The Rollins women’s lacrosse team, ranked eighth in the nation, has opened up the season in spectacular style with a number of wins and by remaining undefeated. The Tars, led by Head Coach Dennis Short, have seen great success in national polls, tying at No.4 in the latest IWLCA Division II poll. This ranking is the highest ranking in the program’s history. Their proudest victory came on the road Jan. 25, when the team beat Limestone 11-10.
Katie Palasz ’13 commented, “We have a vision of going to the national championship, and we know it takes 100 percent effort in practices and games to reach that goal. We believe in each other. Every day is a new opportunity to train hard, and I am so confident that with our heart and ambition, we are going to go all the way.”
Last year the Tars finished their run ranked seventh and, unfortunately, missed out on playoffs even after beating Limestone on their senior night. This year the team has the common goal of reaching the national championship, and this is apparent in the team’s performance and attitude.
The Tars’ achievement is turning heads with a recent article in Lacrosse Magazine titled “Rollins Win Over Limestone Shakes Up South.”
Mo Imel ’13, a Pac-12 conference transfer, is in her first year as a Tar and will use her experience from Oregon to help boost the Tars’ success. “Our team has stayed focused and continued to work hard [while] keeping our goal in mind of playing in the national championship,” Imel said. “As a first-year player on the team, I am most impressed with the confidence the team has. Each person truly believes we are a national championship caliber team, and it is apparent every time we step on the field.” Follow the Tars as they aim to keep up their winning streak in the next home game March 15. You can also follow them at rollinssports.com.