By Emily Hayes
More than halfway through the regular season, the Bridgewater State University women’s lacrosse team has hit its stride.
The Lady Bears have ripped off five straight wins to improve to 7-3, and are currently 1-0 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
“I think for us, we had a lot of pieces to put together,” said head coach Holly Drown. “The first eight games we’ve had a lot of things to figure out, a lot of new faces on the field. And now everyone is sort of coming and stepping into their roles so for conference games, we’re looking to play as a team.”
In the first conference game of the season on Saturday, the Bears defeated Fitchburg State University 21-8.
In the game, sophomore midfielder Lauren Geary set a BSU all-time record for most draw controls. She had 19 in the game and improved to 239 in her young career to top the charts. To add to her historic night, she also had four goals.
Freshman attack Melissa Renauld played well too as she led all players with five goals and three assists. Renauld has been up to the task in her first season as a Bear, as this week she was named MASCAC Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week.
“I want it to feel like we’re beating teams by working together,” Renauld said. “I don’t want it to feel like a single man thing.”
On Tuesday night against Keene State College, the Lady Bears kept rolling with a 12-5 win. Geary once again came up big with five goals, while senior midfielder and captain Taylor Clancy added three goals.
Clancy has led the Bears all season and was recognized for her strong play this week when she was named MASCAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week. She was also named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III New England Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.
Even though Clancy has been out in front leading the charge, many players have contributed which has driven the winning streak.
Trying to develop team chemistry is not always easy though. This year, the captains and veterans have tried to bring the new players together to make a cohesive team.
“I’ve realized over the years that it’s hard to fake team chemistry,” said senior attack Braylan Wenzel. “I think the best way to make it is to have a common goal. I just know that all our team wants is to win MASCACs.”
With just seven games left in the season, the Bears are hoping to keep up their strong play as they head down the stretch.
“We’re on a winning streak now so we’d like to keep that momentum going,” Drown said. “But I think we could win every game if we keep playing the way we are now.”
Emily Hayes is a Comment sports writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.