Women’s lacrosse starts season this weekend
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:02
The Marshall University women’s lacrosse will kick off its season as they travel to the University of Kentucky for a weekend tournament.
The team will leave Huntington and travel to Lexington to take on Marquette, Ball State and Ohio University on Saturday, and will play the University of Cincinnati on Sunday in their first tournament. The lacrosse team is part of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League’s division 2, south subdivision.
Team member Marianna Taylor, a secondary Spanish education junior, said she had mixed emotions about playing her first game in three years.
“It’s a mixture of nervousness and excitement,” she said. “I am nervous because I am not sure how the games are going to go and I am excited to finally have our first game coming up.”
Team members have been doing all they can to prepare for the game, including ground balls, catching and throwing, scrimmaging and teaching new girls the rules and regulations.
Taylor said she hopes this will not only help them in this tournament, but for the rest of the season as well.
Many of the girls on the team have never played a lacrosse game and do not know what to expect. Taylor said she feels like it will be a great experience for them.
“Although a lot of the girls have not played, I believe all the girls will play their best and take notes for what is ahead for the games throughout the rest of our season,” Taylor said.
Team captain Sarah Conners, a broadcast journalism major, was part of the lacrosse team last year, which saw little success.
“I am really excited for this tournament. After trying to start the team last year with little success it feels good to have my girls behind me going to UK to play together,” Conners said. “We finally have officially done this and were finally playing.”
Conners said she was most excited to play Cincinnati on Sunday.
“It’s where I am from and where I learned to play,” Conners said. “I know a couple girls on the team from high school, so it should be interesting to have my old teammates as opponents.”
Conners said she feels communication is key in all the victories this weekend.
Sophomore medical imaging major Casey Baker said she thinks Saturday will be exhausting for the team.
“It’s going to be tough playing three games in one day,” Baker said. “I know we will be exhausted by the end of the day, but our game Sunday isn’t until 2 p.m., so we will be able to get enough rest.”
The team will stay at a hotel Saturday night, and Conners said they planned on bringing movies and snacks to help spend Saturday evening resting up for their game against Cincinnati.
The team members will pay for their own expenses on the trip. The girls have assigned drivers, from the team for the two-hour drive, and each passenger will share gas expenses.
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