Colorado College women’s lacrosse was led by captains Olivia Steiner ’19, Ellie Meyer ’19, and Nikki Blair ’19 to an 18–13 victory over cross-town rival University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the Tigers’ home opener on Feb. 27.
Attacker Eva King ’20 led the team, scoring four goals. The last of these ignited a 5–1 run midway through the second half, which led the CC to their victory.
The Tigers led 12–7 after sophomore midfielder Avery Bell ’21 scored right away in the second half, but the Mountain Lions rattled off three goals in quick response, pulling back within two goals for the first time since late in the first half.
King put an end to theUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs surge when she took a feed from attacker Maggie O’Donnell ’22 from behind the cage into the left side of the net. O’Donnell finished with four assists and scored the final goal of the game.
Goaltender Alena Stern ’21 finished with nine saves for the Tigers. She made back-to-back stops to open the second half, continuing what has been a great season so far for the shutdown keeper. “The most inspiring thing that happened in the game was probably Alena [Stern] making lots of saves,” King said. “It brings up everyone’s energy when the defense does a good job, and it always makes me feel like the offense now has a job to complete.”
“We didn’t have the strongest start to the game, with UCCS scoring the first goal,” Bell said. “But our team immediately switched our attitudes and cheered each other on to get more focused. Our bench energy was incredible the entire game and even when we were down, everyone stayed positive and uplifting, which helped us pull through and display what we were really made of. It was really awesome to see support from every single player and to see the team work together as a cohesive unit.”
The team practices every day of the week from 3–5 p.m. and lifts three times per week after regular practice in the varsity gym with Head Weightlifting Coach Kevin Cronin.
“We always start practices warming up our bodies, then warming up our stick skills,” Caroline Keller ’21 said. “Normally after that, we will do drill stations. We always incorporate sprinting and conditioning into practices. Last, we almost always end practice with a scrimmage or just playing 7 v. 7 on one end of the field to make scenarios game-like.”
The team incorporates weekly time with the sports psychologist, as well as yoga once or twice a week. Their bond is what makes the team so successful.
“We spend so much time together both on the field and off the field, which really establishes tight friendships,” Bell said “This team constantly has each other’s backs. As a team, we really emphasize positivity and unity and that shows on the field when we work together to make things happen.”
The team’s early successes have made women’s lacrosse excited for what the season has in store. The team resumes play today taking on their first Division III game of the season against rival team Chapman University.