Women’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener in Overtime Thriller

By Jordan LeClair ‘16

STAFF WRITER

 

The beginning of the season is underway for our nationally ranked Women’s lacrosse team as they are looking to build off a 12-5 campaign last season. This year looks to be another good year coming for the team as they returned 20 letterwinners and eight starters from last years squad.

This preseason, they were selected to place third in the Northeast-10, trailing only the defending national champions Adelphi and the University of New Haven and will start the season ranked 7th in the nation. This season will also be the first under a new head coach, as the lacrosse program welcomed Kathy Taylor as the fifth head coach in the program’s history back in July.

Though the team had some individual achievements before  the season began, junior attacker Erica Geremia was the headliner as she was one of 50 players to be named to the preseason Tewaaraton award watch. This award is given to the best collegiate player in the nation, at any level. Geremia was just one of five non- Division I players to receive that honor. Geremia is in her first season with the Dolphins after a successful two years under the coaching of Coach Taylor at SUNY Cortland, where she was a havoc on the lacrosse field for the Red Dragons.

The Dolphins began the season over the weekend as they would travel to Erie, to take on 8th ranked Mercyhurst. The game would go back and forth between the two halves, coming to an 8-8 tie at the end of regulation. So to overtime they went, with LeMoyne scoring once in the first overtime period to take a 9-8 lead and adding another in the second overtime period for a 10-8 lead. Mercyhurst would get a goal in the second, however could not find the back of the net for the equalizer as LeMoyne would hold on for the 10-9 overtime victory in a thriller of a first game. Geremia finished with a team high six points, tallying five goals and an assist. Junior Claire Monnat tallied two goals and two assists to help the cause with four points. Freshman Jacqueline Pardee also had two goals for the Dolphins.

With an exciting first game over and done with, the Dolphins will turn their attention to their next couple of games. Thursday and Saturday, the Dolphins will be hosting their first home games of the season as Grand Valley State will roll into town on Thursday, and LIU Post will stop into town on Saturday to take on our Dolphins.