For their third year in a row, Goucher Women’s Lacrosse traveled to Los Angeles, California from Thurs., March 8 to March 15 for spring training. In addition to pool workouts, team hikes, stadium runs and two to three hour practices daily, the ladies played the Tigers from Occidental College, a private institution in LA and President Obama’s alma mater.
Leading with a score of 6-5 at halftime, Occidental pulled ahead 10-6 after a strong offensive attack. The Gophers answered with three goals within a minute and a half. Unfortunately it was not enough, as Occidental ended the game up 13 to the Gopher’s 10.
Five different players found the scoreboard against the Tigers, with three goals by both Erin Reifsnyder ’14 and Hannah Khin ’13, two by Anneke Ossorio ’15, and one by both Becca Smith ’12 and captain Mary Lambert ’12. To the Occidentals one save, goalie Ashley Shaner ’13 made an impressive 12 saves.
“We have been struggling to play a 60 minute game and Occidental took advantage of that,” said Katie Trainor, Head Coach of the team. “That is one of the primary reasons we lost the game.”
Despite the loss, the Gophers took advantage of their free position shots finishing 5 for 5 from the 8 yard mark, a 100 percent scoring percentage.
“Our defense looked really good as well,” said mid-fielder Hannah Brown ‘14. “But we are looking to improve on draw controls and transitions…valuing possession of the ball on attack.”
Despite having long training sessions, the girls still managed to have fun.
“We enjoyed an afternoon at Hannah Khin’s grandmothers house in the Hollywood Hills,” said Coach Trainor. “We had a delicious lunch and enjoyed the pool and playing with Peanut Butter and Jelly (Grandma Shirley’s dogs).”
After falling to St. Mary’s college on Tuesday, Mar. 20 with a score of 6-12, the now 2-7 Gophers continue their season at home against Widener on Sat. March 24 at 1 p.m., and home against Centenary on March 27 at 4 p.m.