Women’s lacrosse making progress despite adversity

Gianna Geraci going into scoop the ball.

On Saturday, the Spartans women’s lacrosse team headed down to Danbury, Connecticut to take on Western Connecticut State University.

Earlier in the week, they played a tough game against Keene State.

“There was excitement going into the second half and disappointment at the outcome of the second half,” said sophomore midfielder Megan Ward. “Overall we’ve just been focusing on making sure that we give our best effort every game and also trying to mix in a little fun with it.”

The Spartans are focusing on what they can control during a difficult season, and the team was excited going into their game against Western Connecticut.

“Practice has been good this week, we took some time to watch film and really dissect our strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the ball to prepare for upcoming games,” said coach Bella Ferraro.

The team recently lost one of their strongest players, senior captain Kimberly McCarthy to an injury.

Colleen Sheridan makes a pass.

“The adjustment has been tough as Kim played everywhere,” said Ferraro.

Fifth-year player Tien Connor made her first appearance between the pipes for the Spartans on Saturday in Danbury. Connor usually plays attack or midfield, but due to the team’s recent struggles, she started the game in net.

“With low numbers, it has been a challenge to make adjustments, but we have managed to make some creative shifts in our defensive and offensive systems in order to save energy, adapt to each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and overall work together,” said Ferraro.

The Spartans fell to Western Connecticut by a score of 20-6, with goals from Phoebe Loomis, Gianna Geraci, and a pair from Megan Ward, and Renny Cota.

Even with the unfortunate result, though, there were positive moments of light. During a 10-minute span in the 4th quarter, Loomis, Cota, and Ward each were able to score unanswered goals.

The team now sits at 2-12 on the year.

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