“It’s a great feeling to start the conference play on a winning streak. We haven’t had a winning record like this since 2010 and it’s been exciting and definitely another motive towards everyone showing up and being better every day,” said graduate student Lydia Werlau of the Sacred Heart women’s lacrosse team.
The women’s lacrosse team sits at the top of the Northeast Conference (NEC) with a 6-0 start in conference play. This is the most successful start to conference play the team has seen in over a decade.
“We learned a lot in our non-conference games,” said Head Coach Laura Korutz. “It was very productive for our team in finding out what was working for us and what we needed to spend more time improving at.”
Despite beginning the season on a five game losing streak, the women have been able to make a turnaround.
“We were adding plays to our offense, switching our primary defense, and making necessary adjustments to set our team up for success in conference,” said Werlau. “All these changes have helped turn our season around right in time for conference play.”
Werlau has been a key part of the offense this season as she leads the team with 45 goals. During their most recent game against Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), she contributed five goals to go along with four assists.
“I believe a lot of my success has come from the players I’m surrounded by and the way my teammates want to set each other up for the success of the team as a whole,” said Werlau.
She is just one part of this team that is taking the NEC by storm. The women attribute their success to hard work, teamwork, and unselfishness.
“The players are executing the scouting report and really working well together on the field,” said Korutz. “We are limiting turnovers which helps. Everyone is doing their jobs and that is what’s making us successful. It’s not one player, or one unit; instead, it is the team as a whole.”
With just two games left to play in the regular season, the team has only one goal in mind: the NEC Championship.
“We feel that we have the right chemistry this year to make that happen.”
The women take on Long Island University on April 22, then come home for their final game of the season against Merrimack College. Their quest for an NEC Championship begins May 4.
Sacred Heart University Athletics contributed to this article.