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New coach relishes Dolphins first win in women’s lacrosse

By Kaitlin McCormack
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The College of Mount Saint Vincent women’s lacrosse team got their first win of the season on March 13 in a home game against Thomas College, 16-12, despite being outshot, 38-27.  

The Dolphins had seven different scorers, led by junior Melina Mezzanotte, who scored a career-high five goals.  

“I always set goals for myself, but I didn’t expect to make so many goals,” Mezzanotte said. “It forces me to set my standards higher and push myself.”

The game looked shaky early on for the Dolphins, as Thomas scored the first three goals of the game. But CMSV came back fighting to take a 6-4 by halftime.

“I started to get nervous,” said senior captain Laura Carr, who had a goal and two assists. “I knew it wasn’t because they were better than us, but more because we needed to get into it.”

The Dolphins kept their lead throughout the second half, and took a 16-9 lead on junior Kelly Fraser’s third goal of the game with 5:46 to play.

CMSV has yet to practice on an outdoor field. Instead, the team practices in the basketball gym on campus. The transition from a small gym to the huge field is a big adjustment for the players, but they rose to the challenge on Thursday.

“We try our best to work with what we have, but sometimes not having a field to practice on is detrimental to us,” Carr said. “However, I’m really impressed with how well we’ve been able to adapt when we get on the field.”

Freshman Shannon Steimel scored four goals and had two assists, while Fraser also had three assists. 

Carr, Catherine Maas, Jessica McAllister and Brittany DeGennaro each scored a goal, and Kaitlin McCormack recorded a career-high 14 saves.

It also marked the first win for new head coach Jill Hutchinson. She had high hopes going into the game and felt confident as it started.

“It feels great to have my first win as a head coach,” Hutchinson said. “The season started off a bit rocky, but I believe this is where we are going to turn it around and be very successful.”

This win was exactly what they needed, according to the team. Mezzanotte hopes that it will give them the confidence to do well in the future.

“Most importantly, we played well together,” Carr said.

The Dolphins (1-2) will return to the field on Monday at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

Editor’s note: Newsroom intern Kaitlin McCormick is the goalkeeper for the College of Mount St. Vincent Dolphins. 

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