Reagan Bednar ~ Guest Writer
After a losing season in 2022, the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s lacrosse team looks to improve into a championship caliber team in 2023.
Going 8 -11 was not a part of the plan for the Hornets in 2022. After learning from the hardships of last season, the women’s lacrosse team is set to make a name for themselves.
Jayde Mayer, a junior defender said, “Our motto for this year is to ‘find a way’ which really represents our goals; such as winning the ODAC and having a winning record. I think another big goal is to change our reputation and show everyone that we are a serious team who is capable of winning.”
Before winning a championship however, the Hornets must be focused on winning their season opener against the competitive Mary Washington University team.
Sophomore defender, Meredith Bornholdt, said “The matchup against Mary Washington is a big game for us. It is our first game of the season and it is home. Our teams should be pretty evenly matched, which will make it a very competitive game. If we play to our standards and do all the little things right, we will come out on top.”
The competition between Lynchburg and Mary Washington has historically been an exciting matchup. In 2021, Lynchburg bested the nationally ranked Eagles in overtime to earn themselves a national ranking.
This year’s test will not go Lynchburg’s way without strong leadership from captains and seniors.
Senior captain Alla Dainiel said, “As one of the Captains on the team, I have been focused on encouraging and pushing my teammates to the best of their ability. I believe now is the time to hit the gas and give the season everything we have because later it will pay off when we get to the playoffs.”
Lynchburg will open their season on Shellengber Field this Saturday at 1pm. To follow the Lynchburg women’s lacrosse team this season, visit https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wlax/index.