This Sunday, Feb. 7 marks the beginning of our University of Dallas Lady Laxers’ season as they welcome the Ottawa University Braves from Kansas. This first game of the season is one of five home games for the women’s team, while eight of their other games will be played on the road. The furthest the ladies will travel is nearly a thousand miles away, in Waukesha, Wis., where they will play Carroll University in early April.
After putting up five wins in 2015, this year’s ladies hope to blow away the team record for wins in a season — a very possible goal under the new “tough but fair” leadership of Coach Lauren Martin. Senior attack/midfielder Hayley Rodgers humbly looks forward to her fourth and final season.
“It’s going to be a growing season, but we have a lot of dedicated girls and an awesome new coach,” Rodgers said.
Indeed, this year will usher in a new era of UD women’s lacrosse as the fresh new team is dominated by 12 freshmen and three sophomores — leaving only three upperclassmen and one graduate student to lead the team. The beginning of this year’s strategy for practice has been, according to Rogers, to “focus on ball control and transitioning,” with the hope of better equipping the team to gain and maintain possession.
The best weekend to watch the team play will be Feb. 26 – 28, when the Lady Crusaders take on the University of Saint Mary and Wartburg College here at home. The girls will also play in Irving March 11 – 13, against Benedictine College and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
With a plethora of fresh young faces and heaps of potential, the Lady Crusaders hope to make this season one to remember.