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Women's lacrosse nearly perfect halfway through season

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Wed, Apr 3rd 2019 02:00 pm
Senior midfielder Hannah Cullen runs from the Kutztown defenders, looking to pass the ball.
Senior midfielder Hannah Cullen runs from the Kutztown defenders, looking to pass the ball.
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Following consecutive blow-out victories to open up its conference account for 2019, The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team has been on fire as of late. The group has now won six of its first seven games, including a perfect 2—0 start in SUNYAC play. 

This season provided the team with five non-league matches to start the schedule, four of which saw Brockport leave victorious. The one loss was at nationally-ranked Ithaca, where the team conceded a season-high 23 goals. Brockport’s conference lineup followed and began with games against Oswego and Potsdam. 

The SUNYAC campaign kicked off on Wednesday, March 27. Brockport’s first competitor was Oswego, one of last year’s SUNYAC semifinalists. Brockport found its feet early and took control of the game from the very first face-off, scoring eight goals in the first period from eight different contributors and holding the opponent to just three goals. The halftime break proved to have benefited Oswego, as the team came out with confidence in the second and scored six goals. Despite its revitalized efforts, Brockport’s firepower was plentiful and a second set of eight goals helped the team cruise to a 16-9 victory. 

In the second of the two conference games of the season thus far, Brockport took on Potsdam, a side which has not been able to find a yearly stride in the region and looks as if a repeat of the losing pattern is imminent again in 2019. 

As its status suggested, Brockport was able to capitalize early and walked all over the Bears to open the first period of the contest. Against all odds, Potsdam was the first side to score in the game but then saw 12 unanswered goals come its way after Brockport clicked following the opening goal. Once the second half came to an end, Brockport walked away with an 18-4 victory and continued its three-game win streak. 

In the thrashing of Potsdam, Brockport’s freshman attacker Allison Jennings tallied a total of four goals and one assist, tying for the second highest scorer on the team with 15 goals to her name this season. The bright prospect has started all but one of Brockport’s games and has scored six goals while assisting on three others in her last three outings in the green and gold shirt. 

Brockport has been nothing short of untouchable this season and while it has brought massive success over the seven-game stretch thus far, the team prioritized focus over results. 

“Each game for us, especially in the conference, is not necessarily about a win or loss,” senior attacker Sara Grapevine said. “It’s easy to get caught up in the big picture or the hype of people thinking we are good based on our record, but really our main goal is to focus on ourselves.” 

Despite starting the conference season on the right foot by coming on top of the two opening games, Brockport arguably faced two of the weaker sides in the conference. While the victories against Oswego and Potsdam cannot go unmentioned, the team will need to consider the powers of the higher-leveled opposition as a target to match. 

“We have been looking at every game like it’s [reigning champion] Cortland and coming out hard because our goal is to win the SUNYACs this year,” senior midfielder Jade Williams said. “We have been really good at picking things up this season and are looking to continue.” 

The Golden Eagles look to defeat Buffalo State for their third consecutive conference win this season. The two teams will face off on Wednesday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in Brockport. The Bengals have split their conference results thus far, while a victory by Brockport will elevate the team to a three-way tie for first in the SUNYAC standings.