Lacrosse sets program mark for season wins

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With only one game remaining in the season, the lacrosse team sits at 5-9 with a 3-5 record in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. With their victory over Beloit on Saturday, the Duhawks set a program record for wins in a season. In the conference matchup against the Buccaneers, Beloit jumped out to the early lead. However, the dynamic duo of juniors Hannah Nelson and Anna Schwalbe struck back when they connected for a goal to even the score. After back and forth play, senior Kaitlyn Kutsch gave Loras their first lead of the day with a pair of goals.

The give and take continued late into the second half as the score was knotted at 10 until Kutsch once again found the back of the net with her 59th goal of the season. The Duhawks’ defense came up huge as they prevented Beloit from evening the score, and Loras held on for the victory.

Head coach Emily Goetz is proud of her team’s progression over the past four seasons and the perseverance of the team, especially this senior class.

“Each year, we have increased stats and wins. We went from one win in 2013 to three wins in 2014, to four wins in 2015 to now five wins in 2016. It’s a steady progression and one seen across the board in our stats as a program. I’m particularly excited for the seniors this year since they have been with me since day one of the program and have experienced all the hardships and successes. I’m really happy they can graduate the program feeling that progression and know how important it is to stick things out even when it’s hard. They have done an incredible job for me, and I’m very proud of them.”

The Duhawks will look to finish the regular season on a winning note when they host Augsburg this upcoming Saturday for senior day. This will be the final career game for three seniors: Nadia Duarte, Shauna Weber and Kaitlyn Kutsch. Coach Goetz knows that her team must play smart to outlast Augsburg.

“It’ll start with controlling the draw and then looking to work off of defenders to support the ball carrier. Quick, accurate decision making and lots of movement out of pressure is the game plan.”

The game time is set for 2 p.m. in the Rock Bowl.

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