Women’s Lacrosse Transitions From Coaching Changes

Brian Friel

After a fast start, the Lady Mats lacrosse team is looking to make a run at a league championship. However, in order to do so, the team will need to rebound after an abrupt mid-season coaching change.

Peter Carolan replaces former first-year head coach Katie McMahon as field general for the Lady Mats, and faces the onerous task of guiding the young but talented team to success.

“I like our new coach a lot,” said Marissa Morris ‘11. “It was really disappointing when coach McMahon left, but we just need to rebound and play our best in league.”

Despite a recent loss to Acalanes, the team posts a respectable record of 8-4 (3-2 DFAL) and still has a legitimate chance to compete for a league title.

“The good thing is that we play every team twice, so if we can turn things around and win the rest of our league games we have a shot,” said Morris.

In order for the Lady Mats to make a run though, they will have to rely on some new faces that weren’t on last season’s DFAL championship team. Despite having only four seniors, captains Erin Walsh ‘10 and Emily Hinkamp ‘10 have inspired the relatively inexperience group of underclassman to become key contributors. Alex Seclow ‘11 and Lauren Dougherty ‘13 are x-factors for the team, as they are among the top three statistical leaders in goals and groundballs. Goalie Danie Albo ‘11 has also stepped up, recording 72 saves this season.

Perhaps the biggest test of the season will come on April 30 when the Lady Mats face off against Campolindo. Campo won the last match up in an 11-9 nail-biter on March 30, and will be the first of many hurdles on the Lady Mats road to success.

The Lady Mats will travel to Alhambra today to take on the Bulldogs.