The season has finally begun! After what seemed like the world's longest practice season, we have finally entered game season. This is my third season at MBU. When I came in 2008 I had 8 girls on the team. I recruited around campus (and one girl I already knew) to complete the team, however we still played man down in every game unless I played. Only 3 of those 8 players had high school lacrosse background. I was teaching the game and trying to develop players at the same time. It was a tough job to say the least.
Last season I brought in 5 freshmen and 1 transfer student. We grew in numbers and ability. I lost most of my team from the year before, but kept a number of strong players. The team was incredible in terms of attitude and hard work. They grew so much and gave me great hope for the future of the program.
This year I brought in 7 freshmen and 1 transfer student. Again, a great group of girls. We did well in fall ball. I was excited to finally start game season. Friday morning, the day of our first game, I woke up to a blanket of snow on the ground... super. I hate to be negative nancy, but there is nothing I hate more than coaching in the cold. Not to mention we were playing SCAD, a team that beat us by 15 goals last season. However, the girls came out strong and pleasantly surprised me. We scored the first two goals of the game. Although they scored six unanswered goals first half we were able to hold them within two goals second half. The final score was 12-6, but I was still very proud of them... and I wasn't too cold since the game was exciting!
Saturday we continued our season playing UDallas. It wasn't our best showing but we still won 9-8. I wish we could play them again and show our true colors. I am glad we got that game out of our system because we have 2 more games in Kentucky this weekend. Can't wait to travel with my girls. I hope we have a weekend to be proud of!
Enjoy the UDallas game pics below:
Amanda is a grad student who is playing her last year of eligibility. She has been with the program since the beginning and has been such a trooper through it all.
She moves faster when she is carrying the ball :)
Can't wait to report our season as we move on. I think it will be a good one.