By Seth Morin
The women’s lacrosse team has taken to the field four times in its inaugural varsity season.
They have yet to win a game in the program’s short history, but it is not for a lack of effort.
The team has improved each game, and the scores are showing. In almost every game they have scored more goals than they did in the last.
This season also marks another first – the first season that Stephanie Eft is at the head coaching position.
Last season, she was an assistant coach under Veronica Mitchell, who has since stepped into an assistant role.
But Eft does have previous head coaching experience.
She has been the head coach at North Central High School since 2012 after being an assistant coach at Bishop Chatard High School from 2010 to 2012.
During her time as a player, she was a three-year team captain and four-year varsity letter winner at Hamilton Southeastern High School before playing one season at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
“Coach Steph has really transformed our team,” sophomore Carley Campbell said. “Honestly, I have never seen a group of girls learn the game so fast. She really brought us all together and pushed us to be better – even as a first-year varsity team.”
Campbell said the first year has basically been going as expected.
“We may not be winning every game, but we are giving it our all,” Campbell said. “As a first-year team with only a few really experienced girls, I am amazed with the progress that we have made. The scoreboard may not show it, but if you compare our first game to our most recent one, you will see how much we have changed.”
Senior Audrey Wilson agrees.
“We are working hard to improve each day at compete at this level,” Wilson said.
She said because it is the team’s first year, there has been more commitment from players.
“I have never been on such a selfless team before, and I absolutely love it,” Wilson said. “We understand that things are going to be tough, but that does not stop us from having fun and enjoying the game.”
The team has plenty of room for improvement, especially when it comes to transitions, Wilson said.
“We have been cooped up a lot, and a lot of girls are learning the differences in transitions across the field,” she said. “If we make a few adjustments there and on attack, we could really change our game.”
This team has a pair of home games this weekend as they face off against Thomas Moore Saturday at 1 p.m. and Mt. St. Joseph Sunday at 1 p.m.
The stretch of home games will conclude Tuesday as they play Hanover at 7 p.m.