The University of Dallas women’s lacrosse team played its last game this past Sunday against the Birmingham-Southern Panthers. The lady Crusaders fought a hard battle against the Panthers, but lost 19-5. They faced a difficult opponent that played a physical and aggressive brand of lacrosse. The ladies were also short one player the entire game, which made it very difficult for offensive output.
At halftime, head coach Will Oakley gave his team a speech encouraging them not to lie down in the face of adversity, even though they were down 11-2. They continued to fight and managed to score three more goals in the second half.
Junior Mary Salotto scored all five goals, with an assist from senior Teresa Tesoriero. Salotto finished the season with 52 goals, four away from the school record. Senior Katherine Dautenhahn had four ground balls, and sophomore goalie Samantha Mason had 13 saves.
The end of the game was emotional for the ladies because it was Oakley’s last with the team.
Becky Williams was literally in tears at the end,” said Dautenhahn. “We are all so sad to see him go. He will be missed next season.”
Oakley has coached here since 2009 and helped the Lady Crusaders reach a five-win season in 2011. Under his guidance the program has improved immensely, and both players and fans alike are eager to see who will fill his shoes.
Asked about her final thoughts on the 2012 season, sophomore Rose Sweeney responded, “Our sights are set on 2013. We’re going to work hard this off-season and come back ready to play aggressively. Our goal is the national championship.”