With shortened seasons due to COVID-19 complications, the University of Dallas Men’s and Women’s lacrosse teams have already played a quarter of their scheduled matchups thus far. The Men’s team has only played two games this season, with a record of 0-2. The Women’s team has gotten off to a slow start as well, losing their first three games of the season.
Due to a month delay from weather conditions and COVID-19, the Crusaders mens team’s season kicked off on March 7 against Centenary College. UD had a strong start in the first period, going up 2-0 on the versatile Gents defense. However, the Crusaders could not hold their lead in the last three periods, letting in seven goals in total. UD had no answer to the Gents’ strong offensive output. The Crusader offense was completely shut down until a quick two goal score in the final period.
The Crusaders were led by Matt Senter, who had a hat trick during the match, and Austin Gibbons (St. Charles, Illinois) who scored a man-up goal in the 4th period. Most of the game took place on the Crusaders’ side of the field, as the Gents had 56 total shot attempts compared to UD’s 13. The Crusaders were defeated by the Gents 7-4.
Freshman Andrew Le (San Antonio, Texas) gave a positive spin on the team’s performance despite the close loss: “We’ve been learning more and more as we play each game and have seen a lot of improvement on the team. I’d have to say we played really well for only having 1 sub. I’m proud of my team’s performance and hope to get better throughout the season.”
The Crusaders second match was against Huntington College on March 19. With an improved offensive performance, the UD men’s team put 7 goals on the scoreboard but could not get the edge on the defensive side of the field, allowing 19 total goals from the Hawks. Dan McCrorey (Reno, Nevada), Gibbons and Senter all gave respectable performances, each scoring 2 goals and combining for 16 ground balls. The Crusaders unfortunately fell to the Hawks 19-7.
Austin Gibbons, junior attacker, commented on their performance in their matchup against Huntingdon College: “The team played a tremendous game, especially in comparison to the Centenary game. Our defense stood on their head, frequently they shoulder[ed] the majority of in game heat. Our goalie Michael White (Colleyville, Texas) has…[had]incredible save percentages each game.”
The UD Women’s lacrosse team began their season on March 6 against Midland University. The Crusaders gained the lead early in the first period, with two quick goals. However, the Warriors struck back forcefully and held a 9-3 lead at the end of the first half. UD’s offense could not catch up to the Warriors’ strong scoring output for the remainder of the game and suffered a loss to Midland in an ending score of 15-7.
Emily Pauletti (Dallas, Texas) led the team with 4 goals and Lizzy Elfelt (Brookfield, Wis.) scored a pair of goals.Angela Bawardi (Fort Worth, Texas) had one score as well. The ground ball game was dominated by captain Gabby Dixon (San Diego, Calif.) and Kathleen Rodda (Granite Bay, Calif.), putting up a total of 15.
Following similar themes in both games, the Crusaders played Piedmont College on March 14 and Ottawa University on March 20.
The UD Women’s team suffered double digit losses in both of their performances despite great efforts from Dixon, Bawardi, and Elfelt. The Crusaders only managed to score a pair of goals in both games from Dixon and Pauletti due to being placed against two difficult opponents. The Crusaders fell to Piedmont College 22-1. In their most recent game against Ottawa University, UD was defeated 23-1.
Freshman Clarissa Duvurri (San Marcos, California) said, “Since we have a lot of new players, games have been a great learning experience. We are practicing everyday and most of us are doing extra conditioning after practice in order to get ourselves more fit. We are also bringing a good attitude to practice and putting 100% effort in everything like we would in a game.”
Despite no wins from both squads, the two lacrosse teams maintain a hopeful and positive attitude towards their future performances. The UD men’s lacrosse team plays Colorado College on March 28 while the women’s team faces off against Colorado College around two weeks later on April 11th.