The University of Dallas women’s lacrosse team celebrated senior day on March 26th with a game against Pacific University. The Lady Crusader seniors are four outstanding women and lacrosse players: Katherine Dautenhahn, Teresa Tesoriero, Julianne Watkins and Becky Williams. While the ladies were not able to tally a win, they managed to put six in the net against the Boxers’ 19 goals.
Junior Mary Salotto scored five of those, and sophomore Rose Sweeney scored another one in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Mason also had a notable 13 saves against 32 shots on goal.
The next weekend the ladies took a trip to Decatur, Georgia, where they played Agnes Scott College. The first period looked very promising for the Lady Crusaders, who amassed seven goals against Agnes Scots’ four. Six of those came from Salotto, with one assisted by Tesoriero. Unfortunately, in the second half the Scotties found their offensive momentum and managed to score nine more goals, and the Lady Crusaders suffered a heartbreaking 13-9 loss. One positive aspect of the game was the performance of freshman midfielder Mary Hilker who had two goals. With four seniors leaving, the fans hope that Hilker and other freshmen will carry the 2013 season.
Two days later the ladies traveled to Tennessee, where they played Sewanee University, a powerhouse team in the SCAC. Sewanee dominated the Lady Crusaders for the entire game, shutting them out and scoring 17 goals. Freshmen Alison Fox and Anne Belton each had three groundballs on the game.
This past weekend the ladies played back to back games in Ohio and Kentucky. On Saturday they took on Otterbein University. Otterbein stunned the ladies in the first half by putting up 11 goals against two from Dallas. Even in the face of this adversity, remarkably the ladies came out strong in the second half and played Otterbein evenly, scoring two and allowing two. Fox had two goals, and sophomores Juliauna Rossi and Sweeney each had one, with an assist coming from Tesoriero.
The next day the women played the Centre College Colonels, which ended in an almost identical outcome as the Otterbein game. Although they ended up losing 16-4, they again had a very impressive surge in the second half. Fox put one in the net for Dallas in the first half against 12 from the Colonels. In the second half Salotto tallied three more goals, while the stellar UD defense held Centre to just four. The regular season ends for the ladies this Sunday, when they take on Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.