Lacrosse team splits penultimate weekend

The women’s lacrosse team is looking forward to carrying their momentum from their win against Johnson & Wales University. The team will travel to Illinois this weekend to take the field for their final games. University of Dallas Photo.

As the 2017 spring season comes to a close, the University of Dallas women’s lacrosse team has only one more weekend of season games. This past weekend, the team traveled to Colorado to face both Benedictine College (KS) and Johnson & Wales University. The team arrived in Colorado on Friday, March 31 in order to be prepared for their game on Saturday.

The Crusaders faced Benedictine College on Saturday, April 1, and fell to the Ravens with a final score of 8-21. The Crusaders only trailed by three goals at the half, but a 12-goal run by Benedictine solidified the loss despite second half-goals from senior Gwen Mohler and freshman Christiane Flynn.

These are Mohler’s final games not only as a lacrosse player for the University of Dallas, but also as the only senior captain for the team. Mohler hopes to make the rest of her games count as a captain.

“I’m so honored to be the senior team captain,” Mohler said. “Looking back three years ago, I never would have thought I would be in this role. It’s great, but it makes me sad to leave this team. They’re like my second family and I’ll miss playing with them.”

During the Benedictine College matchup, freshman goalie Lizz Winkler had to be taken out of the game for the first time this season when she suffered a concussion in the second half.

Freshman offensive and first-time lacrosse player Olivia Severson took Winkler’s place as the new goalie. Despite having never played before, Severson only let in three goals and made four saves during the half. Severson, a dual-sport athlete and one of three goalies for the UD women’s soccer team, did not anticipate using her skills for a different sport in the spring season.

“I wasn’t expecting to play goalie as a lacrosse player,” Severson said. “I couldn’t use my hands to block the ball and there’s so many other things that aren’t the same as being a soccer goalie. It’s a different kind of intensity being a lacrosse goalie, especially when you haven’t had any practice in doing so.”

Despite the tough loss, the team still had one more game against prospective Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) member Johnson & Wales University to redeem themselves before leaving Colorado.

The Crusaders were able to pull out a win on Sunday, beating Johnson & Wales 10-5. Severson played the full game in goal, as Winkler was still out with her concussion. 

Severson had four saves during the game, and the team managed to cause 20 turnovers combined, a season-high for the Crusaders. They dominated during the second half, not allowing Johnson & Wales to score once.

With only two games left, the girls hope to end their season on a high note. The team will conclude their 2017 campaign in Illinois with games against the Illinois Institute of Technology on April 8 and Elmhurst College on April 9.


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