By Brandon Martin '13
WINCHESTER, Va. - Senior Brandon Martin has been catching up with a member of each spring team and today, in a special edition of "Mondays with Martin", he talks with junior women's lacrosse team member Erin Oliver.
Erin, a junior defense for the SU women's lacrosse team, has been a huge contribution to the Hornets winning ways this season.
Formally an attacker, Oliver has had to change her game to cater to her new position, defense. Oliver began her lacrosse career her sophomore year of high school and always played on the offensive end of the field. "I always played attack," Oliver said. "We lost a really good defender last year and my coach was like, 'I want you to step up and play [defense]'."
Seems like the transition has been an ingenious idea due to the 8-2 overall start to the season for the Hornets. As a team, SU is scoring 13.5 goals per game while only giving up 8.6 and the squad has held opponents under 10 goals per game in all but four contests this season.
Change is always coupled with difficulties but coaches like Lindsey Lutz help players cope and adapt. "She was really patient with me - sometimes I'm not the easiest person to coach," Oliver commented. "She really pushes us hard and always has us doing different things and is huge on mental toughness."
As a defender, it's never a bad idea to have good chemistry with your goalie. Fortunately for Oliver, her goalie, Ashley Cross is her roommate and good friend. Oliver was selected player of the game for her stingy defensive effort against Bridgewater a week ago despite not recording a single statistic and attributed her great performance to their chemistry.
"On clears, we [Oliver and Cross] just have a connection," said Oliver. "She sees me and I'm open… our transition altogether as a team is really good. I couldn't of done it without them, honestly."
"I get it in my head I want to do something and that's the way it is," Oliver commented.