Women's Lacrosse Season Blog
Freshmen Natalie Colonna (Montgomery, N.J.), Meighan Grady (Darien, Conn.) and Mary Kate Vanecko (Chicago, Ill.) discuss the ninth week of the season.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Today was a good day for HCWLAX. After our loss to Bucknell this weekend, we know we have to win our next PL games and everyone is kicking it into gear. Our practice was high intensity, and per usual when coach puts defense vs. offense, very competitive. The theme this week is quick decisions and you could definitely tell that's what was happening at practice today. We are looking forward to our games against Harvard and Navy this week as the weather gets warmer and we spring into April!!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Today we prepared for our game against Harvard. ONE DAY! was chanted throughout practice as a reminder to work hard and get excited. Today was one of the first practices that the majority of us practiced in only a t-shirt and shorts, a big excitement after being bundled up for so long! Defense focused a lot on forcing to their help while attack focused on re-defending. We ended practice with the usual 7v7, and by usual I mean that there were plenty of freshmen falling. Today it was Bitty and Ana who collided while crashing onto an attacker, ending up on the ground laughing; leaving the rest of us questioning if they were laughing or crying. It was a good day of work and everyone is pumped for tomorrow... FIGHT! BEAT HARVARD!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Today, we lost a tough game to Harvard at home. Although everyone worked hard, we couldn't combat the quickness of the Harvard offense. We will look to learn from our mistakes today and brush off the loss as we focus on Navy this Saturday!!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
After coming off a tough loss to Harvard, we really started to focus in on what we have to do to be as successful as possible moving forward. We had a short one hour practice on the astro turf followed by an hour of film on Navy. As a team we picked three things the offense wants from the defense and vice versa as well as three things the players want from the coaches. It was a beautiful day to be outside and we made the most of it!
Friday, April 11, 2014
ONE DAY! The combination of intensity for preparing for Navy, excitement for senior day, and the warm weather brought out so much energy in everyone which made for a great practice today. Everyone was out on the astro turf before practice to shoot and pass around so we were ready to go once it was time to kick the men's team off the lower field. After warm ups we focused on draw controls, defense focused on being aggressive on ball and cutters, and attack focused on spreading out and using space. Everyone can't wait for the game tomorrow... FIGHT! BEAT NAVY!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Senior Day!!! The underclassmen worked hard decorating the locker room and the field for our five seniors. We had a team breakfast and morning shoot around before our 2:00 p.m. game versus Navy. We showed a lot of heart and played a high intensity game but unfortunately lost 8-6. We talked about how we need to let this loss motivate us as we reach the tail end of our season. We will miss you seniors!!
Sophomores Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) discuss the eighth week of the season.
Monday, March 31, 2014
After a long weekend of traveling home from Loyola University, we come to practice wanting to work on the basics. We mostly practiced one v. ones and the full-field ride. Senior goalie Sarah Weber suited up as a field player and wanted to jump in to our drills. She almost got away with it until coach realized she was on the field instead of in the net! Two days until game day!!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
April and warmer weather have finally arrived! An April Fool's Day joke was played on coach today when Sarah Weber walked into the locker room with a sling trying to fake an injury, but coach was not fooled. Then we got serious and watched film on Boston College in preparation for our game tomorrow. Today we focused on practicing zone defense and running through our plays. One day until game day!!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
IT'S GAME DAY!!! Today we played in Boston at 5:00 p.m. against #5 Boston College. We unfortunately lost but it was a hard-fought and intense game.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Today we practiced on the astro turf in preparation for our next game against Bucknell. It was a beautiful day and we were finally able to shed some layers and wear only shorts and t-shirts during practice! We worked mainly on defense today and watched film afterwards. Tonight was also the Holy Cross SAAC Sixth Annual Date Auction!! One player from each Holy Cross athletic team was auctioned off for a date to raise money for St. John's Church Food Program. We ended up raising over $3,000! Our team auctioned off freshman Tess MacKay and she was bought by her boyfriend on the men's lacrosse team!! Young love!!!! Two days until game day!!
Friday, April 4, 2014
Today we woke up bright and early for our 7:00 a.m. practice. We worked on our attacking plays and ground balls on the astro turf. After practice, we all went to class and then left for Pennsylvania at 3:30 p.m. We spent all night on the bus but stopped at Bertucci's for a delicious meal-to-go!! One day until game day!!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
IT'S GAME DAY!!! This morning we had breakfast at the Country Cupboard before our 1:00 p.m. game against Bucknell! We had a rough start to our game but we were able to come back in the final few minutes to make it a one-goal match. Unfortunately we were not able to tie it up and we lost 8-7. After a tasty tailgate, we hopped on the bus once again for our ride home to Worcester.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Today is our day off and we are using it to physically and mentally regroup and prepare for our next big game on Wednesday against Harvard!
Sophomores Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) discuss the seventh week of the season.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Saturday is our only game this week against Patriot League rival, Loyola, so coach gave us the day off to rest up and mentally prepare for the week ahead and our big game in five DAYS!!!!!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
We started out practice today with a challenge competition! Today it was a 3v3 for two minutes, make it take it. After a competitive two minutes it was Kaitlin Concilio, Maddy Smith and Bitty Furman who came out on top, getting everyone pumped for a fun first practice of the week! Later we did the attack's favorite shooting drill, followed by some full field clear drills, and 5v5 and 7v7. 4 DAYS UNTIL LOYOLA!!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Today we faced the Worcester winds outside for another day of practice. We started out with some mini drills within the eight-meter trying to keep ourselves warm and moving. After some intense 7v7 we were able to escape Mother Nature and go inside to watch some film. Hopefully tomorrow, it will be a nicer day outside! ONLY 3 MORE DAYS!!!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
With not having a game on Wednesday this week, we were itching to get to Maryland to play Loyola. Today was our last practice at home before we leave for the game on Friday so we were excited to get outside and play! Today we worked on a lot of shooting and clears. We also practiced some different situations on D. To finish off practice we did another challenge. This time it was the 8-meter challenge between all four grades! After a controversial missed foul against Allison Hoffman (representing the great sophomore class), it was Natalie Colonna who came through for the freshmen to win the challenge. The sophomores will get them next time! 2 DAYS!!
Friday, March 28, 2014
6:00 a.m. wake up call! We boarded the bus early in the morning for the airport to catch our 9:30 a.m. flight to Baltimore. Everyone was so excited when we finally landed, especially our very own MacKenzie Bozel who is from Baltimore! We got in our cars and headed over to our hotel for some delicious lunch before practice at 3:00 p.m. When we got to Loyola for practice we were so excited to be able to play in shorts and t-shirts in the warm Maryland weather. Today was a fun and high intensity practice as we finished preparing to face the Hounds! After practice, there was a great dinner awaiting us at the hotel. Afterwards we watched some more film in Laura and Lindsay's room. Everyone then went back to their rooms to rest up for the big game TOMORROW! 1 MORE DAY! BEAT LOYOLA!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
GAME DAY! GAME DAY! GAME DAY! Everyone woke up ready for a battle against Loyola. We faced the Greyhounds in the pouring rain and unfortunately didn't end up with the W. Even though we lost we took a lot away from the game, ready for when we see them again. The Bozels then hosted us at their favorite local restaurant, Joey Chiu's, where we were treated with an amazing meal! THANK YOU BOZELS!! Afterwards, we headed to airport where we got some prime bonding time in after our flight was delayed 5 hours. 3:00 a.m. FINALLY HOME IN WORCESTER! After a long week and lots of travel we get to take the day off on Sunday and get ready for a big week ahead where we will face BC and Bucknell. GO CROSS!
Monday, March 17, 2014
After coming off of a two-game winning streak and a day off, we are ready to face Boston University! Knowing that each Patriot League game is one step closer to the Patriot League Championship, we know we have to stay focused and get two productive practices in before facing newcomers, BU. This practice we really worked on shooting and defending the cutters – both are aspects that will be key to winning in our upcoming game.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
ONE DAY. We met up in the locker room to watch some film on BU and go over our game plan for tomorrow. At practice we went through a lot of 7v7 to work on both our attack and defense. The intensity in practice today was high, knowing that we have the opportunity to go 3-0 in the Patriot League. We all want it more than anything so we stayed focus despite the cold, late practice!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
GAME DAY. Everyone went through their pregame rituals on the hour-long bus ride to BU to get ready for the game. It was no secret that the game would be fairly back and forth. Although we trailed 7-2 at one point, we were able to fight back to make the score 7-6. Unfortunately, our fight to the end was too little, too late and the game ended in BU's favor 8-6. Although this was a hiccup in our PLC path, we had another league game in three days to redeem ourselves.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
After a devastating loss to BU, we needed to start focusing on Lafayette. We met for practice to watch some film on Lafayette as we wanted to know all of their ins and outs. Practice was pretty short but sweet today after film to give our legs a little bit of a rest after a tough game yesterday but every drill got us more and more ready for our next game.
Friday, March 21, 2014
ONE DAY. We met to watch some more film on Lafayette today to make sure we are well prepared for the game tomorrow. In practice we went over our ride and clears. We also learned some new plays to use against Lafayette (they won't even know what hit them)!!!!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
GAME DAY! We got up early for team meal at 9:00 a.m. and all headed right up to Hart to get ready for the game. After going over our scouting report one last time, we all felt 100% prepared for the game. We had a rough first half and went into half time trailing 5-3. We knew we really had to turn things around in the second half and start to build momentum in our favor. We came out strong, scoring six unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. However, Lafayette was able to catch back up to us ending regulation tied 10-10. That meant overtime. With emotions running high we were able to hold Lafayette scoreless in overtime thanks to Sarah Weber's great saves! Kaitlin Concillio scored the GAME WINNING GOAL moving us ahead in the Patriot League with a 3-1 record!!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Freshman Allison Hoffman (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Catherine Rutter (Summit, N.J.) discuss the fifth week of the season.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Today we got some exciting news: Our game for Wednesday against Brown is moved to tomorrow!! We are super pumped to only have less than 24 hours until game time, and we just got done with a great and exciting practice. Everyone is motivated to play our hardest against Brown and make a statement. We know that we can compete with them and are so excited to get a win for assistant Coach Kacie's birthday!!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Worcester weather forecast shows that Wednesday is going to be a washout so today is GAMEDAY!! On top of having the game to be excited about, we were determined to get a win for our assistant coach, Kacie, who celebrated her 23rd year of birth. At halftime, we found ourselves leading 5-3. However, mistakes seemed to get the best of us in the second half and Brown came away with the win, 9-6.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Today, the team came together at practice time to regroup so we can focus on our next game, on Saturday against American. Although we had a tough loss yesterday, our Patriot League games are of utmost importance to us, so it is CRUCIAL that we refocus ourselves and pull together for a win. American is a competitive Patriot League team and we know we will have to bring our A-game to get the win! We want to become 2-0 in the Patriot League and make a statement for our upcoming Patriot League games.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A freak cold front forced us to move practice inside to Forekicks. While our time slot was short, we managed to get in a solid and productive practice of clears, passing drills and attacking sets in preparation for American on Saturday.
Friday, March 14, 2014
GAME TOMORROW GAME TOMORROW GAME TOMORROW!!! Our coaches could not have prepared us more for this game. We have watched so much film on American's attack, defense and zone ride. We know everything about their team and now we just need to execute and PLAY OUR GAME. We are so excited to play the game we love and we know that American is beatable. Soooo we are going to get a good night's sleep and wake up from our beauty sleep ready to fight and win tomorrow.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Today is Saturday, which means GAMEDAY! With blue skies and the sun shining, it is a beautiful day for a battle against another Patriot League foe, American. We started the morning off with a team shoot-around and then made our way to Kimball for a pre-game meal. 4:00 p.m. rolled around and we took the field. After a hard-fought 60 minutes, our hard work paid off and we clinched another league win, 9-7! 2-0 in the Patriot League!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Gotta rest up for our HUGE week ahead of us! We have TWO Patriot League games coming up and we want to be 2-0 this week!
Junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) and freshman Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) discuss the fourth week of the season including two victories.
Monday, March 3, 2014
After our FIRST WIN against Stetson we woke up early to get some breakfast before heading off to practice. After a good hard practice we ate lunch at Panera while basking in the Florida sun and then headed to the Zoo to do some zip lining [after a little detour thanks to Kacie Lewis ;)]. Some participants did not make it through the course (Kate Martino) while others suffered from various animal attacks (Anna Johnson) but in all we had a 90% completion rate. Later that night we went to dinner at Carmella's Italian Bistro followed up by a nice trip to the local sweet shop. Our very own Lactose Intolerant, Tess MacKay, decided to test her luck by drinking a milk shake—she failed miserably.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Once again we woke up nice and early for a gourmet lobby breakfast and headed to Stetson for practice. We really focused on our game plan for tomorrow's match up against Sacred Heart. After practice, some people headed over to the local mall to shop with Coach (who came away with a nice outfit!! Looking good, Coach!), while others decided to hang back at the hotel and rest before dinner. For dinner we ate at Smokey Bones and then returned to the hotel for some team activities. After having some team bonding everyone headed to bed early to get rest for the big game.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Everyone got up this morning and went to breakfast for a nice hearty pregame meal. After breakfast we all had a quick ash Wednesday service (thanks Mrs. Ryan!!) and got blessed with ashes. Then we all piled into the vans and headed to the Stetson field. We began the game with a strong start and ended up coming away with another victory. After the game we had a tailgate and then journeyed to the airport for a nice four hour wait, boarded the plane and then said see ya later warm, luxurious Stetson, and HELLO WORCESTER (negative degrees).
Thursday March 6, 2014
Today we had a short film session on Colgate, followed up by a cold but efficient practice. We ended off with a new tradition of having a challenge after every practice. Sophomore roommates MacKenzie Bozel and Casey Drollinger battled it out in a bravehart. Although Attackman Bozel came away with the initial ground ball, Drollinger got in an exceptional check leading to her breakaway goal.
Friday March 7, 2014
The sun decided to come out for our final practice before our big game against Colgate. We dedicated a lot of time to perfecting our clears and ended practice with some 8 meters and another challenge. For today's challenge, the low attack played defense against the low defense who played attack in a one-ball play. With the excellent defensive talk by Kaitlin Concilio, the attack defeated the defense. After the challenge we gathered together for a pasta dinner at Maddie Parisi's house and got extremely pumped for our game against Colgate tomorrow. BEAT COLGATE!!!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
GAME DAY!!! Finally Patriot League games have arrived! We started our Patriot League play with a home game against Colgate. Our past games with Colgate have always been tough ones so we were expecting a fight until the end. The game was very back and forth as expected but we came away with a win. The final score was 10-9. With that win, we had a well-deserved day off on Sunday to catch up on sleep, homework and Netflix.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Sophomores Katie Boyle (Devon, Pa.), Jersey Burns (Salem, N.H.) and Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) discuss the third week of the season including the start of the team's trip to Florida.
Monday, February 24, 2014
After the weekend's warm weather at Yale on Saturday, it was tough to readjust to the cold air and winds. We watched film before bracing the cold and ended up having a productive practice. Even though everyone was overwhelmed with midterms, we all put our work aside to focus on lacrosse.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Usually since we have late practice on Tuesday nights, it was a nice surprise to be able to get on the field early because the boys had an away game. We braced the cold to put our minds to tomorrow's game against Fairfield.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We had a tough loss against Fairfield. However, it added fuel to the fire to beat Stetson on Sunday in sunny Florida. We were looking forward to warm weather and were preparing for a win.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Day off! We rested our legs and used our time to catch up on school work. We knew that we had to come to practice on Friday ready to go and excited for Sunday's game.
Friday, February 28, 2014
One more sleep until Florida!! We watched film and practiced for the last time in the cold. We conditioned and practiced hard to physically and mentally prepare for hopefully our first win.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
With our pillow pets packed, the team was excited as we boarded the plane to Florida. After a safe arrival and a light dinner, we had a late practice at Stetson under the lights. It felt good to only be in a t-shirt and shorts. We were all looking forward to a sunny game the following day.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
GAME DAY! Our psyche buddies gave us pregame inspiration with emails and quotes to further motivate us. After lathering on the sunscreen, we took the field at 1:00 p.m. We came out with a lot of fire and intensity and played as a team the whole game. It was great to get our first victory of the season by beating Stetson 19-3, and even better that we got our win in the sunshine state!!!
Monday, February 17, 2014
Unfortunately due to the cold weather we practiced inside at Fore Kicks indoor facility. Luckily we were able to get in a strong two hours of practice. We got a lot done and everyone was very focused. We worked on goalie clears and 7v7, specifically working on our plays for our upcoming day. We all headed back to campus after practice and then made our way down to Kimball for dinner. 2 DAYS BEAT UMASS.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
GAME DAY! Or should we say snow day?! As we are traveling to UMass the snow starts coming down steady and does not let up. Barely able to see the road, we eventually end up in the locker room with an hour delay of the game as they try to remove the snow from the field. Once we arrived, the field was still covered with pickup trucks flying around the field in an effort to get this game started. We started off strong, but they slowly got ahead with an 8-3 lead at the half. Fired up we took the field for the second half and unfortunately got beat that half 4-3. Although we lost the game 12-6, we put it away and started preparing for Yale.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Today was a focused, learning day. We worked on our clears and learned new plays. We worked on variations of our plays and the offense was pleased with their new tactics. All of these plays took a toll on our brains, after a long day at school who knew lacrosse was going to be just as thought-provoking? We ended the practice with a few minutes of 7v7 implementing our new plays. 2 DAYS BEAT YALE.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Once again Worcester weather is unpredictable. Today was a foggy and rainy day. We started out by watching film on Yale and looking at the scouting report. This left us with an hour and a half to practice. In this time we were able to get in clears, one v ones, and a lot of seven v seven. We knew what we had to bring to win tomorrow. Tomorrow would be the last faceoff between the Rutter sisters. In the back of our minds we kept the motto "do it for Rutter!"
Saturday, February 22, 2014
GAMEDAY! 7:00 a.m. wake up call and an 8:00 a.m. departure. This bright and early exit meant the obvious, that all of us fell fast asleep right as we sat down after we watched a little film. Once we got to Yale we were all shocked that we didn't need our under armor for the first time all season. This warm up was extremely important because our own Kaitlin Concilio turned 20 at 11:10 am. This gave us the energy to come out with a 7-3 lead at half. Unfortunately Yale had the upper hand in the second half and came out with a 10-8 win. This is a heartbreaking loss for the team, but we are ready to bounce back for Fairfield on Wednesday.
Juniors Sophia Agostinelli (Framingham, Mass.) and Kim Corkum (Ipswich, Mass.) kick off this season's blog.
Monday, February 10, 2014 (Sophia)
Braving the seven degree weather we donned our Adidas cold weather gear and went out to a late practice on the lower turf. We warmed up our sticks and legs in the drills and then did 30 minutes of 7v7 ending with 8 meters.
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 (Sophia)
Game day today against Bryant at home. Having lost to them in the preseason we knew that we had to give it our all and hustle in every play. The game was hard fought and we went into overtime where odds just happened to be against us and Bryant scored the winning goal to beat us 8-7.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 (Kim)
We took this day to rest up and reflect on our game against Bryant. We all thought there were some great moments in the game that proved we have improved through out preseason and moments that we know we need to work on. Some of us had classes cancelled and a snow day while others had to trek through the snow to class. We are hoping to get outside as soon as possible to continue to work on things like our ride and clears. Stay warm!
Friday, February, 14, 2014 (Sophia)
Love is in the air. Mary Kate Vanecko brought in a homemade frosted brownie that everyone snacked on and I decided to make some little valentines to sneak into everyone's lockers. We watched film for an hour as we munched on sweets.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 (Kim)
We had practice from 9-11am this morning in an indoor facility. Although the space was a little tight, we really wanted to utilize the time we had to keep our stick skills up to par to make sure we are ready for our next game against UMass! We really have been working on faster movements with the ball and being aggressive on our ride. We are again, hoping to get outside as soon as possible!