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It was a tough weekend for the Radford University club lacrosse team.
Starting off at home on Friday evening, the Highs competed against Elon University. Junior Astin Altenburg scored one goal and junior Alyssa Tompkins scored the other two for the Highs.
Even with a strong defense the Highs were unable to pull a win out of this one. While the Highs had a strong defense, including nine saves on goal from freshman goalie Rehn West, the score still came out to be 11-3 in Elon’s favor.
On Sunday, April 3 the Highs started the day off playing Appalachian State University in Bonne, N.C.
The game was extremely close, with junior Kelli Grant, alumna Danielle Brown, Altenburg and Tompkins all making goals. West showed incredible defense with 13 saves but it was not enough to save the Highs from the 7-6 final score.
“I don’t think we played up to our full potential in our games this past weekend,” said freshman Katie Barron. “The game against Appalachian State was the one that would have gotten us into the playoffs, but we weren’t able to come through in the end.”
After their loss against App State, the team went right into their next game against University of North Carolina. In this case the third time was not a charm.
The final score of the game was 14-3. After three losses, the squad was exhausted.
“We lost by a lot more in the second game against UNC, but I definitely think we played more as a team,” Barron said. “Our coach, Craig Cope, tried really hard to make sure everybody played and [was] given the chance to show what they can do on the field. This weekend showed that we have a lot to work on in the few weeks left of this season and also for next year, so hopefully things will just get better from here.”
The team had similar feelings about their losses.
“Even though we lost the games, we played more like a team than we had this entire semester,” said sophomore Taryn Yezek. “And the game versus App State was so close and that definitely showed how much we’ve improved, especially on defense.”
Next weekend, the women’s lacrosse club team will be competing in a tournament at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.