By Meghan Creane
As spring sports fever begins to spread across campus, one of the teams most excited to get going is women’s lacrosse. After ending their season with a run all the way to the Liberty League semi-final, the Dutchwomen are ready to go even further this coming season. The team will start off their season on March 7 against SUNY Cortland at the Red Dragons’ home field.
The entire team has the same end goals in mind, which, according to Ali Feldman ‘14, are “to make it to the Liberty League playoffs and championship, and then to get a bid to the NCAAs.”
The Dutchwomen have a “young team, consisting of 12 freshmen and seven sophomores, so the team chemistry and dynamic is really new and different this year,” according to Captain Heather Fraser ‘13. Fraser is really looking forward to seeing the “few very talented freshmen” that have recently entered the team’s ranks. Captain Micaela DeSimone ‘14 is excited for the freshmen, “who bring a lot of talent and personality to the team,” and “will definitely help [the] team finally get a first place plaque, because the second place award is really getting old.”
It is clear, simply by talking to the girls, that they have not only a love for the sport of lacrosse, but also a strong love for each other. Both Fraser and DeSimone are fond of the team’s ability to play tricks on each other, including Fraser’s current favorite team memory of “tricking the team into thinking we were going for a run outside after the huge snow storm and instead we brought them to the field to make snowmen and then got pizza afterwards.”
Oddly enough for a group of girls as fit as the lacrosse team, most of their favorite team memories revolve around food, whether it be their tailgates, locker room snacking or finishing game day leftovers at 2 a.m.
As two of the three seniors on the team—and the two girls on the team most likely to be confused for each other—the Fraser sisters are looking forward to their last season together alongside the third senior Tory Cameron. DeSimone spoke of looking up to the three seniors despite “being significantly bigger than all three of them.”
Like the rest of the team, DeSimone is looking to make this season the best possible for the graduating seniors and plans to “do whatever possible to have their backs on the field for our last hoorah together.”
As well as the seniors, Feldman is also looking forward to taking the field with goalie Kim Grinhaus ‘15, who, according to Feldman, “really stepped up for our team last year as a freshman and I can’t wait to see what she does this year.” Fraser is looking forward to playing with DeSimone, who she believes will help lead the team to great success this year as a Junior captain.
Be sure to come out and see how hard each member of this team works for each other as they make a push for first place in the Liberty League and a bid to the NCAAs.