Mar. 28, 2017

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Kalamazoo, MI

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Est. 1877

Women’s lacrosse struggles in home opener, falling to Oberlin

Women’s Lax Drops Season Opener

Cecelia DiFranco K’17 runs away from the opposition in the game on Sunday (Kalamazoo College Athletic Department)
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The women’s lacrosse team lost their first game of the season 21-4 to Oberlin at MacKenzie Field on Sunday. The Hornets scored two goals in each half and that was all that they could muster up for offense for the day. On the other end of the field defense was repeatedly challenged and could not stand up to the test, allowing 13 goals in the first half and 8 in the second half.

The game was really a tale of two teams, one powerhouse offensive team that dominated from the faceoff, and one who struggled often at times just to gain possession of the ball. The statistics pretty much tell the entire story of the game, Oberlin dominated nearly every single category.

Oberlin outshot K 46 to 14 and won draw controls 18 to 9. They were also better defensively, winning 20 ground balls to K’s 9 and clearing 13 of 15 times compared to K’s lowly 7 of 13 times. If Kalamazoo hopes to win some games going forward, they will need to improve across all aspects of the field.

It was the women’s first game under new Head Coach Jess Smith. One reason for the performance from K could be due to the fact that K did not have Coach Smith for their fall-ball season. The new head coach is leading the team on shortened time and it will be interesting to see what kind of results they produce in the future.

The women’s next seven games are away from Kalamazoo. While this does include a team trip across the country to California, the women will have to play without a home crowd behind them. Their next home game is April 12th at 7:00 p.m. as the host arch-rival Hope at MacKenzie Field.

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