Crusaders claim a victory in Philadelphia

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Meghan Falconer, Contributing Writer

 

The University of Dallas women’s lacrosse team took a spring break trip to Pennsylvania to play against Bryn Athyn College and Cedar Crest College, and then returned to play at home against Western New England University.

Sophomore and captain Hayley Rodgers won the draw to begin the game against Bryn Athyn College. However, Mckenna Acton of Bryn Athyn caused a turnover that enabled her team’s first goal, only a minute and a half into the game.

The University of Dallas defense initially had difficulties keeping a defender matched with each member of Bryn Athyn’s offense. However, toward the end of the half, the defense significantly improved its intercommunication and regained competitive confidence. The half ended with Bryn Athyn significantly ahead, 3-9.

UD really began to synergize at the start of the second half.

The team on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the classic "Rocky" pose, with John G. Avildsen, the director of the movie.
The team on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the classic “Rocky” pose, with John G. Avildsen, the director of the movie. –Photo courtesy of Meghan Falconer

Junior and captain Anne Belton attributes this confidence boost to the efforts of junior Mary Hilker, who scored an astounding eight out of UD’s 10 goals (six in the second half alone), saying, “Mary took over the game! That’s [when] we really began to feel that we could come out on top, despite our difficult first half.”

Although the improvement was significant, there was just not enough time for UD to make up the deficit of the first half, and the game ended 10-12.

After a day of resting and sightseeing, the team traveled to Cedar Crest College on March 11 for another game. Unlike the rough start of the previous game, UD began this competition incredibly strong. This was seen especially in the efforts of their defensemen, Belton, sophomores Shea Mahoney and Mary Frelk, and freshman Mary White, who consistently forced and picked up dropped passes, drove upfield and made good feeds to their midfielders. The half ended with UD ahead 5-4.

The second half only saw improvements from the University of Dallas.

Rodgers attributes this to the team having its “offense really in sync, fluid transitions and [freshman] Mary Davern dominating draw controls.”

Despite sustaining a significant strain in her right quadricep, Belton, motivated by the presence of her family, intercepted a dropped Cedar Crest pass and drove it up field, drawing a foul in the process. She then scored on a penalty shot, making her first goal of the season.

Although evenly matched with Cedar Crest, the University of Dallas came out on top, 11-10, with Rodgers scoring six goals, Hilker and Davern each scoring two, and Belton one.

The game against Western New England, however, did not turn out so well for UD. Due to the great number of UD injuries and the very impressive stick-handling and communication of the opponents, the game ended with WNE winning 18-2.

 

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