Lacrosse team gaining grit and determination

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Now in their third season of competition, the Loras women’s lacrosse team has made strides toward improving, despite their fairly young squad. While they currently stand at 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, the Duhawks broke a four-game losing streak with a nail-biting 11-10 victory over the Carroll University Pioneers, with Senior Kaitlin Kutsch striking for 8 goals. The Pioneers scored two late goals to make it a one score game, but Kutsch was able to run out the clock and seal the victory for Loras.

Loras tried to ride this momentum into their next matchup, traveling to Lisle, IL, for a conference game against the Benedictine Eagles. The home team struck early and often as they buried five goals within the first ten minutes to rip momentum from the Duhawks.

Kutsch added two goals to cut into the lead, but Loras’ defense could not stop the Eagles’ attack. Junior Hannah Nelson added two goals and fellow junior Anna Schwalbe added another to pace the offense. Sophomore goalie Ashley McGee made 10 saves, reaching double digits for the fourth time this season. Unfortunately for Loras, this was not enough, as they fell to Benedictine, 18-7.

Despite their lacking records, the Duhawks have shown flashes of brilliance as the season has progressed. As mentioned before, senior midfielder Kaitlin Kutsch has paced the offense through 10 games, scoring 39 goals to go along with five assists for a total of 44 points. The Dubuque native has put up some gaudy numbers this season, including 10 goals scored in a victory over Hilbert on March 22.

Along with Nelson, Schwalbe and Kutsch, sophomore Sarah Hanson has provided a big spark of hope for the future of the program as she is second on the team with 11 goals and seven assists.

The Duhawks will play their next home game on Friday, April 15 against Concordia Chicago. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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