The Northeast-10 Conference currently leads all other conferences with seven teams being nationally ranked. This is proof that the level of play is very high and each game is going to be competitive. With this being said we have had to go into every game so far knowing that on any day any team can win. The last eight games have been both physical and emotional battles as we’ve come away with some great team wins but also suffered a few heartbreaking defeats.
We collectively went 5-3 over these last 8 games with our three losses coming against three top-10 teams in Stonehill, Adelphi, and Le Moyne. Our five wins did not come without a fight though. We closed out March with a 2-0 week defeating SNHU and Assumption. Both were great team wins and in the SNHU game we were able to overcome an early deficit and battle back to win by two goals. March was an eventful and tiring month and really tested the mental toughness of our team as we competed in a total of 10 games.
A jam packed March made us even more grateful for the 10-day break we had from games to start off April. This time allowed us to heal some injuries as well as access where we stood at this point in the season and where we wanted to improve before conference play started up again.
We kicked off April with our first-ever night game at home. It was a different experience and atmosphere playing under the lights in front of our home crowd fans. We were able to come away with a 15-6 win over Saint Michael’s College as a result of a lot of players stepping up and having big games all over the field.
Our next game that week we traveled to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on a then undefeated Le Moyne team. After what seemed like a never ending bus ride as a result of getting stuck in some traffic, we arrived late Friday night in preparation for our Saturday game. Despite the long ride it was great to be able to have another overnight trip to be together as a team for the first time since our spring break over a month ago. The game didn’t go as well as we would have hoped as we were defeated by a very talented Le Moyne team. However it was a good assessment and learning experience for us to take into some of our big games we had coming up.
This past week we had two big home wins over Franklin Pierce and Southern Connecticut. It was nice to be back playing on our home field and in both games we were able to come away with great team victories with a very balanced attack and lot of different players scoring – including a few first-ever career goals.
In our game against Franklin Pierce we hosted an event which we entitled “Teal the Field.” We worked through the foundation Ovations for a Cure to raise money for ovarian cancer research. We had a great turnout for the game and were able to not only raise money but also awareness about the disease. It was a really special night and a tradition we hope to continue doing in future seasons.
Having won five out of our lax six games we are really coming together as a team and reaching the level of play we hoped to be at as we enter the final week of the regular season. We have motivated ourselves all year to never be satisfied and to strive to get better every day. That’s exactly what we plan to do going into these final two games and hope to finish our season off playing at our highest level.