Dolphins Upset New Haven

By Kerrigan Fox Coyle ‘15

STAFF WRITER

On Thursday March 19, in West Haven, CT, the Le Moyne Dolphins made a statement. They showed the NE-10 conference and all of Division II Women’s Lacrosse how tough they really are with a 18-10 victory over then number four ranked New Haven. The Dolphins started the game with a 6-1 lead and a 10-3 lead going into halftime. When the Phin’s have a hot start there is no putting their fire out.

In their two games this past week the Dolphins scored 18 goals each time. After defeating New Haven on Thursday, the team welcome Southern New Hampshire University to Ted Grant field on Sunday, March 22. It was a warm welcome for New Hampshire as it was a brutally cold and windy day. Le Moyne welcomed them by handing out a 18-5 defeat.

Junior attacker Erica Geremia who leads the team in points with 43 points in seven games added 15 points this past week. Her first tour around the NE-10 has allowed to her have the opportunity to play in a multitude of big games so far.

“It meant so much to all of us because we lost by one to them last year and we didn’t want that to happen again! For myself it’s the same feeling. I haven’t played any of these teams before so to beat a team for the first time always feels great and contribute to the win is that much better,” Geremia commented on the road win against New Haven.

“It’s always great beating teams and shutting down players that usually produce for their team! I give thanks to my whole team on defense, starting with the ride for our attackers and midfielders because thats what helped keep us close in that game,” said Geremia.

Another player who is on a hot streak from last week is senior attacker Julia Suriani. Suriani had 13 points last week and has already passed her point total from last season.

“I think the work ethic that Coach Taylor has instilled since she has arrived at Le Moyne has been a factor in my own person success, as well as many others on the team. She (Coach Taylor) sets high expectations and once you meet them, she raises them once again. She continuously builds our confidence by celebrating our successes but at the same time remembers to keep us humble,” said Suriani.

On what the team has been able to do to find success and win games early on this season Suriani said, “As a whole, we’re really starting to play more together as a unit and each individual is playing selflessly. We’re not relying on one person. Every game a different player is stepping up and contributing to the team’s success which makes it difficult to scout us.”

Jessica Antelmi and Justin Demuth, the two assistant coaches for the team, were impressed by the team’s performance this past week.

Antelmi is very proud of what the offensive player have been able to do on the field this season.

“If one person does get shut down in a game we have other players who can step up.” said Antelmi about the balanced and relentless pressure applied by the Dolphins.

“The girls came ready for the challenge and saw what they are capable of when everyone is out on the field to compete for sixty minutes“ added Antelmi when discussing the New Haven victory.

Demuth contributed the flexibility of having both underclassmen and upperclassmen being able to step up and fill in for injured players as one of the teams strengths, “When they are playing their disciplined defense and communicating I feel they are one of the top defenses in the conference.”

“We still haven’t played our best game of the yet… we hope that our best game is still yet to come.” said Antelmi. If you have watch the dolphins this season they have only continued to look faster and sharper on the field. Not the description of something you want to run into. There are still many NE-10 games to be played. Look to see if Le Moyne can continue their three game streak of scoring 17 or more goals this week. The Lady ‘Phins travel to conference opponent Bentley University for a match on Saturday, March 28th.