Two years after going 17-0 and winning the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division II national championship, the women’s lacrosse team has transitioned from a club sport to a Division III varsity sport at Chapman.
Women’s lacrosse has been successful over its first four years, averaging 11 wins a season and putting together a 44-17 record in that time.
Yet while changing to a varsity sport may seem daunting, senior captain Gabriella David is excited by the challenge.
“We’re all pumped by the move because we want to prove that we belong,” she said. “A lot of teams are doubting our abilities but we want to prove them wrong and beat everyone.”
Having a captain with such confidence is why Head Coach Brian Eisenberg hasn’t altered his expectations or goals.
“We want to win the SCIAC conference and the national championship,” he said. “I have no doubt we can be the best in the country for Division III lacrosse.”
Eisenberg’s confidence can be attributed to the current team’s depth. The Panthers didn’t graduate any starters and added freshman players to the team.
“All our freshman are really good and in great shape already,” David said. “They’ve already started to develop great chemistry and are looking solid.”
With so many returning starters, Eisenberg hopes to increase the tempo of the offense. If they do so, he believes they can be a better team than last year’s.
“We’re going to be a really deep team with a lot of experience,” he said. “We just have to stay healthy during the season.”