By Sam Brouwere
The Griffs’ women’s lacrosse team traveled to Eugene, O.R. and earned a big win over the Oregon Ducks on Monday.
The Griffs defeated the Ducks by a score of 15 to 11. After goals from junior Mariah Gatti and junior Jojo Hesketh, the Ducks were able to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead over the Griffs early on in the first half. Not that long after, sophomore Tessa Chad pulled the game to within one for the Griffs. However, junior Mariah Gatti scored two goals to put the Ducks up 4-1with 17:05 remaining in the first half.
The Griffs didn’t let the early deficit bring them down, as not that long after Gatti’s goals, senior Ashley Bull scored an unassisted goal to pull the Griffs within two. The Griffs then were able to outscore the Ducks 6-3 to close out the first half.
The six goals the Griffs scored to close out the half came from sophomore Jourdan Roemer (2), junior Lauren Smolensky, Chad, junior Allie Stewart, and junior Jen Reininger.
In the second half, the Ducks scored quickly tying the game up at nine. The Griffs were then able to score six straight goals to earn a sizable lead. The goals came from junior Allie Stewart (2), another from Chad, Reininger (2), and a goal from the free position by junior Erica Evans. The six straight goals put the Griffs up 14-8 with 9:22 remaining. The Griffs were able to hold onto the lead all the way to the end in their 15-11 victory over the Ducks.
Coach Scott Teeter gave his thoughts on the game. “I thought it was a great lacrosse game,” said Teeter. “I thought we battled for 60 minutes. We got off to a relatively slow start and then battled back in the first half to take the lead going into the locker room. Then I really challenged the girls at halftime; I basically said that we were probably playing a B-minus game if I had to give them a grade, and that it was going to take an A game to win the game. They then came out and scored six of the first seven goals in the second half, and that’s what won us the game.”
The Griffs will, once again, have a big test this weekend, as they are traveling to Syracuse, N.Y. on Saturday to take on the No. 6 Syracuse Orange. This will be the fifth year in a row that the two teams will meet. The Griffs came really to defeating the Orange last season, as they were able to have the game tied at 10 with about six remaining in the game, but the game was postponed due to excessive snow fall on the field. The Griffs would go onto lose in the postponed remaining minutes, 13-11.
This season, the Orange have only played one game; a 18-8 win over the Boston College Eagles on Feb. 11. In the game there were definitely players that stood out for the Orange. Junior Riley Donahue and freshman Emily Hawryschuk both scored four goals in the game, so the Griffs will definitely have to try and contain both players from scoring that high if they want to win.
Coach Teeter spoke to how he feels his team stacks up against the Orange. “Well, we’re confident,” said Teeter. “We know that we can play with them and that stuff we just go to take the next step and have a chance at the end of the game to win it. We were really close last year and it really came down to a couple game-changing things in that little six minute game, but we played a great 55 minutes to get there and to have that chance. If we keep doing that, eventually we’ll win. I think that Syracuse has a different makeup. You don’t see the [Kayla] Treanors, [Halle] Majoranas anymore. They have a really balanced and good team, and a younger team that basically wants to play fast, and they’re showing it.”
Playing the Ducks should warm the Griffs up nicely for their rematch with the Orange. When asked what his expectation are for the game, Coach Teeter said, “Well, obviously, the expectation is to win. You go into every game with that expectation to win, or why would you put them on your schedule? We’ll throw everything we’ve got at them and then use it for preparation in the future for our conference play as well. When we win our conference championship, we could draw in the first or second round a school like Syracuse, so this game is a measuring stick for our program to see where we’re at and we’ll go from there.”