The Marist College Women’s Lacrosse team made a statement on Saturday with a 14-5 win against Colgate.
Senior captain Logan Boyle commented, “I think as a team we played very well, especially for our first time this season playing against someone that wasn’t ourselves.”
Marist closed out the scrimmage at Tenney Stadium with nine more goals than Colgate, making the final score 14-5. The girls started off strong by securing the first goal of the game. At half-time, Marist was up 5-1. In the second half of the game, the team found a good rhythm and scored nine more goals.
Among those scorers was captain Samantha Mehalick, a junior attacker who stated, “There wasn’t any point in the game where we had a lull or stopped trying, which was awesome!”
The team went into the game with the strategy of playing hard for 60 minutes. “We put two full halves together and didn’t ever really let up,” said Boyle, reflecting on their strategy execution.
Senior midfielder Hailey Wagner played an impressive game by dominating most draw controls. This gave the team a better chance of running the ball to the net. Another strong performance came from sophomore goalie, Delaney Galvin, who had multiple saves throughout the game.
Nine of the Marist players scored goals, one including Audrey Cerrone, a senior midfielder who just came back from an ACL injury from last year. It was her first goal since returning. The team had high energy when she scored, running to give her high fives and hugs, screaming in excitement at the same time.
Marist worked hard together as a team on the field, which the girls believe is a big advantage. “The unity and connection we have on the field is one of our biggest strengths and that honestly comes with the relationship we have with each other off the field,” said Boyle.
Mehalick also agreed that the team had such a strong performance because of their connection. “We all work really hard to make each other better every day at practice. We are very good at communicating with one another and have great team chemistry,” Mehalick said.
The Marist Women’s Lacrosse team has been training all fall and winter. They pushed through 6 a.m. practices in the fall and did lots of conditioning, working on their technical game, and discovering more of their strengths and weaknesses before heading into the season.
Junior defender, Emma LeMay admitted, “We’ve worked really hard this preseason to be competition-ready, so it was really rewarding to finally play against another team.”
After their nine goal win, the women’s team feels excited and ready for their upcoming season.
“I’m looking forward to competing and really putting everything we worked on all fall and preseason into real games” said Mehalick. She also commented on the upcoming games saying, “We have a pretty challenging schedule this year so it will be awesome to compete against some teams we’ve never seen before.”
The next Marist College Women’s game will be home at Tenney Stadium on Wednesday Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. where the Red Foxes take on the Army West Point Black Knights.