By Chrissy Segrest
Elm Staff Writer
As the women’s lacrosse team looks to end the regular season with a winning record, they are getting ready for the playoffs. Should they win the Centennial conference tournament, they’ll head to the Division III NCAA tournament where they would play other non-conference teams.
This past week and weekend was big for the Shorewomen as both their games were played against Centennial Conference teams. On Wednesday, April 18, they played away under the lights against No. 25 Haverford College.
During this game, the women came out and surprised Haverford as they had the lead the entire game and ended up winning 16-11. With the win versus Haverford, the Shorewomen clinched a spot in the playoffs and became the first team in Washington College history to go 6-0 in the Centennial Conference.
The second game was played on Saturday, April 21, at No. 5 Franklin & Marshall College. The Shorewomen lost 12-9. After these last two games played they stand with an overall record of 12-3 and their Centennial Conference record is 6-1.
“For these two games, our preparation didn’t change. We are looking at these games just as we have in the 13 other games played. Our focus has been on just fine tuning the little things, so we can play our best Washington College lacrosse on the day,” Assistant Coach Julia Morse said.
Morse said the the team was looking forward to the Haverford game because she views them as similar to the Shorewomen.
“They have a lot of offensive threats, as well as some tough defenders. It’s going to be a battle every possession. I’m just excited to see how both teams come out and compete,” she said.
Morse said that Franklin & Marshall was a strong team, and would be a huge test for the Shorewomen.
Junior midfielder Emily Pantazes said the team prepared for the games as individuals.
“Our coaches have been good about going light on our bodies considering we have three huge games within six days. While we have been doing the normal practice and film sessions, we also focus a lot on rehabilitation to make sure we feel 100 percent every time we step on the field this week,” she said.
With the Haverford game, Pantazes said she wanted the team was “unlike anything we have been able to showcase in the past.”
Pantazes said that F&M was a “big game for us” and that she looked forward to seeing the work the team put into the game.
“Even though it wasn’t the result we wanted it was still a highly competitive game and I enjoyed playing in it,” Pantazes said. “This year’s team has really shocked the conference so far because we all bought in to Coach Heidi and Coach Julie’s goal of finishing as one of the top teams in our conference and seeing a potential NCAA bid this year.”