Defeats Northwestern 15-8
The Vanderbilt Lacrosse Team defeated fellow American
Lacrosse Conference rival, Northwestern on Tuesday night
in the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. Entering the game
with a 2-3 record and a 0-1 mark in the ALC, the Commodores
were looking to tarnish the 5-1 record of the Northwestern
With a starting lineup that brought some fresh faces
to the foreground, the Commodores shined on both the
offensive and defensive ends of the game. Junior defender,
Joanna Mooney picked up three ground balls, caused three
of Northwestern’s turnovers, as well as scored
one goal for Vanderbilt. But the top offensive stylings
that would show up in this contest would be those of
junior midfielder, Jessica Roguski.
Stepping up to plate, Roguski scored an outstanding
six goals on the Wildcats’
defense. This is quite a difference from what we have
seen from Roguski this
season. With just one goal and one assist after five
games, one might wonder
what made this contest any different from the others?
"With three already disappointing loses, we needed
this win. I knew I could
step it up… not only for me, but mostly for the
team," Roguski says with a
humbled tone. "We all played as a unit, helping
each other to succeed. It took
the pressure off of the individual and placed it on
us as a whole."
With Vanderbilt’s improved team-unified attitude,
a slew of players from
Vanderbilt’s strong offense would penetrate Northwestern’s
defense to score.
Junior attacker Lauren Peck added two goals, as did
senior attacker Colleen
Morris. Junior attacker, Michelle Allen had one goal
and assisted in the
scoring of four more. Sophmore, Meg Spies also had one
goal and helped the
Commodores with two assists. Kate Hickman had one goal
as well as one assist
and Tara Schmucker scored once for the ‘Dores.
In a post-game meeting with the team, Head Coach, Cathy
Swezey, praised the team for fighting hard for a full
sixty minutes. Calling attention to the
prominent team unity, she commented on how the efforts
of the individuals all
added up to form one team endeavor, which ultimately
would aide Vanderbilt in
the win today.
This win evens out Vanderbilt’s ALC record to
1-1 and also evens out their
regular season record as well, 3-3.
Vanderbilt’s next opportunity to compete comes
on Sunday, March 30, as the
Commodores will meet with Hopkins at 1:00pm in the Vanderbilt