After a long hibernation, the New Paltz Hawks women’s lacrosse coaches’ blog is back!! Since we’ve been gone for the entirety of this season, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do on what’s happened so far.
After six weeks of preseason practice and early morning conditioning workouts, March brought a preview of spring and the first games of the lacrosse season. The team kicked off the season on a high note with a 10-6 win against Ramapo College.
In the home opener against Farmingdale State College, the ladies dominated in goals, draws and saves coming out victorious with a score of 14-7.
In the third game in the first six days of the season, the team continued their winning ways against Mount Saint Mary. Starting the game by finding the back of the net an impressive six times in the first five minutes of action, the Hawks maintained a strong command for the remainder of the game easily conquering the Knights 18-6.
While on spring break from classes, we continued our season on the road making trips to play Smith College and Hartwick College. With superb performances by many players, the team triumphed over the Pioneers of Smith by a score of 17-10. This win boosted our record to 4-0 and equaling the program record for wins in a season. This was an impressive achievement seeing as the team had only four wins for the whole 2010 season.
Demonstrating that they are a force to be reckoned with, the team had a sensational performance against Hartwick and notched a last minute (literally) goal to break a tie and win the game 10-9. At this point the Hawks now have the most wins consecutively in a season, most career wins for the programs history and the most wins for a single coach! Great Job to the Lady Hawks!!!!
The 5 game winning streak came to an end, as all good things must, in a game against University of Scranton. The ladies rallied back from a six goal deficit but were unable to overcome the Scranton Royals in the end, losing 12-8.
The first SUNYAC league game was last weekend against SUNY Fredonia. Searching for the team’s first conference win since the 2009 program reinstatement, the ladies went up early on and pulled a four unanswered goals to start the second half, but could not hold on against the strength of the Blue Devils, falling short 18-7.
At this point Samantha DelGaudio and Junior attacker set the program’s all – time record for career points at 113 points; breaking Katie Sharps 109 career points. GREAT JOB SAMANTHA!!!!!!
We will continue SUNYAC play, interspersed by several non-conference games, and look forward to showing our strength, power, fitness and willpower to the opponents that we face. This year’s team has a range of talent and experience, from freshman rookies to established upperclassmen and together they are proving to be a team ready to enter uncharted territory and contend with any competitors.
Stay tuned for frequent updates on our progress and notable highlights. GO LADY HAWKS!!!!!