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Women's lax focuses on "family" as season approaches

by Shelby Toth
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 09:00 pm
The Brockport lacrosse team (above) huddles ahead of matches against Cortland during last year's campaign. The team's first game of the 2018 season is against Nazareth College on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The Brockport lacrosse team (above) huddles ahead of matches against Cortland during last year's campaign. The team's first game of the 2018 season is against Nazareth College on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Despite the weather shifting from hot to cold, the spring sports season here at The College at Brockport is upon us. With that, teams that have stayed dormant all school year thus far now have a chance to come out and show off what they’ve been training for, weeks in the making.

The women’s lacrosse team officially starts its season on February 28, when it travels to Nazareth College. Last season, the women beat Nazareth 6-5, in one of their lowest scoring games of the season.

The team finished its 2017 season with an overall record of 16-3. It lost in the second round of both the SUNYAC tournament and the NCAA Tournament, 7-12 and 7-14, respectively.

While the team members are no doubt excited for their season to begin, the big game to watch won’t be happening until April 24, when the Golden Eagles go up against Cortland.

“Our biggest rivalry team that we play is SUNY Cortland, which is always an extremely intense game and a great matchup,” junior defender Nicole Geoghan said. 

The team beat Cortland in regular season play, but were bested by them in the SUNYAC tournament. Geoghan also pointed to the game on March 24 to be an intense matchup, as they will face off against The College of New Jersey, which is currently ranked second in the country.

While any upcoming season for a team can be both exciting and nerve-racking, the women’s lacrosse team seems to be invigorated above all else. Part of that energy stems from the team’s love of one another, and the type of bond the girls all share.

“We are just a bunch of girls who quickly became a family playing the game that we love together,” Geoghan said. “I think we have been so successful in the past because we truly love each other and treat one another like family.”

Senior midfielder Dana Kiselica also spoke on the connection on the team.

“Believe it or not, we all click very well and we can tell we are going to have a great season,” Kiselica said. “Everyone is coming together already and we are only about a month in, so it’s really exciting.”

The family environment the team has will be essential going into the new season. As the dynamics form and the team starts to become one cohesive unit, it becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Geoghan and Kiselica both agree that the mindset going into the new season has been focused, possibly more so than in recent years.

“I feel we have always been a focused team the last two years, but this year is a whole different kind of focus,” Geoghan said. “Not only the players, but the coaches too.”

The team will play in 15 regular season games before hopefully competing in the SUNYAC tournament. The quarter finals will take place on May 1. The senior day for the team will be against New Paltz, on April 28.

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