The lacrosse season came to an end on April 30, but not before the Duhawks experienced both team and individual success. Loras finished with a 5-10 overall record, 3-6 in conference play.
In their season finale, Loras faced the visiting Augsburg on the Rock Bowl. The Auggies created a 12-1 advantage in the first half showing a strong offense. The teams were more evenly matched in the second half of the game with both sides adding five goals. Unfortunately, the deficit created in the beginning was to much for the Duhawks to overcome as they fell 17-6.
Despite an early end to the season, the team has much to be proud of. The Duhawks have shown much growth in their history, evidenced by setting the program record for wins in a season with five. Additionally, two Duhawks in particular were recognized for their individual achievements on the field.
Senior Kaitlyn Kutsch and freshman Martha Venchus were named to the Second Team All-MWLC.
Kutsch scored 64 goals this season, a mark that led both Loras and the conference. With this performance, Kutsch finished her Loras career with 201 total goals. She also led the team with 71 points, 88 draw controls and two man-up goals. She tallied 35 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers.
Head coach Emily Goetz acknowledges the whole Kutsch’s departure will leave in the roster.
“Losing Kaitlyn will be difficult for sure, she has made a huge impact on this program since day one of our first year. There will be some adjustment on the attack next year, but it will be great to see the development and roles of our other attackers.”
In her first season as a Duhawk, Venchus was a force on defense with a team-best 31 caused turnovers. She also added 38 ground balls. On the offensive end, she tallied five assists and two goals.
Sophomore Nia Stompanato was also honored as an All-Sportsmanship Team selection. She added to the Duhawks’ success with 24 caused turnovers and 41 ground balls, a mark that ranks fourth on the team.
Despite losing three seniors to graduation this year, the lacrosse team looks to come back even stronger next season.