Rebounds Strong Defeating UNH 12-9 3/17/03
After a disheartening loss to the Yale Bulldogs on
March 14, the Vanderbilt
Lacrosse team (2-2) yearned for redemption. After Friday’s
sloppy contest and
the disappointing of three expectant coaches, Saturday-morning’s
both intensive and extensive. Players drilled not only
the physical aspects of
the game, but the mental components as well.
The Black and Gold went into yesterdays’ contest
against the Wildcats of UNH
craving a win. To the onlooker, one would view the team
that played yesterday
and the team that played two days prior as two completely
different squads. The team that played UNH was hungry
and starved for the ball, as if they had not caught
site of it all season. Both the offense and defense
well which aided in their early lead over the Wildcats.
With strong pressure from a newly motivated offensive
line, Vanderbilt proceeded to win numerous possessions
of the ball. The offense fired off shot
after shot. junior attacker, Lauren Peck, had eight
of those shots alone.
But with a strong UNH defense and an experienced goalkeeper,
Vanderbilt’s goal-to-shot percentage lagged behind.
It was clear that the
Commodores would have to play a smart, clean offense
and shoot when opportunities presented themselves, rather
that just shooting for the sake of
shaking UNH’s defense.
Enjoying an impressive day, junior midfielder, Mary
McCeney, had a cocktail of
statistical trios, scoring three goals, winning three
draw-controls, and causing three of the Wildcat’s
turnovers. McCeney, pleased with the team’s rebound
effort today had this to say.
" Today was really the first opportunity for us
to show that we are and can
play as one team. This is something that we lacked in
the previous three games. I think this game will be
a major stepping stone for us, in terms of playing like
a team for the entire sixty minutes."
Fellow Commodore attackman, Lauren Peck also picked
up three goals as well as an assist. Senior, Tara Schmucker
and junior. Michelle Allen both scored twice during
the contest. And scoring one goal apiece were senior,
Jeanie Crawley and freshman, Kate Hickman.
The Commodore head down to Orlando next weekend to
take on UCONN at Disney. The next home game for Vanderbilt
will be against ALC foe, Northwestern University at
7pm in the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex.