The first half of the University of Dallas women’s lacrosse game against the Plymouth State University Panthers last Thursday was disappointing for the ladies.
With fast feeds down the middle, the Panthers were able to tally a remarkable 16 goals. For the Lady Crusaders, junior midfielder Mary Salotto scored three first-half goals, one of which was assisted by senior Theresa Tesoriero.
Plymouth dominated both offensively and defensively in the first half. The second half was a very different story.
Sophomore midfielder Rose Sweeney explained the turnaround.
“Although we were disheartened after the first half, our goalie, Sam, fired up the team with a great speech at halftime.”
The ladies buckled down defensively, and sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Mason had eight total saves and five ground balls while allowing only one goal in the half.
The ladies also rallied offensively, scoring six goals and dominating time of possession. Three of the goals came from Salotto, while Tesoriero and freshmen Allison Fox and Mary Hilker each put one in the net.
The Lady Crusaders also had more ground balls in the second half than the Panthers, with seven coming from Salotto. Tesoriero had three ground balls, and Fox, freshman Anne Belton and senior Becky Williams each had two.
Although the game ended in a 17-9 loss for the ladies, they feel they have hit a stride and have learned to come together as a team when facing defeat.
“It was great to see our team clicking in the second half, and we’re going to take that momentum to our game on Monday,” said Sweeney. “Also, we love our coach.”