Lacrosse team experiences a winning record for 1st time
Last week, the women’s lacrosse team found out what it felt like to have a winning record.
After back-to-back victories over Carroll and Trine, the Duhawks were above .500 for the first time in the program’s short history.
The excitement was short-lived, however, as Loras lost to both Beloit and Concordia-Wisconsin over the weekend to fall to 2-3. The Duhawks rebounded Tuesday by trouncing Elmhurt, 19-3, to even their record at 3-3.
Last Wednesday, the Duhawks silenced the Trine Thunder, 13-5, in the Rock Bowl thanks to an outstanding performance by Anna Schwalbe who tallied her 50th career goal, scoring four times in the match. On the defensive end, the women forced 44 turnovers and dominated the draw 13-4.
“Our ladies came out and performed well,” said head coach Sam Koenig. “They executed the game plan; our transition game was on. We basically just tired out the other team and just ran past them time and time again. To be able to see them have that joy of winning was really cool, but I think we’re still a ways away; we have to climb back up.”
Loras then traveled to Beloit on Saturday to face the Buccaneers, ultimately losing, 10-8, despite junior Sarah Hanson’s six goals. In the next match, the Falcons of Concordia-Wisconsin humbled the Duhawks, 17-1.
“It’s just the building process: you’re going to go through highs and lows, it’s just college athletics. You’re going to be at your highest high and lowest low maybe all in one or two days… but it’s good; it builds character,” said Koenig.
With these touch losses, though, the Duhawks are able to recognize their weaknesses and work to improve them in future matches. These include double team situations and being patient on offense.
“Each game, though, we’ve talked about it, there’s a new hero per se because of different matchups … overall if we’re getting better as a team, it doesn’t matter who is scoring the goals or making the saves or playing the best defense,” said Koenig,” because at the end of the day it goes down on the stat sheet as a W or and L.”
Koening said the team still is looking to build cohesion and “really click together” as a collective unit.
“College athletics is more than just on the field. If you build that family unit, you’re going to probably be able to do more things than teams that are just made up of individuals,” Koenig said.
With a major mix of years and levels of experience, the lacrosse program is still finding their niche with each other and on the field. However, the girls do seem to spend more time together as a team outside of practice, games and traveling than in years past. This could ultimately transfer over into productivity and teamwork on the field.
“If you’re playing for something greater than yourself, you’re probably going to try a little bit harder,” said Koenig.