BEXLEY, Ohio—Despite a strong first-half effort, the Franciscan University women's lacrosse team lost 16-3 to Capital University in their first game of the season.
With the 2013 inaugural season under their belts, the Lady Baron lacrosse team came out determined to build on their record from last year. The first half looked promising as sophomore midfielder Lauren Noce scored seven minutes in and assisted sophomore attack Tracy McClelland's goal near the 11 minute mark.
The Lady Baron defense also forced 18 turnovers in the first half while the offense had 11 shots on goal.
Head coach Maura Conant said it was the second half that proved a struggle for the young team.
"Going into the second half we were down 7-2 so we were still in it," Conant said. "But we had a really hard time on our midfield transitions."
Due to recent sub-freezing temperatures and limited indoor space for training, Conant said it has been difficult to simulate full-field transitions, which hurt the Lady Barons when it came time for outdoor play.
Another stumbling block came in the form of three second violations, the amount of time a defender is allowed within the eight meter arc.
"The three second rule killed us, but it's something we're going to grow from," Conant said.
Although FUS fell behind in the second half, the coach added that there were still positive aspects to their performance, such as the Baron to Crusader turnover ratio of 26-30.
"The fact that we had less turnovers is good because it means our possession was probably equal to Capital's," Conant said. "They were just able to use their possession better than we did."
Conant also highlighted Noce's performance, opening the score for the Barons and assisting the other two goals.
"She's our highest scorer from last season and just an all-around really complete player," Conanat said.
Overall the coach said that while the loss was not the preferred way to start the season, the team can learn from its mistakes.
"We need to work our way through the mountain, and we still have two months of our season to do that," she said.
With first-game nerves gone, the Lady Barons face another chance to compete, this time against Waynesburg University on Wednesday March 5th at 7pm.