Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/21
From Press Release
The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team is set to kick off its 2021 season this afternoon as the Hawks host Hofstra at 4:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
Please note that in accordance with the guidance provided by health professionals regarding COVID-19, all games scheduled for Sweeney Field during the month of February will be played without spectators present. A decision on games in March and April will be made at a later date.
In advance of the start of the season, head coach Alex Kahoe (Agnes Irwin) shared her thoughts on what she expects to see as her team takes the field.
How excited are you and the team to get back out on the field after the unfortunate way that last season ended?
AK: Our team is thrilled to be out on the field! I think that we’ve really come together and shown a lot of resilience, a lot of grit, and a lot of discipline over the past 11 months and in making it through a fall season together where we had to learn a new process and come together in a unique way. To be able to be back on the field playing and competing together in practice and looking forward to competing against another team is really exciting.
You have a lot of veteran experience returning, especially on the offensive end with Bridget Cerciello (Southern Lehigh), Stephanie Kelly, and Penny Green; how important will that be for your team with a shortened preseason to have so many players with such experience?
AK: I think it’s very important. First of all, to be able to have such great leaders on our team is crucial in a time like this in terms of bringing the team together and being great role models. This is a year where we keep talking about the importance of learning fast and doing the little things on your own to be ready, as well as really valuing the moment and each opportunity you have, and to be able to have a lot of experience returning and a lot of great leaders, they’re not only stepping up themselves, but they’re also able to bring along the underclassmen and help support us as coaches in terms of implementing what we need to do to feel as prepared as possible for our first opponent.
Defensively, you have a lot of experience as well, with Julia Pash, Sarah Platt (Agnes Irwin), and Lindsey Smith (Springfield-Montco) in front of transfer Melissa Semkiw; how big of a boost is this to the squad?
AK: We’re a team that likes to score a lot of goals and play fast, and in order to do that, we need to have a solid defense that builds confidence, from our goalkeeper into the whole defensive unit. I think with the returners we have, and with our goalkeepers, we’re excited to have a solid defense really stepping up and building the confidence within the team from there.
How have your freshmen adjusted to their first year of collegiate lacrosse?
AK: As a whole, I’ve been really proud of our incoming freshman class. It’s been a challenging year in many ways for them, and they’ve come in and hit the ground running. They have been open for anything and have really stepped up to the occasion.
The goal every year is to win the A-10; what do you think can be the difference in achieving that goal this season?
AK: We have a very experienced team and we have a very hungry team. They want to be here, they’re here to compete, and they’re here to win. They know that in order to do that, there are more details that they have to focus on more than ever to make that happen. We have to come together as a team, be on the same page, take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way, play in the moment, and take everything one day at a time. The experience we have, as well as playing as consistently as possible, I think that can be the difference.
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