Lacrosse beginning to find footing

Gage Eldridge, Reporter

The Ashland University women’s lacrosse team is beginning to find its stride with two straight wins before a 16-5 loss against Walsh brought the team’s record to 2-6 this season.

Head Coach Lauren Simko believes that her players have made a lot of growth since the season began.

“We have learned a lot from the mistakes we made,” Simko said. “I think they learned that they have to show up every minute of every game.”

Senior Attacker Isabelle Pisani mentions that they have had a struggle in the beginning but are getting a lot better.

“We are getting into conference play and those two wins have given us a lot of hope,” Junior midfielder Natalie Sonntag said.

Eagles have set plenty of goals this season that they hope to achieve. Simko wants her girls to achieve better chemistry.

“We want to win together and lose together and build a better bond,” Pisani said.

More recently the team’s goal has been to get fewer cards on the field and have cleaner plays.

A couple players that have been having standout seasons so far for the Eagles are Sonntag and Junior Midfielder Cassady Becker, who both lead the team in goals with 16 goals each.

“Natalie has been our sort of ‘go-to player’,” Simko said.

Becker has also been a great help in the midfield.

“She is fast, and she is aggressive,” Sonntag said.

The women’s lacrosse team has been working hard in practice. Simko is proud of how hard the women practice and continue to better themselves.

The team does have its bonding time off the field. Pisani mentions that they frequently have team breakfasts and dinners to create a closer bond. It is a great activity and helps them to reach that goal of having great team chemistry.

Simko mentions that the future of the team is looking really bright. The team has done a great job recruiting, and they already have 12 new commits for next season. This is the largest recruitment class for in the history of the program.

“Recruiting has been awesome,” Simko said.

With the team now in the GMAC portion of its schedule, they highly encourage all the fans and students to come out and support the team.

“We would like to get a lot more people to be there,” Pisani said.