Women's Lacrosse - Mon, Oct. 28, 2013
Georgetown College women's lacrosse finished off the fall slate with a play day at Baldwin-Wallace. The four-game Sunday helped the Tigers to head into the winter portion with things with which to work.
"These were mostly established new teams," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "What I mean by that is we are a new team, six weeks together, these were new programs either playing their first year as a varsity team or several years into the club scene.
"We didn't perform as well as I would like. This shows we still need to work on the basics and being mentally focused. But, I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing. We played so well a few weekends ago here, new teams can get complacent with success. Now we head into the offseason with a little extra drive."
Davis is already shorthanded in being a first-year program, but injures also took a bite out of the Tigers this past weekend. He was without Merrisa Heraldson before the trip and had Jordan McClure and Brittney Harnage went down during the play day.
"That is difficult when your numbers are already low to begin with," Davis said. "But, it is no excuse and we have to work through those things."
The day started with a 5-1 win over Hiram, which is in its second-year of being a NCAA Division III school. Kaysie Smith netted two goals, while Aleisha Stiltner, Taylor Young and Amber Hunley all had one.
The host school handed GC its first loss since the Centre scrimmage with a 7-1 game. Young was the lone scorer in that tilt.
"They were a well-established team and it showed," Davis said. "Our weakness really shined, but again a team together for six weeks will have things like this and it is important to see what we do with those experiences. We need to learn and grow and I don't doubt that we will."
Lourdes University needed a goal in the final 33 seconds to pull off a 5-4 victory in the third game. Young added two more goals, while Smith and Hunley each had one.
"This was probably our best game of the day," Davis said. "We were more aggressive, and won the ground balls in this match. That's like winning the loose balls in basketball or the free balls in soccer. When you control those, you are controlling the game.
"Offensively, we were more cohesive. This was a good game."
Future Great Midwest Athletic Conference foe Ursuline was the final match for Georgetown. The arrows won 6-3 as Smith scored twice and Hunley once.
"We had a hard time finding our rhythm," Davis. "At this point we were down a few more players. I had one sub. It was just a hard way to end the day and the fall.
"Ursuline was a very good team. They were well balanced and everyone on the field was a threat."
The Tigers now use all the information from the fall, a 3-4 finish to the seven games played, and prepares for the spring schedule.