By Liz Bereit '15
WINCHESTER, Va. – Sophomore Liz Bereit is heading down the homestretch of her first year of bringing us an inside look at the women's lacrosse program. This week, fresh off a second-seed-clinching win, Liz talks about prepping for the ODAC semi-finals on Saturday.
To kick start our week, seniors Amy Rollins and Corrinne Kosmowski hosted a team for dinner last Friday night. We played a song game before dinner where we were given a word such as "weather," and in groups we had three minutes to come up with as many songs that related to the word as possible. After the time was up, we took turns singing each song on our list and whichever group had the most songs won each round. The group of Ashley Cross, Mary Kogler, Emily Kogler, Amy Rollins and Sydney Anderson won every round. We had a lot of laughs, since really none of us can sing. We all try though. A lot. ;)
The team bonding might have worked its magic, because we got back into the groove with a 15-6 win over Virginia Wesleyan last Saturday. I felt a little bad about beating them on Senior Day, especially when I saw that their seniors were upset, but then I looked at my seniors and didn't feel so bad. We owed them one.
Ed. Note: Liz did feel bad… for about a minute.
Virginia Wesleyan is about four hours away from Winchester, so it was a long day due to travel. Coach encouraged us to bring a motivational movie for the bus ride to the game. The consensus was that we should watch Miracle, but Coach Becca was the only one who owns that movie… and she forgot it. As a result, we watched Stick It. Twice. No one had another movie, so we put it on during the bus ride back home as well. Miranda Rudacille, in particular, didn't seem to mind, as she kept cracking up even the second time through the movie.
We had issues getting food for both the pre- and post-game meals. We stopped at a Quizno's for lunch, but unfortunately only one man was working. He was working as efficiently as he could, but it still took a long time for everyone to get through the line, which aggravated other customers that came in after us. Then, he was trying to accommodate those customers and never got around to ringing us up. We all assumed that he would ring it up at a group rate or something, so we all got back on the bus and Coach waited to pay. When she got up to the register, he said that he needed us all to come back in to tell him what we ordered. This whole fiasco delayed our trip a little, but at the same time, there was nothing to do but laugh.
The original plan for dinner was to stop at Red Robin, and we even called ahead to see if they would be able to accommodate us. We were told that it would not be a problem. Of course, it didn't work out, and no one got bottomless fries or freckled lemonade. Very disappointing. We got to the restaurant and the hostess was unaware of the phone call, and informed us that it would be at least an hour and a half wait. We quickly decided to go over to the mall that was right next to Red Robin and we got food from the food court instead. Going into such a nice mall with my team was risky business, though, and it is amazing that we didn't lose anyone in the process.
The Virginia Wesleyan game was a big game for us because winning meant that we earned the second seed, and a first-round bye, for the ODAC Tournament. The quarterfinals were played on Wednesday, with Washington and Lee defeating Lynchburg 13-9, and Roanoke falling to Randolph-Macon 17-11. We take on Randolph-Macon in a semifinal game on Saturday! We host the game, which is exciting in and of itself. We've had a great week of solid practices and are feeling confident. We can't wait for our chance to prove ourselves!
Ed. Note: Saturday's game is set for a 1:00 start and the Athletic Department is encouraging everyone to wear white.