LACROSSE KICKS OFF PRESEASON AT SOUTH OF THE BORDER TOURNAMENT
The women of the Vanderbilt lacrosse team went head
to head against some of the
finest teams in the NCAA this weekend as they took part
in the annual "South of
the Border" preseason tournament co-hosted by Duke
University and UNC Chapel
The Commodores played five scrimmages against some
of the best teams in the nation. The first of the five
games revealed a powerful offensive presence that UNC
would not be able to overcome.
Vanderbilt's offense was quick to strike as the women
dominated the match, scoring three of four goals in
the first four minutes of action. The Tar Heals of UNC
would rally together to score two goals against the
Commodores, but the crimmage ended with a final score
of four to two, Vanderbilt taking the "W"
with them into the regular season.
Similar efforts occurred in the succeeding games against
Georgetown, Duke, Richmond, and UConn. The Commodores
would learn plenty about defensive support in these
As the overwhelming standout of this tournament, the
Commodore defense, time-after-time, succeeded in warding
off intensive strikes from powerhouse offenses like
that of the Georgetown Hoyas. Sophomore goalkeeper,
Ashley Bastinelli, stood out among the crowd as she
registered 12 saves for the three games she played.
"The girls all played well", defensive coach
Susan Pley recalls. " I am pleased to see everything
that we work on, in practice, finally coming together."
Vanderbilt's confident offense combined with strong
support from the defense should continue to propel the
team forward onto greater levels of success.
Head Coach, Cathy Swezey had positive things to say
about her player's performance this weekend." The
South of the Border Tournament provided an opportunity
to see what our strengths are and what our weaknesses
are. This year, I feel that our strengths definitely
outweigh our weaknesses".
The Commodores will display their strengths in the
regular season opener at Penn State on March 1. Vanderbilt's
first home game will be March 9 at 1:00pm in the Vanderbilt