Trinity Women’s Lacrosse Gears up for Another Successful Season

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Hannah Feinberg ’24

Contributing Writer

Trinity Women’s Lacrosse is working towards a season as impactful as they had last year. The team finished the 2022-23 season with a 13-6 overall record, including 6-4 against NESCAC conference rivals. The Bantams faced Colby College in the first round of the NESCAC tournament and lost, but soon after received a bid to the NCAA tournament, making it far to the Elite Eight. They ultimately finished their season in the third round of the NCAA Championship with a 9-22 loss to undefeated in-conference rival and powerhouse Middlebury College. They ended the season ranked 13th in Division III and their final record was a team best since 2018.

Prior to the start of the 2023-24 season, Molly McGuckin ’26 was named to the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All American Third Team. The stand-out sophomore received numerous accolades at the end of her first year and seems to be continuing the trend into her second season with the Bantams. She had the team high in goals, 58, and was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American Second Team.

The Bantams’ first matchup of the 2023-24 season was an in-conference rival, the Bowdoin College Polar Bears. Following their first game last Saturday, March 2, the Tripod spoke with senior team captains Casey Ward ’24, Caroline Lampert ’24 and Quincy Connell ’24. They detail their expectations for the season, their excitement for the year and their ability to succeed.

Ward spoke on the team’s mental and physical preparations that they hone in on during preseason. “Because we’re a spring sport, we’ve been practicing together since September. We had five weeks of practices with our coaches, so I think physically we were already able to jump in early in September with practices and getting a mojo going with the team.” The team works with Trinity Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Bill DeLongis, who trains using a series of grueling conditioning and weightlifting workouts prior to the start of the season. The team had an early start in September, as they were allowed to practice with their coaches in the fall for the first time since the NCAA rule change last season; the change could prove to help the team be even further prepared for the start of the season.

All three captains put emphasis on the mental aspect of team chemistry as well. Connell explained how important the little parts of a long season are, saying that the team is “really focusing on the day-to-day and making sure that everyone really feels like they have a role on the team. Just really making sure we’re focusing on doing all the little things correctly so that the big things can happen.”

The team is very close-knit and relies on each other as a unit, with Ward adding that “just leaning in on each other and having each other’s backs [is incredibly important]. We call it the storm phase right now, where the last three or four weeks of preseason we’re playing against each other… it’s a tough preseason because you’re just grinding every day, but I think we were leaning on each other and that’s how we could mentally prepare for the season.”

Connell also spoke on building from the team’s success from last year and setting long-term goals for the season. “Besides the goals that we have every year of doing well in the NESCAC — and especially going off of last year’s season where we made it to the NCAA tournament — we definitely want to meet those goals and go beyond this year.” The team has big shoes to fill after their long playoff push in the 2022-23 season.

Lampert put priority on the team working as a unit, from first-year all the way through to the seniors, as a key to success. “Something that we’re really excited about with this group of girls is the depth that we have this season,” she said. “It’s something that we’ve been missing in the past. Just being able to continue to adapt and change the players that are on the field and what we’re able to bring to different teams is something that is really special this year.” Lampert touched on the importance of the junior and senior classes coming together to lead the team successfully as well. She mentioned the talent of the incoming first-year class playing into their future success in the season and how returner McGuckin will be an impact player once again. The team will look to their chemistry and the ability of every player to contribute this year, even if it is not on the scoresheet. The three captains will all play important roles in the team’s success throughout the year, with all of them logging high minutes of gameplay.

The team faces another tough NESCAC opponent on Saturday, March 9 as they travel to Tufts University. They will look for revenge after losing to the Jumbos 7-13 last year. During the week of spring break, the Bantams will travel to Maryland to play out of conference opponent, Ithaca College, and continue to build on their team chemistry.

The team is led by Head Coach Katy Szymanski, who has a history of success in her 10 seasons at the helm in one of the toughest conferences in NCAA Division III. Her guidance will help the Bantams continue their tradition of successful seasons. The team is excited to make another strong push with goals to head deep into playoffs once again.

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