Women’s Lacrosse Seeking A-10 Sucess, Hardware

Sam Thomas ‘20

Senior Sports Writer

The team huddles togther during a game; the ‘Cats return all but for players for their 2019 campagin. 

After upsetting VCU in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament a season ago, Davidson Lacrosse is looking to put together another strong season. The ‘Cats’ performance a season ago coupled with the loss of only four seniors from last year earned them a preseason ranking of fourth in the A-10. However, the team believes that there is no ceiling for its success. a solid performance in goal.

“Without a doubt, my goal for this season is winning the A-10 tournament,” noted senior midfielder Sarah Kopp. “For me, a successful senior campaign would include taking down UMass and going home in April with a championship trophy.”

UMass ranks second in the A-10 preseason standings after finishing runners-up to Richmond a year ago. Both Richmond, who is the preseason favorite to win the conference, and UMass are perennial powerhouse programs. UMass typically loads its non-conference schedule with a multitude of teams from power five conferences so as to prep their historically balanced offensive attack with defensive tactics. Meanwhile, Richmond’s squad relied heavily on their defensive prowess last season to grind out close games, especially in conference play.

Kopp’s work to improve the ‘Cats’ ability in the midfield should provide ample support on both fronts. She said, “I’m hoping to make a big contribution on the draw, and I am also working to improve my ability on the offensive end.”

Draws are the battles for the ball in neutral territory at the start of each half and after a goal. By winning those at a higher rate, Davidson will earn extra possessions and have a greater chance of setting the tone of the game. Draws are pivotal in high profile matches, such as those conference matchups against UMass and Richmond on March 22nd and April 12th respectively.

Senior, Sarah Kopp controls the ball Wth a nifty cradle; this Season Kopp will play a pivotal role in the team’s success. 

Other key matchups this season include back-to-back non-conference games against Duke in Durham and William and Mary at Davidson on March 11th and March 14th. These games will act as an opportunity for the ‘Cats to play up to teams that are typically on the national radar and can be a boost of confidence before conference play.

Though the top six teams qualify for the conference tournament, the ‘Cats will be gunning for one of the top two seeds during the regular season so as to secure a first round bye. Last season, the bye proved to be advantageous as both Richmond and UMass took advantage of the additional rest and preparation time to make it to the final. The secret will be the team’s consistency. 

“We had a tendency to either be on a roll or in our heads,” noted Kopp about the previous season. “This year, I am hoping to see more consistency and the ability to bounce back quicker from mistakes.”

All in all, there is a lot to be excited about for this upcoming season and beyond. The team’s experience in the A-10 tournament a season ago has helped the team mature and gave them invaluable experience. The ‘Cats open up their season on the road against Winthrop on February 10th and open up their home schedule with senior day against Furman on February 16th at Richardson Stadium. After a successful fall season and winter preseason training, this spring has all of the makings to be what Kopp and the rest of the team hopes will be the best season that this senior class and general lacrosse program have ever had.

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