature of the scrimmage.

Even though he has a large number of recruits trying out this year, “I got to play every kid,” he said.

The scrimmage was important to both teams in that it provides the coaches with a chance to see freshman prospects in a live-action game, and the ability to see the new dynamics among the women on the team.

Neary said to her team after the second period, “We need fighters, people who will chase [the ball].” The scrimmage proved that off-season practices are great for testing skills and stamina, but there is nothing like live action that can show a team’s true potential.

The goals scored were not recorded by either team because the scrimmage was unofficial and the atmosphere was relaxed. Both teams seemed to be enjoying themselves. Chagan said in a team huddle after the game, “That was a lot of fun.”

Chagan was pleased with his teams’ performance and also said he was impressed with the caliber of play his team saw from the Cabrini women. “They have a lot of speed and some very good finishers,” he said.

Nearly too, was very proud of her players, “especially those who play a fall sport, and still came out ready to play” she said. Neary was also very satisfied with the performances from the eight freshmen going out for the team this year.

As the coaches talked together about the scrimmage afterwards, both decided it was something they wanted to do next year.

The main purpose for the scrimmage was, “to bring two neighboring schools together and play some quality lacrosse,” Neary said, “And we did.”

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