By: Jacob Walsh
Before the season, Women’s Lacrosse was voted to finish fifth out of nine in the PAC (Presidents’ Athletic Conference) preseason rankings. The team then suffered a season-opening loss to Allegheny. After the loss, Women’s Lacrosse set out on a hot streak. The Tomcats scored a combined 38 points to 8 against their next two opponents. The team currently sits at 2-1 with no conference games played.
For the Women’s Lacrosse home opener, the team put on a dominant performance, beating La Roche 24-0. Six Tomcats combined for the landslide of scoring. Ashlyn Wightman and Camy Seman both notched seven goals. Maddy Wightman and Destiny Johnson matched each other with four goals apiece. Adding to the duos of equal scoring came Samantha Kurchena and Juanima Van Zandt, each with a goal. Goalkeeper Madison Liggett had an easy shutout but still held strong by saving three opposing shots.
Sophomore Annie Boyd (#8) gave her input on the key factors towards the tremendous victory, “the most important aspect to our win was the communication between the team as well as how well we work with each other”. With a big early-season win came the question, “would it propel the team to hold that type of success”? Boyd responded that “this type of play will help us in our future games to lead us to winning PAC Championships”. Lastly, it was asked how she felt about the season’s future after the first few games, “I think the season will turn out great if we continue to work hard”.
After the first 3 games, Ashlyn Wightman leads the team in goals (14) and points (14). Following close behind her are Camy Seman (9 G, 1A, 10 PTS) and Destiny Johnson (8G, 4A, 12PTS). Goalkeeper Madison Liggett has played all three games (2-1). She stands with 38 saves and a .633% save percentage. Ligget has let in only 22 goals with a 7.33 Goals Against Average.
For their next game, the Tomcats defeated Meadville 14-8 on Saturday, March 19th. The team plays their next game Saturday (3/26) at Oberlin College (1:00 P.M.). Their first conference matchup will be against Waynesburg, at home on Saturday, April 2nd (5:00 P.M.).
Image Credit: Ed Mailliard