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Women's lax snaps six game losing streak in SUNYAC win

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 08:00 pm
Brockport's attack and midfielder starting players (left) get together after combining for a second half goal against Oswego. Brockport's entire lacrosse team (right) perform its game huddle before the opening whistle. The team's poor start to the 2018 campaign came to an end this past weekend when the team managed its first win, beating Oswego 17-14 in a thrilling SUNYAC opening day.
Brockport's attack and midfielder starting players (left) get together after combining for a second half goal against Oswego. Brockport's entire lacrosse team (right) perform its game huddle before the opening whistle. The team's poor start to the 2018 campaign came to an end this past weekend when the team managed its first win, beating Oswego 17-14 in a thrilling SUNYAC opening day.

After struggling to find form while carrying a six-game losing streak, The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team caught its first spark of the season, and it did it when it mattered the most. 

Starting the 2018 campaign with six straight losses wasn’t  part of the team’s expectations, especially after reaching the finals of the SUNYAC championship and going undefeated in the conference in its last season. 

Brockport dealt with a truly tough early schedule, matching up against top-tier teams and two of the highest ranked competitors in the country, in number five Salisbury University and number six The College of New Jersey. The level of start-to-the-season opposition that the team came up against this year is substantially more elite than that of the previous year. 

Falling to six straight affects any team’s confidence and overall mentality, and Brockport was exploited by just that. 

“Our group had a difficult time adjusting to starting the season off with six defeats,” junior midfielder Jade Williams said. “Confidence was just not there and as a result, the team underwent group chemistry sessions which definitely have helped us.” 

“This is the closest team that I have ever been a part of and it’s getting closer game by game.” 

  Confidence was an issue for the Golden Eagles but after a 17 goal, 29 shot on target, and seven assists performance against Oswego, it’s safe to say that they have claimed some of that confidence back. 

This past weekend, on Saturday, March 31, marked the opening day of the SUNYAC schedule for Division III women’s lacrosse, but it most importantly, set the stage for the climb to the SUNYAC championship. 

Knowing that, Brockport went into its matchup against Oswego with retaliation in mind. The team saw its best start to a game this whole season, and managed to go into halftime with a dominant lead of 10 to 5. Brockport’s hot streak fell into a minor lapse after the second half following four quick goals from Oswego’s attack, but that didn’t stop the team’s offensive drive. Brockport’s midfield and attack lineups combined to create beautiful interplay that resulted in an efficient seven goals from 10 shots on target, including a hattrick from Williams. The thrilling match saw the Golden Eagles turn their season around with their first season victory from a final scoreline of 17 to 14 over Oswego. Brockport killed it, and it made a statement for the rest of the conference, but most importantly, the team itself. 

Despite going positive in the conference W/L record, Brockport will need to keep the pace moving in hopes of getting its mentality to a consistent level and further improving on the race for SUNYAC contention.  

“Conference is a whole different story than the early season,” Williams said. “We need to have an impact in our conference to get into a winning SUNYAC rhythm early. 

“The victory over Oswego really took a huge weight off our shoulders, and hopefully we can move forward from those early losses and start taking care of our upcoming games.” 

The Golden Eagles’ win over Oswego was the second highest in goal scoring total of opening day with 17. First was Geneseo, with 20 scored in a blowout over Oneonta. 

Apart from being the best team in all of SUNYACs with a season record of 8—0, Geneseo is also Brockport’s next opponent. The match is set to take place on Wednesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. on Brockport’s turf. A win will set the bar for all of the team’s progression so far and a testimony for what’s to come.

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