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Women's lacrosse ready to continue its annual success

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Thu, Feb 21st 2019 02:00 pm
Senior midfielder Jade Williams finished second in goals for Brockport last year with 38.
Senior midfielder Jade Williams finished second in goals for Brockport last year with 38.
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It would be comfortable for a team that has consistently played in the final of a regional tournament to consider itself triumphant, but being comfortable is easy. Despite the massive success over the past three seasons, where The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team has consecutively made it to the SUNYAC finals, it sees itself as an underdog for the upcoming 2019 season. 

Over the past four years, Brockport’s women’s lacrosse program has stunned opposition on its way to solidifying itself as a powerhouse among the 10 teams competing for the SUNYAC title. Along with a group of players who have bought into their team’s ambition, a major key in Brockport’s unchallenged rise to the top of the conference is its humble approach to every campaign. 

The team has cemented itself into a system that scraps all of the expectations given to it from previous seasons and instead focuses on games as they come. Brockport begins every season with a clean slate. 

Just like 2018 and the year previous to that, 2019 is no different. Brockport has remained intact with its values of preparing for challenges one step at a time. With the opener of the season scheduled to begin this upcoming weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 23, the team is ready to start its annual philosophy. 

“We aren’t thinking too far into the future,” senior defender Jillian Babinsky said. “We believe that what you put into the season is what you get out, that’s our only focus.”

Apart from its unwavering mentality, the Golden Eagles’ dominant performances are due to the development of versatile characteristics and firepower. In its previous campaign, the team led its opponents in goals, assists and shot efficiency, all of which have played an offensive role in the three-year streak of making an appearance in the finals of the SUNYAC tournament. 

In all of the four prior seasons, Brockport has fallen to its arch-rival, Cortland, which has been invincible and gone on to win all of the past 10 tournaments. Despite the repeated defeats to the reigning champs, the team has not given in to the pressure of losing out on the trophy year after year. Instead it has kept control of its own path to success.

While the aspirations of the team include lifting the SUNYAC trophy and getting a chance to compete at the national level in the NCAA tournament, Brockport is only focusing on what the upcoming schedule has to offer.

As of the week prior to its opening game against Denison University, the team has been implementing the new group of freshman additions into the rotation while conditioning for the upcoming stretch of regular season matches. The first chance to put its preseason work into action was halted this past weekend after poor weather resulted in the cancelation of a scrimmage against the University of Rochester. 

Although Brockport will enter the season without any preseason action, the team will travel to Ohio to face No. 25 Denison. The tougher opposition will offer a steeper learning curve that can prove to be critical in readjusting for the regional opponents down the road. 

Brockport’s upcoming campaign is set to be driven by the team’s willingness to mark itself as no stronger than any other opponent, just as the team has in all of its previous seasons.

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