Women’s lax opens strong

By Nina Scimenes
March 18, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

Spring break training paid off for the Lady Cavs with a 14-1 victory against Alvernia. Winning the first game of the season set high expectations for the team. The Lady Cavs are ready for what’s next on its schedule.

The Lady Cavs dominated the field the whole game on Saturday, March 13. Junior AnneMarie Greenwald scored the first goal of the game. The Lady Cavs only allowed one lucky goal to be made by the Lady Crusaders.

“They threw their passes too much,” freshman attack Allison Sachs said. During the game the Lady Cavs were always the first to a loose ball. Gaining ground balls made it possible for teammates to make runs utilizing the playing field. Sophomore Caroline Smith was successful with making runs from the back helping the Lady Cavs advance on goal. Until the last minutes of the game the Lady Cavs still had attempts on goal and persevered until the final play.

Training over spring break in Florida is what head coach Jackie Neary considers the team’s secret to its success. Neary hopes the training has helped to prepare the team for another successful season after winning the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference last year.

Eleven freshmen are a new addition to the team. “They have a lot of speed and talent,” assistant coach Jen Friz said. Florida training was the first time they were able to practice a lot with the team. “We are trying to work them into our system,” Neary said. The freshmen were able to be a part of the entire team bonding together and getting geared up for the season. Leading the young team are senior captains Anne Dougherty Maureen McQuade and Kelli Romano.

Their time in Florida was vital because they did not have much practice time in the gym. Due to weather and field conditions outside practices were hard to schedule as well. Neary was impressed with the work of many players during the training in Florida. “A lot of sophomores and juniors showed great performances in Florida,” Neary said. Juniors Julie Smith and Greenwald were among the players Neary mentioned to stand out while training over spring break.

The Lady Cavs are looking for a bigger challenge in upcoming games. “A win’s a win, but were looking to play against some strong opponents,” Neary said.

Posted to the web by: Cecelia Francisco

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