BY STEFAN AYANIAN
The Sacred Heart University women’s lacrosse team finished the first half of their season with a 1-8 record. The Pioneers are looking to make adjustments before the start of Northeast Conference (NEC) play.
In their first nine games, the team scored 50 goals with 23 assists.
Head coach Laura Korutz feels that the team’s mentality has affected the way they’ve performed in the season.
“In the beginning of the season, the team was playing tight and too worried about mistakes, which led to a lot of indecisions,” said Korutz. “As a team, we need to play consistently on both ends of the field, have trust in each other, and control our effort.”
Korutz believes the team has been able to improve against highly skilled opponents.
Senior captain Olivia Mittleman acknowledges that the team is coming together and working as a whole to thrive for the rest of the season.
“In the past few games, our attackers have worked together really well and generated more shots giving us more opportunities to score. On the defensive end, we’ve really learned to move as unit as opposed to individuals,” said Mittleman. “I’m really excited about the improvement, because we’re playing our strongest heading into conference-play, which is exactly what you want to do.”
Korutz said she is working on emulating the oppositions offensive and defensive styles of play when the second half begins. She sees it as an advantage for the Pioneers to be competitive in the conference.
The Pioneers are looking forward to playing against teams in the NEC, such as Bryant University.
“Bryant is our first official conference game this season. Playing them first will really help us set the tone for the season,” said senior attack Hanna Wise. “They are one of our rivals and if we go out there and play hard, then we are setting ourselves up to win.”
The game against Bryant will be played at home on April 5 with a 3 p.m. start time. It’ll be the first game of a two-game homestand to begin conference-play. The second game of the homestand will be against Central Connecticut State University, which will be on April 7 for a 1 p.m. start.