By Emily Hayes
Almost to the postseason, the Bridgewater State University women’s lacrosse team is looking to make a final push for a strong postseason position. With only two games left in the regular season, the Lady Bears are 10-5 overall and 4-0in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for first place.
Bridgewater State has won their conference championship six years in a row. They hope to repeat that outcome again this year, but there have been several changes made to the team since their last championship.
“I think that it’s been a growing process for everyone this year,” said first year head coach Holly Drown. “We’ve been kind of building a program from the bottom. It’s just kind of been putting the pieces together. In every game we’ve had places that are lacking a little. As we approach the end I’m hoping everything comes together.”
One of the major changes to the team this year was the addition of nine new freshmen.
“My favorite thing about this season was playing with the new freshman,” said sophomore midfielder Lauren Geary. “They’re really talented so it was a new group of girls and we’ve really started to bond in the last few games.”
After dropping back-to-back games recently against Plymouth State University and Roger Williams University, the Lady Bears got back on track Saturday with an 18-1 win over Framingham State University.
Freshman attack Melissa Renauld led the way with five goals an assist while junior attack Riley Cachelin added three goals and an assist. Senior attack Melanie Appleman also played well scoring three goals.
The Lady Bears final two games come against conference opponents, as they will need to win out to capture the MASCAC regular season title and the number one seed in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament.
“For the conference games, I think first we need a little bit of confidence back that we can win and we can do this,” Drown said. “It’s not even like we haven’t been playing well but we’ve had these lapses in the game so I think it’s putting a whole game together. I think that if we prove it to ourselves that we can win, I think that every game we’re going to get more confident that we are capable of winning the MASCAC.”
The conference games are not only about building confidence, but also about leaving an impression on the rest of the conference.
“For the conference games, we’re really hoping to step up our game and play our game to show the MASCAC what we can do,” Cachelin said.
As the Lady Bears continue through their conference games to close out the regular season, they look toward their seventh consecutive conference championship, but getting there won’t be easy.
“We have to beat the rest of the teams in these conference games,” Cachelin said. “And then take it one game at a time in the playoffs.”
The Lady Bears will continue toward their goal on April 24 at home at 7 p.m. against Westfield State University.
Emily Hayes is a Comment sports writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.