Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Teams Play First Ever Home Games
The men’s lacrosse team lost 26-0 in the program’s first home game. PHOTO BY BEN CAMPBELL.
BY BEN CAMPBELL
The Westminster men’s and women’s lacrosse teams played in their respective home openers on Saturday against Benedictine College (Kansas). The women lost 22-1, and the men were shut out 26-0.
Saturday was the women’s first game of their inaugural season. Peyton Hall, ‘18, started in net and made 15 saves. Madison Taggart, ‘20, scored the program’s first goal, midway through the second half.
Although the women lost by 21 points, they said that they look forward to the growth of their program.
“Not very many girls have played the sport before,” midfielder Bailey Mitchell, ’17, said. “It was good for us to see how our work in practice translates into a game setting, and I think as the game went on we started to get a feel for how everything worked.”
On the men’s side, Jake Hammerstone, ‘20, and Ethan Muffett, ‘17, recorded all three shots on goal for the Blue Jays. Tirso Aquino, ‘17, started the game in net and made 15 saves on 28 shots – a .536 save percentage. Andrew Patterson, ‘19, replaced Aquino at halftime and finished the game.
Like the women, the men remain upbeat and excited for the future.
“This team is full of very ambitious and dedicated men,” midfielder Andrew Young, ’18, said. “Despite our losses, the most important thing for our team’s growth is understanding where we stand as a team. Our new coach, Scott Fields, has been extremely positive and is excited about the rest of this season.”
Both teams continue their season on Thursday, March 2, at the University of St. Mary. The women’s game will start at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s at 7:30 p.m.