By AJ Pascuzzo
The Bridgewater State University women’s lacrosse team means business this year. The Lady Bears are rolling into the postseason with high hopes in obtaining their second straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament championship.
The Lady Bears clinched the MASCAC regular season title and number one seed in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament on Saturday when they took down Salem State University, 17-6. Bridgewater State finished off the regular at 12-5, 6-0 within the MASCAC, and currently ride a four game winning streak into the postseason.
“We had a great regular season,” said Bridgewater State head coach Holly Drown. “It started out with some tough points but we worked through our adversity just in time for conference play and I couldn’t be happier with the way we are stepping up now, just in time for playoffs.”
The postseason begins for the Lady Bears on Thursday night when they host Fitchburg State University in the semifinal round of the MASCAC Tournament. The Lady Bears will play at Swenson Field at 7 p.m.
In their only matchup which came earlier in the season, Bridgewater State cruised past Fitchburg State with a 21-8 win.
To get to this stage, the Lady Bears have received key performances and leadership from senior captains Braylan Wenzel and Taylor Clancy.
“We are now really coming together and working as one rather than a bunch of separate efforts,” said Clancy, who led the team in goals with 60 and added 26 assists. “We now know how each of us play and are really starting to click and work well together.”
Drown has gotten a lot of help from her underclassmen who have been gaining a lot of confidence lately.
Freshmen Melissa Renauld, Alex King, Taylor Brown and sophomore Lauren Geary have played huge roles in Bears success this season.
Renauld has been a major contributor on offense as she has put up big numbers in her first season at Bridgewater State. Renauld is second on the team in goals with 56 and has also dished out 16 assists.
On the defensive end, Brown and freshman Gaelin Reall have stepped up to help the Lady Bears slow down the opposition and prevent fast breaks.
Coming into this postseason is a little different for Bridgewater State. After capturing conference tournament titles the past six seasons, the Lady Bears are looking for more this year.
In each of the past four seasons, Bridgewater State has made it to the NCAA Tournament, only to be sent home early with first round losses each season.
This year, the Bears hope to make it back to the NCAA Tournament and have a little longer stay there than what they have been use to.
“The postseason should be exciting for us as we have an amazing opportunity to win the conference and make it to the NCAA tournament which has been our goal since day one,” Drown said. “That is all we are focused on at the moment.”
AJ Pascuzzo is a Comment sports writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.