Looking to improve

As spring weather approaches, the Oswego State women’s lacrosse team looks to improve on last year’s dismal season.

The lacrosse team ended last season at 7-10, and failed to qualify for postseason play.

The team struggled in performances toward the end of the season with a few big losses – 20-9 by Buffalo State, 16-9 by Fredonia and 19-5 by SUNY Oneonta in the final game of the season.

Head coach Brandi Ostrander, along with the team, was upset with their performance, but sees improvement for the new season.

"We have worked very hard on gaining composure in pressure situations as well as valuing possession on all parts of the field," Ostrander said.

The team is focused on fixing all the mistakes they made last season and trying to qualify for the SUNYAC playoffs. Ostrander is encouraging some of the key players like junior attacker Erin Cummings, senior midfielder Brianne Borrow and junior defenseman Lisa Caselle to continue their strong performances.

For Borrow, serves as team captain, has been with the team since her freshman year, understands the team’s frustrations and where the areas of improvement need to be focused on.

"Last year’s season had much room for improvement, including myself," Borrow said. "To be the best team we have to keep up our hard work and intensity. We need to communicate at a higher level than what we are now and we will be golden."

So far, the 2011 team is living up to their goals. With some fresh new faces and a team determined to win and not let anything get in their way, the women’s lacrosse team is showing that they came into this season prepared.

The lacrosse team won their first game of the season against Kean University, 16-11, in overtime.

"It was a great first win and we hope that enthusiasm carries," Ostrander said. "I see a ton of potential for the rest of the season, but it depends on the motivation and the ‘will to win’ in every individual on this team. We have to work hard every day and I believe it will pay off at the end of this season."

That enthusiasm has carried. On Tuesday, the team won the second game of the season against Clarkson University, 15-14. The team has started to find their momentum and looks to keep it up in the following games.