On Saturday, Feb 29, the University of Dallas Women’s Lacrosse team went head to head with the Southwestern Pirates in a conference game. The afternoon was sunny and 70 F, according to Coach Kaitlin Cochran it was perfect lacrosse weather.
“Although it was beautiful out, the girls are more used to playing in colder weather. Therefore it is possible to tire easier or feel more tired than typical. I don’t necessarily think this was an impact for us though!” Cochran said.
The Crusaders have several team members who are injured and unable to play, according to Cochran. Therefore, the team had fewer subs, so players on the field were unable to rest.
The girls started out strong, with four goals in the first half. Defensive junior Emily Pauletti netted three unassisted goals and freshman midfielder Ann Rushing scored unassisted once. In the second half, junior attacker Jordyn Buell scored unassisted once.
As the game went on, the Crusaders began to fall behind. “Something I am working on as a coach is how to get our strong start to last the whole 60 minutes. Therefore, as time increased, that’s when things started to struggle,” Cochran said.
The Crusaders fell 25-5. The University of Dallas had eight shots in the first half and three shots in the second half, making half the shots they went for in the game. Southwestern University had 27 shots in the first half and 19 shots in the second half.
Alongside her three goals, Pauletti dominated the offense with seven shots, four shots on goal, two draw controls and a total of five turnovers.
Freshman defense Gabby Dixon led her team in ground balls with four,two of which caused turnovers in Dallas’ favor. Rushing also had two turnovers.
Senior goalkeeper and team captain Lizz Winkler had a tough game with 36 shots taken on her, but she did well in saving 11 shots.
“Our strengths really show in the ability for my players to take the coaching I give them and immediately apply it to the field,” said Cochran. “Sometimes all we need is a quick timeout to re-adjust and play to our full ability again. Our hustle and work ethic is a huge strength for us and how are able to exhibit that right at the first whistle.”
“The girls played really hard. They did take a tough loss, but I know we’ll come back next weekend when we play at Hendrix,” said freshman attack Tierra Allen, who is currently out with a concussion. The team is facing off with Culver-Stockton College on Hendrix’s field next Sunday, Mar 8.
Come support our Women’s Lacrosse team in their next home game! The Crusaders take on Berry College from GA on Wednesday, Mar 11 at 5:00 p.m.