March 23, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 12

Tough beginning to women's lacrosse season

Junior Rianne Farrugia. Photo courtesy of

Junior Rianne Farrugia. Photo courtesy of

Rianne Farrugia is optimistic about this year's NU woman's lacrosse team even though it has had a rough start.

"Monday against Buffalo was a hard- fought game and if we had five more minutes we would have won."

The Niagara Women's Lacrosse team is having a difficult time getting a winning foot into its season this year. A leading scorer and senior Alison Valero is out for the majority of the season due to a knee injury. Their record is currently standing at 0-3.

Their opponents thus far have been: Albany, where they lost 2-24; St. Francis, 10-13; and finally their most recent game against Buffalo on Monday, March 15, where they had a close game, ending in a loss of 8-10.

The girls have not gone down without a putting up a fight. Their games against St. Francis and Buffalo have been very close. The Purple Eagles have many key players, including Farrugia, who lead the team in their Buffalo game with two goals and one assist, totaling three points. Following her, sophomore Lauren Bowen, Caitlin Sacco, Nicole Karek and senior Leigh Downing have all been major contributors to the beginning of this season's fight for glory.

When speaking with Farrugia, she speaks highly of the team even with the struggles they have been having.

"Our season is starting off slow, but it looks promising," she says. We lost two major players this year due to torn ACLs, we are hoping for others to step up. We are playing hard and planning on turning this program around."

Wednesday, March 16, the Purple Eagles played a tough contender, the LeMoyne Dolphins, from Syracuse. The game ended with a loss, 15-5. The first half was hard-hitting, as the Dolphins managed to score a 10-0 lead. With a minute left, Downing scored two goals leaving the Eagles with two less goals to catch up for the second half.

LeMoyne scored four more goals, resulting in a 14-2 lead in the second half. Fortunately, Niagara was able to get in three more goals by Courtney Formato, Emily French and Downing, who came back to score another, (totaling three points for her in the game.

Farriugia still sounded hopeful after the game and was able to look forward to the future: "We had a struggle from the start, not having a couple players really hurt us. But we are learning. We see what is working on the turf and what is not, and what we need to improve on. We are looking forward to the next game."

On Friday, March 26, the women are facing Detroit-Mercy at 7 p.m.

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