The Rollins Women’s Lacrosse team took to the field on Easter Sunday to play their final home game of the season. The Tars honored three seniors before the start of the game against the Lenoir Rhyne Bears: Jessica Kopenhaver ‘17, Brittany Eveler ‘17, and Claire Block ‘17 all took to Sandspur field to be honored for their hard work and success as student athletes.
Although the team is graduating three important players, they are still a fairly young team. “Last year we graduated 7 seniors and each played huge roles on our team,” said team captain Paige Brock ’19. “I feel like the transition has been for the most part pretty smooth. Each player on our roster has a role to fill and I think everyone has done their part to make this season thus far, a good one.”
The roles were definitely filled throughout the game Sunday, as the Tars dominated the Bears. Kallie German ‘19 lead the way for Rollins with four goals and one assist, for a team leading five points.
The game started incredibly strong for Rollins, jumping ahead 4—0 in the first few minutes. Goals were contributed by ’19 Kallie German, ’20 Hannah Ashton, ’17 Brittany Eveler and ’19 Paige Brock. By the end of the half, the score was 6—2.
Although the Bears were first to score in the second half, the Tars offense responded and defense held them to only two more points the rest of the game. The offense continued to battle for goal after goal, eventually giving Rollins the 11-5 win.
This win was incredibly important for the Tars after a tough loss to Florida Southern the week before. Although some teams may let difficult losses hold them back, Rollins kept looking forward.
Brock had a lot to say about the loss: “I feel like the loss to Southern made us closer versus bringing us a part. We are a pretty self-motivated team, so I feel like we are going to bounce back fast. We know that we will be seeing them again in the conference tournament and NCAA’s, so we will absolutely have the opportunity to redeem ourselves and we can’t wait until then.”
The Tars will continue with Sunshine State Conference play in the upcoming week. However, the Tars are looking for more than just a conference title this season.
“The main focus is to make it to the national championship.” Said German. “We have such a talented, young group of girls and at this point there is no limit to what we can all do together. There is talent in everyone and that’s what make our team so special and one of a kind.”
With a 12-3 overall record, it is obvious the women’s lacrosse team has stuck to their coach’s motto all season. “Coach Short says the same thing to us going into practices and games and that is ‘speed, discipline, and violence of action.’” said Brock. “We need to play fast, play smart, and be bold.”