Women’s lacrosse team battles conference foes

Duhawks sit 5-5 headed into the thick of conference play

Over the past few weeks, the Duhawks have made program history with big conference wins. These included wins over Benedictine and Wartburg, 11-8 and 15-13, respectively, the first time in program history that they’ve done so. They also won against Elmhurst, 14-9, during Spring Break, and against Beloit, 14-11, on Senior Day this past Saturday.

“We’ve improved a lot when it comes to playing as a team, we have strong transitions down the field and everyone has strong leading passes. On the offensive end, we’ve gotten much more aggressive on drives and we’re able to find cutters,” Vega said, attributing the win.

The Duhawks faced Beloit on Saturday, April 7 in the Rock Bowl. Offensively, the Duhawks functioned as a balanced unit, with goals coming from throughout the roster. Notably, in the Senior Day win, senior Sarah Hanson became the second player in program history to reach 100 goals.

Though there have been highlight and the women currently sit at 5-5 overall, there have been some tough losses as well. Most recently on April 8, the Duhawks struggled against Concordia, Wisconsin, losing 19-2 to the Falcons. Concordia came out with an early lead, and it wasn’t until near the end of the first half that sophomore Olivia Flynn found the back of the net off a free position for her 31st goal of the season.

Then, towards the end of the second half, junior Renata Veljacic found the net herself for her 18th of the season. Senior Goalie Ashley McGee has shined in net, posting 14 saves in the loss to Concordia, and 11 saves in the win against Beloit.

“Something that we’ve struggled with is finding momentum and drive during tough games, and believing that we can match up against the stronger team. We need to be able to continue to fight while down, and keeping the mental toughness up and realizing that we have a lot of game left is crucial,” said Vega.

The Duhawks look to the heart of their conference play, taking on Augsburg this Saturday, the last in the Rock Bowl this season before renovations take place. The matchup is set to start at 1 p.m.

“Augsburg is a strong team, but we’ve got to realize that every team is beatable and we have to walk in there ready to put up a fight,” said Vega.

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Halea Griffin is a sports writer for The Lorian.

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