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Georgetown College women's lacrosse team opened its schedule of games Sunday afternoon at Centre College. This is the inaugural season and is classified as a club team until the 2015-16 season.
"It is all about building and learning right now," said Tiger head coach Brandon Davis. "We saw improvement throughout the game Sunday at that is huge."
Davis, who is no stranger to building a program from the ground up, has nine recruits who have played lacrosse mixed with seven ladies who have athletic backgrounds but not necessarily played lacrosse.
Centre won handily, 22-8, but it was not the scoreboard that interested the coach.
"We are progressing very quickly," Davis said. "My players pick things up mentally so quickly and that means we aren't having to go over them again and again. The most important thing I was seeing yesterday was from beginning to end we were getting better every minute."
Sunday was the first time for the Tigers, 17 players on the roster and just 16 available for fall action, to play a full 12-on-12 game. Most of the time, GC is having to play short-side games with a seven-on-seven set up.
"This is small in numbers when you are talking practice, so to be able to get on the field and play a full 12 was a learning experience," Davis said. "We had three starters that were playing their first lacrosse game ever. We don't get to practice much of the transition game at times, but as the game with Centre went on you could see them understanding and doing what they needed."
In the building stages Davis says one of the keys is to remain confident so as the talent comes along the players have not built a mental block.
"Confidence is huge. Our goalie comes off saying she had a bad day, looking at the bottom line of giving up 22 goals, something of course she is not used to by any means. However, I have to remind her that she made 23 stops in the first half alone. She keeps on that pace and the field players in front of her get a better handle on things, teams will struggle to score."
It was 16-3 at the half and in the final 20 minutes Davis had his players take things five minutes at a time. In the four segments, GC lost two by a total of three goals, tied one and won one.
"That's what I'm talking about and trying to get across to them right now," Davis said. "When we just took things five minutes at a time, we were much better. At the start of the game, Centre was scoring almost ever 90 seconds. By the end, we were containing and controlling better."
The first-year college coach is very pleased with his players and the work ethic they have shown since fully forming back in early September.
"They are willing and have been putting in the work necessary to build this program," Davis said. "This is exactly what it takes in getting the foundation for success. They are good athletes and are willing to put in the work and have put in the work from practices, lifting and game film, right now I'm pleased with how this is going."
Georgetown continues its fall season with its first ever home games Saturday. The Tigers play Xavier at 10 am and Cincinnati at 1 pm. They follow that up with a tournament Oct. 27 at Baldwin-Wallace University. The team will play four games there – Hiram, Baldwin-Wallace, Ursuline and Lourdes.