Natalie Del Castillo
Radford University women’s club lacrosse team participated in UNCW’s Endless Summer Tournament at UNC Wilmington. The Highlanders kicked off the tournament against Wilmington at the beginning of the day. Junior Kelli Grant made two goals and freshman Haily Sousa made one. Players had eight shots on goal, combined. Holding a strong defense while also playing thorough offense, they ended their first game tied 3-3.
The team went into their second game ready to take home a victory. With strong defense from seniors Britney Nielsen and Caitlin McCarron, the Highs were not losing their second game against Duke. Freshman goalie Rehn West outdid herself with ten saves on goal. Junior Alyssa Tompkins, Grant and Nielsen were a triple-threat by scoring two goals apiece. Their hard work paid off, with the Highs achieving a 7-6 win.
Coming off with positive vibes from their two previous games, the team was ready to conquer North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack. Grant scored the most goals in the game, with a total of six. The team was able to bust out two new plays, created by senior Head Coach Craig Cope during a time-out. The Highs won almost every draw, as well. The final score was in RU’s favor, 10-3. Their transitions were impeccable, while also completing multiple interceptions and turnovers.
“We went into the tournament coming off a rough loss the week before but we really got our heads into the game and played like the team we are,” said senior Marie Triolo.
With a tie and two wins, the Highs were able to leave the tournament being the only team undefeated, technically making them the champions.
“Being a senior, this was my last away tournament,” Nielsen said. “I believe our team’s performance is at it’s best when we spend a whole weekend playing together. We did amazing together at the tournament, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”