LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
- The Stetson lacrosse team played its first and only exhibition of the
spring over the weekend, falling to the Haudenosaunee National Team by a score
of 19-10. The contest between the
Hatters and members of the Iroquois was a part of the Champion Challenge at
ESPN's Wide World of Sports.
"The experience of taking the team down to the Wide World of
Sports to play against a national team is one that we would jump at again!"
Stetson head coach Nicole Moore said. "The opportunity for us to play against
outside competition before we start our season was invaluable. We were able to see what works for us, what
we need to continue to work on, and get the start of the season jitters out. We
were able to see some great combinations in play and it gives us feedback to
use as a teaching tool."
Stetson will begin its regular season at home at the
Athletics Training Center on Sunday, Feb. 10 against Liberty. This weekend's contest was the Hatters' only
game against outside competition before the first ever lacrosse season at
Stetson truly begins.
"We opened up by scoring the first goal and really played
well in the first half," Moore said of the game. "We had to make adjustments at halftime to
counter their attack, and the team took those points and made the changes. Although
we only had nine practices prior to the game, the team ran our plays well and
started to find success with one another."
After recently being selected in a tie for second in the
Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches' poll, there has certainly been a
wealth of excitement surrounding Stetson's lacrosse team. This weekend, a number of individuals stood
out to Moore.
"Whitney Meyers kept us in the game and came up with some
huge saves," Moore said of the goalkeeper.
"Mary Kate O'Sullivan was solid in the midfield and showed the tenacity
that she brings to the game. Mallory
Tluchowski and Danielle Horgan both stood out on the attack by putting the ball
in the back of the net. It was exciting to see Paige Levesque open up the
scoring with the game's first goal since she is returning from an injury. Her
presence will be a great addition to our attack. Though these are just a few
that stood out, our entire team played hard, stayed positive, in the moment,
and showed their potential in coming together on the field!"
Stetson will continue to practice over the next two weeks
before opening the 2013 campaign with seven straight home games.