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Lacrosse coach sees a clear focus for season

The women’s lacrosse team at Benedictine College started practice for their spring season in late January. 

As their season swings into motion, first year Head Coach Clare Hanson says the biggest goal for the team this year is to play with a bit of a different style. 

“I really think that we can get more people involved and be able to read the game better than we have before,” Hanson said. 

The team has some big games coming up, along with a difficult schedule, especially in the second half of the season.  Despite the challenges, they expect to compete well.  

“If we lose a couple games, the goal is still the same, we still have to believe that we can win at the end of the season,” Hanson said.   

Along with the ‘in it to win it’ mentality, another advantage is in their senior class, like Natalie Wechter, NAIA National Player of the Year for 2021.   

“We have some great upperclassmen who really care about the program.  They care about it for the kids who are newer and for those who came before them,” Hanson said.    

The sophomores will finally have a full first year, as they didn’t get that experience last year due to COVID-19.   

Hanson is also looking forward to seeing stand-out freshman Margaux Gelbach on the field this season. 

The team’s first home game is Feb.19, against Concordia University Ann Arbor, ranked No. 9 in the nation. Benedictine College starts in the NAIA preseason poll at No. 6.  

The team will play Missouri Western in a scrimmage on Feb. 12.  

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