By Liz Bereit '15
WINCHESTER, Va. - Sophomore Liz Bereit has been giving us an inside look at the women's lacrosse team this season, and this week she hits on a variety of topics as the squad opens its conference slate.
This has been a great week for us! We went 3 for 3 in the past week, including winning our first two ODAC games!
We beat Lynchburg on Saturday, which was the team picked right above us in the ODAC preseason polls! We beat them 17-11 in a very hard-hitting, face-paced game. It was another great team win, and was a fantastic way to finish up our spring break. That game really built up our confidence and enthusiasm as we move on through the season. More on that later!
After the Lynchburg game, we had a tailgate in Aikens (Athletic Center) with our families and friends. Everyone had a great time and ate a lot of delicious food! As we all finished up eating, some of my teammates decided that they should fire up the projector in the classroom we were using and show everyone our song videos from spring break. I don't know about the rest of my teammates, but I for one found it just a bit embarrassing to watch the video of my group in front of my family!… I never anticipated our songs being taped let alone posted all over social media, but if I had I don't think I would have agreed to the dance that my group mates and I decided on. Oh well, you live and you learn I guess!
Ed. Note: I am not going to add to Liz' embarrassment by linking to her video here, but I will say that it can easily be found at a certain website that is known for hosting all types videos.
And searching YouTube for these videos is well worth the effort. ;)
Just a side note about the song groups… unfortunately for my group, Coach Lutz took back her decision of my group winning the competition. Instead, she now claims that the group of Sydney Anderson, Juli Carbone, Miranda Rudacille, Kayla Buechner, and Samantha Regini are the true winners. Certain people (Sydney) really wanted you all to know that. Although, to be fair, their song was hysterical, and I have to agree that they should win.
Ed. Note: All of the groups did a great job. Like I said, searching for them is well worth the time involved… ;)
Saturday was more significant to the lacrosse community, however, than just the meaning of any games that happened to be played that day. On Saturday morning, the bus carrying the Seton Hill women's lacrosse team to a game of their own crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, killing the bus driver and the head coach, who was six months pregnant, and injuring many of the players. Immediately, support sprang up all over the country in the wake of this heartbreaking tragedy. This support came in countless forms, including teams taking moments of silence before games, wearing ribbons of the Seton Hill colors of red and gold, and wearing Coach Kristina Quigley's initials on wristbands and such. I bring this up not to dwell on the story, but to focus on what good has managed to come out of it. How quickly and sincerely everyone has come together still amazes me. It makes me so proud to play lacrosse, and to represent not just myself or my school, but something bigger. I am truly honored to play a sport whose participants know that there are more important things in life than winning and losing. My teammates and I all have our own reasons for playing lacrosse, but we all have a new one in common: we play for SHU.
Ed. Note: The women held moments of silence before Saturday's game against Lynchburg and before Monday's game against Hope. Monday's moment involved both teams joining hands around the center circle and this has been copied across the country during other games this week.
On Monday, we squared off against Hope, holding them to our first shutout of the season! We didn't let the snow, hail, and wind mess with us, even though the elements did cause a late start to our game. Not only did we come away with a convincing win, but freshmen Miranda Rudacille, Olivia Sprau, and Evie Gaffney all scored their first collegiate goals this game! Everyone got significant playing time, and freshman Liz Paras came away with the game ball for all of her hard work during the game. Great work ladies!
Ed. Note: Special thanks go out to the Physical Plant staff in getting the field ready for play. Three members of the staff worked most of the day to clear the field of the snow in time to play the game.
Thursday, we traveled to Bridgewater for our second ODAC game, which we won 13-5. This wasn't one of our better overall performances, but defense came up big for us and we came away with another resounding win. Our record is now 5-1, which we are excited about, but we know we still have a lot of work ahead of us!
This weekend brings us a huge game on Sunday, which is against ODAC co-leader Roanoke at 2 pm at Shentel Stadium. Roanoke is a very talented team that will be a great test for us, but we are excited for the challenge! We hope to see you there!