Women’s lacrosse finishes season strong

Eastern’s women’s lacrosse played their way to victory on April 20 against Misericordia with an 18-3 win. With their recent victory over Haverford, on April 24, the team finished their regular season with a record of 9-1 heading into the PAC playoffs. “Our expectations are to beat Cabrini in the PAC and go to the NCAA’s,” first-year Jessie Basch said.

“The team has what it takes to win these playoffs; they have been proving that over and over again in games and practices,” head coach Carolyn Urban said.

Throughout the opening period of their game against Misericordia, Eastern’s first-year goaltender, Alesha Bennett, saved 10 shots; while Misericordia only managed to stop three attempts at goal. This allowed Eastern to score 13 goals within the first period, while Misericordia only managed one. Within this period a total of zero penalties were given to each team, providing both teams a clear record going into the second half.

Eastern went into the second half with a strong 13-1 lead and was able to stay ahead by scoring five more goals, while Misericordia scored another two goals bringing their final score to three. Only three shots were attempted by Misericordia during this period, giving Eastern the opportunity to run the field and score their final goals in triumph.

Leading the Eagles in scoring were Kate Hoy, 5 goals; Jessie Basch, 3; Diana Diffenderfer, 3;Christine Hickman, 2; Erin Reimel, 1; Erin Fries, 1; Anne Dietrich, 1; Amy Norman, 1; and Ashley Jones, 1.

When asked how it felt making a goal against Misericordia on Thursday, first-year Jones replied, “It felt great to be able to help my team and be a part of the hard work, teamwork and great connections that we had throughout the whole game. Most of our goals were scored off of great cuts and running of our plays.”

The team’s hard work and determination have paid off. They play their first PAC Playoff game on May 3. If the team wins on Wednesday, they will be in the PAC Championship on May 6.

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