The women’s lacrosse team finished their regular season this past Saturday with a 12-6 defeat to Adrian College. Despite the loss, the Hornets still made the postseason thanks to a dramatic win last week over St. Mary’s. Thanks to the win last week and St. Mary’s loss to Hope on Saturday, the Hornets successfully clinched their first ever playoff berth.
This first ever playoff berth in program history comes in the first season under new head coach Jess Smith. The team finished the season 4-4 this year, doing just enough to squeeze into the last of four playoff spots.
The Hornets were led on offense this year by first year Amanda Moss who racked up an astonishing 18 goals and 9 assists. Her shooting percentage for the season was an impressive 55%, even though she took more than 30 shots. Junior Anna Dairaghi and Senior Elizabeth Arellano helped the Hornets out with their strong work rates; picking up 16 and 15 ground balls respectively. Dairaghi was a presence all over the field, she had 8 goals this season to go along with her 16 ground balls.
One of the major keys to K’s success this year has been sophomore goalkeeper Katie Johnson. Johnson was coming off an All-MIAA Second Team season and has had another wonderful year for the Hornets. She’s played eight total conference games this year, being the lone goalkeeper on the team she had to play every game, and had an impressive goals against average of 7.38. She compiled almost 91 saves on the season and has a save percentage of over 60%. Johnson will be a big contributor to the Hornets if they make a deep run in the playoffs this spring.
The playoff game will take place tomorrow, Thursday May 5th at Albion at 5:00pm. The women lost a close one, 9-7 earlier this season at Albion and will be looking to get revenge in this game. There is extra incentive for the women as well, this could be their last season for the next three years of playoff consideration, as their team was one of the teams the school has chosen not to repackage if the ban appeal fails.