By Liz Bereit '15
WINCHESTER, Va. - Sophomore Liz Bereit is back for her third edition of "LacrosseRoads", a blog about the SU women's lacrosse team. This week, Liz talks about the squad's season-opening scrimmages.
Ed. Note: I believe I said everything would work out fine with those scrimmages. ;)
We have a lot of work ahead of us, and many things to improve upon, but it was definitely a great starting point. We played smart, particularly considering the fact that we only had one sub for the entire day. We all worked together to make sure that no one exerted herself too much too fast so that we could all last the whole day. We were still exhausted by the end, but playing well (and winning!) made it all worthwhile.
This tournament gave us a lot of great film to watch this week and we all have taken advantage of this opportunity. Up until this point, we have watched our practice film individually and then come together as the whole team to talk about it. This time we split up into three film groups: attack, midfield, and defense. Each group, along with our coaches, set up days to stay after practice to watch the film. These sessions have been very productive because we could focus on things specific to our positions.
Wednesday we played a very funny game at practice. Coach pulled a garbage can out into the dead center of the field (we got paranoid that that meant we were going to be running until we threw up, but thankfully we were not even close to being right), and then she split us up into two teams and gave one team a soccer ball to throw around. We had to get the ball into the garbage can. This sounds like a very simple concept, but it's actually pretty hard to do once everyone starts running around and playing defense! It was hilarious because whoever had the ball always got swarmed.
Several people chose to try the approach of covering the ball like a football and trying to just plow through the crowd, which hardly ever worked but had good entertainment value. The purpose of playing this game was to work on body positioning since we weren't holding our sticks to play defense, but we may have missed the point a little. I distinctly remember hearing Coach mutter, "This is the worst athletic display I've ever seen in my life." She may have been right – we were laughing too hard to do much.
All kidding aside, we have a lot of work to do in order to prepare for our season opener, which is next Wednesday, February 27th, against Mary Washington. Mary Washington has an extremely strong team and our success at the tournament last weekend means nothing in comparison to regular season games.
We are looking forward to the challenge of playing a team like UMW. We have a long road ahead of us to reach our potential, and we will only get there by playing against the toughest competition.
Wish us luck! GO HORNETS!