By Kerry Yang
The Colorado College women’s lacrosse team started off its season strong with two wins in preseason scrimmages this past weekend in Grand Junction, Colo. The defending SCAC champions recorded a dominating 17-5 game over Brigham Young University, and a 14-13 thriller over the Division II Colorado Mesa University Mavericks.
Execution was a key focus of the scrimmage. “I think we were able to implement the plays that we have been learning in practice and start working as a unit,” said Bea Pierrepont ’22.
Delia Freliech ’23 agreed. “All our work during practice is paying off, and I’m glad that the scores were able to reflect that,” said Freliech.
The Tigers are coming off a record-setting 18-2 season, during which they had finished 14-1 during the regular season before falling to Salisbury in the NCAA Division III regional semifinals. Graduating only four seniors and adding many talented first-years, the Tigers are confident they can build off their previous success.
“I definitely think we’ll go far in the tournament this year,” Olivia Dossett ’23 said. “We have lots of potential talent and great team chemistry. If we can get on the same page and play together, then I think we could win it all this year.”
Despite all the talent and strong preseason showings, the team is hungry to improve.
“Watching over the scrimmage film, there are still many things we can improve on. We need to focus on changing levels in the midfield, protecting the ball on clears, and communicating throughout the field. All gas, no brakes,” said Pierrepont.
Dossett also believes that there are still some things the team could improve on. “It is important that we focus mentally and stay fully engaged,” Dossett said. “We need to stop messing up small things like ground balls and stopping to see the best option.”
The team is excited to use the momentum from last weekend to push themselves before the start of the regular season. “Overall, this weekend was a great start to the season, and I can’t wait to see what is to come,” said Pierrepont.
CC will be playing more scrimmages this Saturday on Washburn before kicking off the official start of the season.
The Tigers will travel to Memphis on Feb. 21 to compete in back to back games against Rhodes College and Illinois Wesleyan University.