Lacrosse works to defend title

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Earlier this season the Pacific University women’s lacrosse team lost by one point in a match against George Fox University.

Hoping to defend their conference champion title in a rematch, the women’s lacrosse team focuses their attention on Wednesday night’s game, April 20.

With only two games left in the season, captain and junior midfielder Paisley Hiefield said these games are really important, especially Wednesday night’s game.

“In these next two days at practice we will be preparing for our last games and focusing on getting ready as a team,” Hiefield said. “The game against George Fox really decides who will be the conference champions this year.”

In preparation for this game, Hiefield mentioned the team’s focus is working on fundamental stick skills and preventing unnecessary turnovers.

“Possession is key in a lacrosse game, it’s everything and one of our strategies for this game is making the best of each possession,” Hiefield said. “We lost by just one point in the first game against George Fox, so a lot of it comes down to playing smart.”

Overall, Hiefield said their season went really well. If the women’s lacrosse team does win on Wednesday, their season is over and they will finish tied for first place with George Fox resulting in a share of the conference title.

“We played stronger teams this year and even if we lost in those games, we were happy to play against them and to get that experience,” Hiefield said. “For next year, we just have to get a stronger strength of schedule and beat better teams to continue on competing beyond our conference.”

Strength of Schedule (SOS) refers to the difficulty of a team’s opponent as compared to other teams. Hiefield explains it, as the national rankings for each team.

The teams that were not in their conference are considered as “nonconference games.” The computation of a SOS varies, but according to Hiefield, they are evaluated off of who the team plays in nonconference games, how many games they won out of those nonconference games and how good the opponent was.

The team is still “getting pumped” to “My House” by Flo Rida before each game and plans to continue the tradition for the last two games.

“While this is a huge game for us because it determines who is the conference champions, it is also senior night and our last home game,” Hiefield said. “We have three seniors this year and hopefully we achieve our goal in remaining as the conference champions.”


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