On Friday, September 9, 2011 at approximately 5:45 am, while the rest of the campus was still sleeping and the sun wasn’t expected to rise for another half hour, the Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse team was getting ready to embark on a new season. With the first day jitters of fitness tests and tryouts in the back of everyone’s minds, we stepped onto our new turf field for the first time. As we were stretching in the dark, the stadium lights suddenly lit up the field. It was 6am and there was no turning back. The new season was finally here.
This fall we welcomed a lot of new faces with a large freshmen class and two new assistant coaches. Since each team is only allowed to play a limited number of days in the fall, we were driven to make the most of each one. Our fall ball schedule was made up of three tournaments. We traveled to Bentley, Southern New Hampshire, and New England College. Playing multiple games at each tournament allowed us to get back into the flow of playing as a team again and also incorporate the freshmen into the lineup. These tournaments were also a great preview of the Northeast-10 action to come this spring. This made for fun but competitive fall play that allowed us to compete at a high level and showed us things we need to focus on for the spring.
We also participated in other notable events outside of playing lacrosse that helped us bond as a team. This October, we hosted our first annual fundraising golf tournament. We spent the entire day as a team, and we were able to have all of our family and friends come together to support the program. Another fun event of the fall was hosting our annual alumni game at our new turf stadium, under the lights. Even though the game was played in the pouring rain, we had a lot of fun as it’s always great to reunite with old friends and keep the alumni active within the program.
As a senior, it’s a difficult realization that fall ball is over. Reflecting back, it was certainly the most successful and promising fall ball we seniors have had yet. By bringing in one of our largest freshman classes yet, we certainly had our work cut out for us. It took a little while to get everyone up to speed on and off the field. However, after a lot of hard work, dedication, and a commitment to the strong vision for the future of SACLAX, we started to come together in all three tournaments and set the bar high for the level of play we want to be at this spring. It was our first fall ball on our turf field, and we are eager to bring success to our new home when we open up with Molloy on March 14th. Until then, we are highly motivated to work hard this winter, as the future looks bright for the Saint Anselm women’s lacrosse team.