The Stetson lacrosse team (0-1) returns to action this
Sunday playing host to San Diego State (0-0) in the second of seven straight
home games to start its inaugural season.
The first draw between the Hatters and the Aztecs is scheduled for 11:00
a.m. at the Athletic Training Center.
Stetson opened its first ever season of lacrosse in dramatic
style last Sunday, as freshman Melanie Fredericks scored the first goal in
program history less than 10 minutes into play against Liberty. The Hatter lead was short lived, but with two
more goals from sophomore Samantha Akl and a number of other positives, Stetson
was excited about moving forward after the opener.
"It was quite interesting to have to watch the game being
streamed live since I was stranded from the winter blizzard that hit the
Northeast," Stetson head coach Nicole Moore said. "I definitely saw a first year
program out there on the field. Some of our decision making was not strong and
we definitely went in waves with our consistency. These are all things that we
will continue to strengthen, and as our team plays more together throughout
this season, those changes will occur. It is always a very special moment for
the first game, as it is a game of recorded firsts, no matter what the outcome
of the game is."
San Diego State opens its season today, making the trip
across the country to play a pair of games in the Sunshine State. The Aztecs, who were 5-10 overall and 2-5 in
the MPSF last season, will play at Jacksonville on Saturday before making the
trip down to DeLand to challenge the Hatters. SDSU returns its top four
starters from 2012, including Maris Walsh, who totaled 47 goals a year ago.
"SDSU is a newer program with a year of experience under
their belts," Moore said. "I respect the coaching staff and their abilities,
and I foresee a good competitive game on Sunday."
A live video stream for Sunday's game will be available on
HatterVision. Live Stats, the
@StetsonLacrosse Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game
updates. Be sure to check out the
Stetson University Women's Lacrosse Facebook page for an inside look at this
first year program.
"We spoke as a team about our mentality and what it is like out
there during the first game," Moore concluded. "We are working on our
communication within all facets of the game, as well as our settled attack and
defense. For me personally, it will be great to be on the sidelines again with