Matt Gad – Sports Writer
Despite three goals from junior Samantha Cozzolino, the Owls were unable to handle the Bentley Falcons at Jess Dow Field last Saturday, losing the contest, 13-6.
“We’ve had better days with better outcomes,” interim head coach Betsy Vendel said. “But we’re definitely learning from our mistakes. This team definitely works for their upperclassmen, their senior class, and they’re hungry for more wins. They definitely work hard everyday to try and achieve those goals for their seniors.”
Coming off a 19-3 defeat at the hands of Adelphi, the Owls were trying to get their season back in focus, in search of their fourth win. Bentley came into the contest with seven wins, having dominated the NE10 Conference at 6-1 and taking on an Owls team with in-conference struggles so far this season.
The Falcons led the scoring in the first half, going up 8-3. They had multiple goals from Julia Glavin, Kathleen Gillespie, Claire Thompson and Cara McCarthy and one each from Ciara Morley, Jillian Lynch, Paige O’Neill, Marykate Staines and Sabrina Goebel.
“We’re usually more of a second-half team but today we just had a breakdown together as a team. We were slower on attack today; more stagnant,” Cozzolino said. “Our defense played well … we were just unlucky with calls. There’s definitely a lot to improve on but we have the time to do it.”
In addition to Cozzolino’s offense, the Owls had goals from Nicole Healey, Taylor Portelinha and Hailey Prindle-Nelson. They did, however, pick up a lot of yellow cards, which is given for a first-time penalty and involves a five-minute absence from the game. In all, the Owls picked up six instances while Bentley only had three.
The Falcons were also presented with a green card for a delay of game, issued to their team captain, Goebel. According to women’s lacrosse rules, the green card is always reserved for that of a player in the captain’s role.
“We’re just in a mid-season slump,” said Cozzolino, who plays on attack. “We have the talent but we just have to get together, stay composed and execute.”
The Owls are currently 1-7 away from Jess Dow Field and 1-1 at home, having beaten American International College, 14-10, March 28. They have five games left: today at home with Le Moyne, Friday at Southern New Hampshire University, April 17 at home with New Haven and April 21 with Merrimack and April 25 on the road at Assumption College.
In recent memory, the women’s lacrosse program hasn’t reached more than four wins in a given season. In 2014, with Maureen Spellman, who left the team after last season to accept the same position at Division III Endicott, the Owls went 4-13, despite a 1-10 conference record and 2-8 mark on the road.
“It’s definitely doable,” Vendel said, on reaching more than four wins. “Definitely doable.”
Photo Courtesy: southernctowls.com