The women’s lacrosse team headed into the final stretch of the season with their last two home games at the Rock Bowl this weekend. The Duhawks dropped a pair of games to Aurora University and Benedictine University to drop to 4-11 on the season.
In Saturday’s matchup against Aurora, a balanced attack led the Duhawk offense to seven goals in front of the home crowd.
Sophomore Hailey Frederick and junior captain Kaitlyn Kutsch each poured in two goals.
Other goals were scored by sophomore Anna Schwalbe, freshman Katie Kulas and senior Gina Dacy. Aurora’s offense proved too much, however, as the Duhawks fell, 18-7.
“Playing on our own turf in the Rock Bowl always helps our team,” Dacy said. “It’s so great to be at home in front of our friends and classmates. It always provides that extra boost of motivation that we need. Playing on the Rock Bowl is truly an amazing experience every time we’re out there.”
“The Rock Bowl is such a fun place to play,” said first-year goalkeeper Ashley McGee, who tallied double-digit saves for the fifth time this season. “I think it does benefit the team having an on-campus field and knowing that during the day if we have a break we are able to go shoot around alone or get a group together to go pass around as well.”
Sunday’s Senior Day matchup against the Eagles of Benedictine recognized Duhawk seniors Gina Dacy and Eliza Slanker for their dedication and effort they’ve put forth for the lacrosse program.
After a 6-0 start by Bendictine, the Duhawks crawled back to a one point loss. Kutsch led the Duhawks with three goals, while Shwalbe, sophomore Hannah Nelson, and first-years Sarah Hanson and Nia Stompanato each added a goal.
“With the end of our season coming this weekend we hope to make a name for the program and end on a high note,” said Mcgee. “We hope to finish strong. This doesn’t always mean with a win, but we want to see progress from Fall ball to now. We’re still a young program closing in on our third season, so being able to see progress excites all of us for the future and helps us strive for continuing to grow the program.”
The Duhawks will travel to Kansas City, MO, for their final regular season game against Rockhurst College (4-7) .
“As we wrap up our season, one of our main goals is to continue working together as a team and with a positive attitude,” said Dacy. “It’s been our focus the past week at practice and it has helped us to continue to come together and grow as a team. We’re working to carry that through to our final game at Rockhurst and into the 2016 season.”