Women’s lacrosse goes 3 for 4 in stretch

By Jessica Wegelin
April 23, 2009

Megan Pellegrino

The Cabrini women’s lacrosse team came out on the losing end to conference rival Gwynedd-Mercy on Saturday, April 18.

The loss was the second biggest upset in the nation this year, according to LAXpower.com.

“After being on a four-game winning steak we went into Saturday’s game over confident and not giving them enough respect. In the end, those little mistakes were what hurt us the most and cost us the game,” junior cageminder Kate Schmid said.

Despite the set-back the lady Cavs were able to come out of the week with a winning record of 3-1.

“We knew we had a big week ahead of us, but we have been preparing for a four game week all year. The time came, and it was a good outcome, not a sweep of all four games, but anytime when our record has more wins than losses it’s a good week,” Kate Schmid said.

They began the week with an 18-8 win against Immaculata University on Wednesday, April 15.

Cabrini’s attack took control of the game, having five members of the team recording four points.

Junior attack Amanda Alexandrowicz, junior attack Kellie Levy and freshman attack Jacqueline McDermott each had three goals and one assist. Sophomore Courtney Davis was a spark for the lady Cavs, collecting a team best of four draw controls.

“The Immaculata game was a good start to our long week, everyone was able to play and contribute. We all knew we needed to take one game at a time to come out successful, so after the win our focus was on the Rowan game,” senior communication major Anna Scholl said.

On Wednesday, April 16, the women claimed its second win of the week knocking off New Jersey Athletic Conference foe Rowan University.

Junior attack Erin Nollen ignited the Lady Cav’s scoring five goals and recording five points.

Schmid finished the game with 14 saves, including nine in the first half.

“It was a huge win for us, we lost to them last year 15-5 and we all knew it was going to be a competitive game. They are a strong team that always gives us a good game, we just had to work hard in practice and stay strong throughout the entire game,” junior communication major Erin Nollen said.

After having two big wins, the lady Cavs saw its winning streak come to an abrupt end on Saturday, April 18, at the hands of Gwynedd Mercy.

The game ended with a score of 16-14 but featured 14 ties throughout the game.

“It was like a battle field out there, we stayed neck and neck the whole game we just couldn’t get the job done at the end of the day,” Jamie O’Hanlon said.

Alexandrowicz registered four points on four goals in the loss.

Nollen and O’Hanlon each added three points on two goals and one assist.

“We have been preparing all year, but we knew this week would be a test. We didn’t expect to fail to Gwynedd-Mercy but these things happen,” head women’s lacrosse coach Jackie Neary said.

The lady Cav’s bounced back after their tough loss and were able to wrap up their regular season schedule with a win against Colorado College Sunday, April 19, at the Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Nollen led the way for the lady Cavs scoring two goals and supplying an assist.

O’Hanlon and Kristen Vernon each recorded two points with one goal and one assist to help with the win.

Senior defender Christina Romano scooped a team-high five groundballs while senior defender Chrissy Regan and senior attack Kerri Ricker had four.

“The big thing that happened after our loss on Saturday was the players all made self-corrections. It wasn’t anything magical, they just knew what they needed to fix and they did it,” Neary said.

The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament kicks off Saturday, April 25, for the quarterfinal round.

“The team knows what they want and are willing to work hard and make sacrifices to get the job done. We are looking forward to the CSAC playoffs,” Neary said.

Jessica Wegelin

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