Women’s Lacrosse Embracing During a Game (image courtesy: Jim Stankiewicz)

The women’s lacrosse team at SNHU looks to begin their season against a non-conference opponent, Roberts Wesleyan College, on March 6 at Penmen Stadium.

In the NE10 Preseason Coaches Poll, the women’s lacrosse team was ranked 10th, according to Penmen Athletics.

Defender Sydney Todd (‘23) from Pelham, NH, is looking forward to the team getting back on track after a year and a half of uncertainty.

“I’m most looking forward to a fresh start since this is the most normal season we have had since before COVID…. We had a successful season of fall ball and have had a great preseason so far,” said Todd.

Nearly two years following her freshman year that was cut short, Todd has noticed some changes to the team, including some of the names on the roster.

“We are looking like an entirely new team this year which is exciting to see,” said Todd. “Overall, we have nine new girls on the team this year, five of them are freshmen. We also have a brand new coaching staff which is super exciting.”

Midfielder Courtney Cronin (‘23) acknowledges the team’s changes since the last “normal” season and is prepared to get the season started.

“I am most excited to see how much our team has grown since last year. With a new coach and nine new players, our team has already felt so much stronger,” said Cronin. “Being a junior, I am personally working on becoming more of a leader for the younger players on my team.”

With all of the interference that the pandemic has brought into the lives of college athletes, one might think getting back out on the field would be more tiring than usual.

“Some practices are definitely very tiring, but I don’t think it’s necessarily different from having some time off; I think that it is more about how hard we are all working to get better,” said Cronin.

The team is doing anything they can to stay ready for a season that they hope to be a rebound from the last, and look forward to making any necessary improvements.

“Practices have been great. I think we’ve brought great, positive energy onto the field each day. We were also at a bit of an advantage by coming back to school so early this semester, as we were able to start practicing earlier than most teams,” said Todd.

With a significantly new coaching staff and roster, SNHU women’s lacrosse looks to turn heads and do what needs to be done to achieve the season of victory that they desire.