Pirates blazing in freezing temps for inaugural game
GEORGETOWN, Texas - The Southwestern Women's Lacrosse team kicked off their inaugural season in great fashion as they routed Hendrix College 18-3 under the SU lights.
Possibly due to the freezing temperatures, the Pirates came out cold letting Hendrix get out to a two goal lead. However, Southwestern quickly shook off the nerves and with the help of the home crowd, they began to dominate by scoring sixteen consecutive goals.
Leading the way for the Pirates was Natalie Rivera who had 5 goals including the first in women's Pirate lacrosse history. Anne Brown had five goals and Allison Schmitt added 3 more. Additional goals were scored by Madison Wiederecht, Mary Cavanagh, Paige Summers, and Kaitlyn Campbell (2). Caitlin Stanyard held her ground beautifully in goal making 7 saves and improving as the game went on.
Coach Matthew Grosso spoke after the game regarding his excitement about the inaugural game, "Just coming out here and watching pre-game is something I'll always remember. Obviously I am thrilled we had such a good win, but just getting this thing off the ground with a positive win and great team outing is the best memory."
Looking forward Coach Grosso is excited to take this young team around the country to "show what Texas lacrosse is all about." The women will be traveling to four different states this semester hoping to the ride the wave of this great win into future success.
Southwestern won 16 of the 23 draw controls on the evening and forced Hendrix into 23 turnovers. Campbell led in caused turnovers with two while Dodd posted a team high five ground balls and Makaela Starks adding in four.
The Lady Pirates have two weeks until their next game where the University of Dallas will join us here in Georgetown on February 22nd.