Written by John Bush-Joseph
Above: Steph Kelly and Ellie Meyer hustle downfield.
The Colorado College women’s lacrosse team kicked off the season with several uncontested victories against weaker opponents, so the Tigers were itching for some better competition over spring break.
The women’s team began spring break with a tough home game against ranked Messiah College. Immediately after, the team packed up and traveled to California for another three games. After coming off of a difficult loss to Messiah 8-16, the Tigers were eager to get on the road and handle business. Despite the loss, the women’s team was starting to build confidence as they saw how consistently they could play at a highly competitive level. Everyone knew the spring break trip would be a grind with its schedule of three games in seven days, but their performance did not disappoint.
In California the team played University of Redlands on March 13 winning 19-12, Chapman University in a dogfight to win 19-15 on March 16, and then wrapped things up with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on March 19.
“We knew the [Chapman and Redlands] games were supposed to be close and that we would have to play some of our best games to win,” said sophomore attacker Stephanie Kelly. “But I think we proved to ourselves that we are a force to be reckoned with.”
The team’s last game of the trip against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges ended in an unfortunate, narrow 11-12 loss. The CMS Athenas scored on a free position goal with only two seconds remaining on the official game clock. While it was a disappointing way to end the game, the rest of the game and the rest of the trip in general really speak volumes to what the Tigers are capable of.
After falling 8-3 by the end of the first half, the Tigers put together a furious comeback that was capped off with a goal by junior midfielder Mary Taussig to tie the score at 11-11 with just 1:36 left to play. While the game had a frustrating final result, the women still had many good signs for the future of the season.
Now with spring break in the rearview mirror, the Tigers have plenty to look forward to. There is still a lot of lacrosse to be played. With their official record at 5-2 after spring break, the women are in a prime position to solidify their team identity and cruise into the second half of the season. In almost every game the Tigers have consistently seen their offense out shoot their opponents as well as win the ground ball war. Key stats like those have allowed the team to continue to grow and develop their offense into a well-oiled machine.
What makes the Tiger’s offense so lethal besides some recent incredible play from junior midfielders Mary Taussig and Abby Sawabini as well as sophomores Stephanie Kelly and Annie DeFrino, is that at any point in time there are five or six players on the field that are more than capable of scoring.
“I think we really have a very unconventional attack which leads to some great offense,” said freshman attacker Nikki Blair. “But it was also really cool to see how we could rally and flip the switch when down and change the momentum of the game fast.”
Normally, defensive game preparation for any team is focused on shutting down another team’s key offensive players, but for the Tiger’s opponents it’s not quite that easy.
The women’s team is looking to make some strong strides towards the second half of the season. The Tigers added another win to their record, defeating Wellesley College 13-10 on Thursday, March 24 as the team celebrated their graduating seniors.