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LacrosseRoads Vol. 7, No. 1

The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team opens its 2019 season on February 20 versus Mary Washington.
The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team opens its 2019 season on February 20 versus Mary Washington.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Senior Nakona Wolfe is in her third year of blogging about the women's lacrosse team. In her first post of the spring, she looks forward to an outstanding 2019 season.

Hello ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2019 season! This is my last year blogging here at SU, I will be graduating in May which means that Scott and Sydney will be searching for someone as entertaining as me to take over!

We (the team) back to school on the January 28 and went right to work. We had the day off from classes so we do what we do every year and participate in the MLK Day of Service. This year we helped pack over 15,000 dry meals with for "Stop the Hunger" along with other students and teams from SU. After we got a work out in from packing meals and lifting boxes we had a super fun media day! Stay tuned on the Instagram (@suhornets) to see some of the fun snap shots we took.

Everything is supposed to be all fun and games your first week back at school, right? That's what they call Syllabus week I think. Well while all those other ODAC schools were having their syllabus week, we started grinding. We started lifting with Coach Sabol, running our fitness test and participating in a team wall ball challenge. Over the course of 4 days, the team totaled over 45,000 touches on the wall, passing and shooting. Watch out ODAC, we're coming for the top!

This week, a few of us also met with UVA's four-time national championship coach, Dom Starsia. Both the men's and women's lacrosse teams met with him this fall for an inspirational talk about what it takes to become great. I know personally I left both meetings with fire in my belly to do whatever it took to get our team to the top. One of the greatest lessons I had learned from him on both occasions was "let's be great today".  When you are on a team, you tend to look way too far ahead to big games and big events, but 80% of what we do is practice. If you do not preform great at practice how can you be great in a game? "Let's be great today".

The past two weeks have been a roller coaster. Every year prior to this one, we have had to shovel the field because of overnight snowfall. I told myself (and the team) that this year was going to be different.

Day one of practice was cold but a piece of cake weather-wise. I spoke too soon. Day two, we had to shovel the field! Major eye roll to mother nature, you couldn't have held off with the snow? Day two was a very interesting day. We spent half of practice on the turf and the other half in the gym playing a 3v3 tournament. The next few days ahead of us were freezing! I am sure most of you know that already though. By Sunday it was sunny and 75 (thanks for the inspiration Zac Brown)! Ok maybe it wasn't 75, but it was beautiful out! April (April Reed, ATC), our new trainer, wasn't making us wear our sweat suits as it was sunshine and vitamin D soak up time at practice. Sunday was not only the end of week one but the start of week two in the same day!

Scrimmage week. Preseason was so short this year, two weeks, and then we play our first challenge. I like to call the two scrimmages we play in preseason challenges because, when you play against the same attack and defense during preseason you sometimes get in a routine and then BAM!, you get hit with something totally different when you play some one new. This week we implemented a lot of the things we worked on in the fall as attacking and defensive units.

It will be exciting to see what the team does this weekend. This weekend we are at Hood College for a scrimmage and the following weekend we are home playing Shepherd, a team we played in the fall at our play day (our play day was really successful by the way).  Preseason polls came out today and we are ranked 4th this year.  That is pretty exciting, but when you're up towards the top it is even harder to stay there. I am excited and anxious to see us work hard to not only stay at the top this year, but climb up that poll.

On Wednesday February 20th at 4 p.m. we are opening our season at home against Mary Washington. This will be an intense game. Lots of history here, Coach T, our new assistant coach, played as a goalkeeper there back in the day and our old assistant coach, Coach Tag, moved over there this fall to start a new journey. We're coming for you Coach Tag, you haven't seen what we have in store for you!

This is our year SU fans. Follow our journey though here and stay up to date on games through our Instagram page @suhornetswlax!

See you in the stands soon!

 

Nakona

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