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Despite Trials, Lacrosse Remains Hopeful for the 2012 Season

Byline: by Sam Klopp

Posted: March 3, 2012

With the beginning of the spring semester comes start of lacrosse. Lacrosse has seven returning players, and six new players who will make their start this season. Many of these newer players have little to no experience with the sport, but are willing to learn and contribute as much as they can to the team.

Despite a month-long wait until their first game, pre-season practices began shortly after the end of winter break.

Phoenix Lacrosse welcomes new head coach

In addition to its players, the team welcomed a new Head Coach, Beth Weixel, who worked as Assistant Coach during the 2011 season. Stepping in as Assistant Coach is Wilson and lacrosse alumni, Nikola Grafnetterova ‘10.

While all involved are excited for the upcoming season, they are also striving to meet the new challenges it brings. Winter sports have prevented many of the team’s members from participating in practices, and with only five to seven people consistently on the field at a time, unfamiliar drills and dynamics are hard to learn. Also problematic are the numbers on the roster. With twelve players on the field at a time, the team has just enough people to pull though the season.

Making it work

While this might be a troublesome notion to some, team co-captain, Alyssa Bernard ‘12, isn’t concerned.

"At practice, I have already seen an improvement in everyone’s stick skills, and we have been working hard on our conditioning...We still have a few more weeks of practice before our first game, but I believe that the 2012 lacrosse team is going to be a very strong and promising team," said Bernard.

"Based on our performance in practices so far, I think the Wilson College lacrosse team has a good season in its future," says Megan Longstreet ‘13. "There are a lot of new players on the team, myself included, who have put in a lot of time and effort into learning this sport and improving our skills. Our team captains, Jami DeVanie ‘12 and Alyssa Bernard, are very supportive and push the team to work hard for each other. The new head coach, Beth

Weixel is more than willing to put in the time to work with all of the players, no matter their skill level. I am excited to see what the team can accomplish this season," added Longstreet.

Lacrosse has twelve games total this season, with the first taking place on March 20. The season home opener is scheduled for March 23 at 4:00pm at Kris’s Meadow.

Last Updated: March 3, 2012

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