The Union Women’s Lacrosse Team earned the top-seed Liberty League Championships with their 9-8 victory over Skidmore on Senior Day.
With this win, the Dutchwomen conclude regular season play with an undefeated record in the league and will now play host to the championship, to be played this weekend.
Leading up to this victory, the Dutchwomen played several league games to wrap up their regular season. The Dutchwomen spent the April 17-18 weekend up north as they took on Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
The team narrowly defeated the Saints by a score of 10-9.
In this game, the team was led in scoring by Ciara Dudeck ’15 who netted four goals and also had an assist. Kim Grinhaus ’15 made 15 saves in goal.
In their 13-6 defeat of Clarkson, the team was led by Emily McGrail ’15, who put in four goals. Grinhaus made nine saves.
The following weekend, April 24 and 25, the Dutchwomen took on local rivals RPI and Skidmore to wrap up their regular season.
Against RPI, the Dutchwomen prevailed 11-5. The team was again led by McGrail, who had three goals. Natalie Sullivan ’17 led the team with three goals in their 10-9 nail-biter defeat over Skidmore.
Going into that game, the Dutchwomen held an 8-0 league record, while Skidmore held a 7-1 league record, so that game decided the top-seed for the league championships.
At the Skidmore game, Union’s seven seniors were honored.
The Dutchwomen lose Dudeck, McGrail, Grinhaus, Haley Gould ’15, Annie Nelson ’15, Julia Meier ’15, and Courtney Berg ’15 next year.
The loss of Grinhaus will be difficult for the Dutchwomen although the team does have two underclassmen goalies, Jen Hughes ’17 and Hallie Stone ’18. Hughes has seen limited action this season but has proven to be successful in the time she had.
Dudeck and McGrail’s offensive prowess will also be missed, but underclassmen such as Sullivan, Cailin Pandolfi ’18, Maggie Cominskey ’16, and Jackie Hagopian ’17 will surely step up to fill the void.
The team will host the Liberty League Championships; semifinals will be played on May 1, and the final will be played May 2.