Hard work pays off as Wilson lacrosse earns first NEAC win

Byline: Nikola Grafnetterova

Posted: May 3, 2010

The second season of Wilson varsity lacrosse team came to its end, but not without its victories and rewards. Any fans who had the chance to come to watch some of the games of this year’s squad, could have seen how far this team has come from last year: most of the team was compiled of players who have never played the sport before in their lives.

The measure of success

The season itself was not one of the easiest. The Phoenix played "down" a teamplayer or two in almost every game of the season, due to reasons such many unfortunate injuries. It was a fight, but the team went on this long journey together, united. As a result, the Phoenix earned a first NEAC conference win in the short history of the program.

“I can't believe how far lacrosse has come already in these two short years,” said Co-captain Jami DeVanie. She continues, “Even though we played down almost every game, we always came out with the most heart. When you have a team who is playing because they WANT to play and they WANT to win and it shows...the winning will come. I feel like we won more than two games this season...When you play a game that you never let up, and give it your all, in a way it’s winning. You don’t leave disappointed, instead you leave with pride.”

Steady improvement

The head coach Kelly Buikus was happy with the effort her players made. Overall, she feels the team improved so much since the previous year.

“While we won the same amount of games last year, our returners improved immensely and their stats prove that. We also had more offensive threats - which took some of the pressure off of our leading scores. Every team member (minus our goalie) scored a point, which is either a goal or assist. That’s huge - especially for such a young program,” Buikus said.

Lacrosse bids farewell to graduating teammates

The future looks bright for the Wilson lacrosse team. Only two players will graduate this May, Aisling Gallagher and Nikola Grafnetterova. Buikus believes that the team will get better and in the future and will become a force in the NEAC.

Last Updated: September 20, 2011

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