By Caroline Ryan and Griffin Ward
The LIU Post women’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Bridgeport 15-2 in the East Coast Conference at a home game on April 4.
The team, which has a season record of 8-2, began the game with a 9-0 lead.
The Pioneers defense kept Bridgeport from scoring until the 6:40 mark. In the second half of the game, the Pioneers were able to remain in the lead until the final goal at 8:53.
The defense was strong, only allowing Bridgeport 16 shots throughout the game. LIU Post senior Olivia Kirk made six saves, and sophomore Jill Hummel added one save in relief, preventing Bridgeport from gaining an advantage.
“I think our biggest asset is that everyone plays really well together and we have a lot of hard workers,” Mackenzie Hitchcock, junior attackman for the team, said. “I think we are really good at reading each other and so that ability to play together really helps on the field.” Hitchcock added the lone assist during the game.
The team is always working to improve its game.
“We have hit a few bumps in the road, we had a couple of losses but it showed us where we need to improve. We come out every day with the goal of getting better and hopefully hitting our best point at the end of the season and going into the playoffs,” Hitchcock said.
Sophomore midfielders, Alyssa Mallery and Brianna Feldman aided in the win, with Mallery scoring five goals followed by Feldman with four goals, three ground balls and two turnovers.
“Our offense is very dominant, you can’t just shut us down. The team is very unselfish and they really love to play with each other and use each other to be successful,” LIU Post women’s lacrosse coach Meghan McNamara said. “Our defense is also very strong. We’re just going to be feeding off of that and continue to keep building and create every option, so we are unstoppable,” she added.
The Pioneers’ next game is on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. against St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.
This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer.com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.