Woman’s Lacrosse finishes at 9-6

Steve Thompson

Sports Editor

When describing the 2011 Mercy College Women’s lacrosse team a few words come to mind. Teamwork. Dedication. Work ethic.

Heading into their final two contests, the Lady Mavs were 7-6 and hoping to finish their second consecutive season with a winning record. A great accomplishment for a program only two years. old.

The squad has looked like night and day this season. Initially, fans were spoiled by the hot 4-1 start. It’s almost as if coming off of last year’s initial success and this year’s quick start that it was a given the team would breeze through the season without much of a hick up.

At times this year the team has looked dominant. The high powered offense showed out in a 19-5 blowout of STAC and a similar 19-3 thrashing of Bridgeport.

The offensive output from last year’s team was more significant, but this team has given up fewer goals on a total than last year. Scoring always looks nice in the box score, but at the end of the day defensive teams tend to have an edge during playoff time

After starting the season 4-1, the Lady Mavs went 3-5 in their next 8 games. The worst performance came during a two game losing streak which included an 18-2 loss to C.W Post.

The team went into the final weekend of the year needing two solid performances to finish the season on a positive note heading into the playoffs. The team would rout Lake Erie 17-11 followed by a grind out 11-8 win over Seton Hill to finish at 9-6.

“We have to stay intense heading into the playoffs. We have been consistent this year so why slack now,” said Liz Rjedkin

Kelsey Sullivan led the team this year with 49 points. Kristen Znaniecki has also followed in suit with 46 points this year. She also boasts one of the team’s highest shot on goal percentages on the team. Marissa Hurley and Meesha Robinson have also been key contributors this year