The Chapman women’s lacrosse team won its fifth straight game Saturday, defeating the visiting University of Redlands 11-6 to claim a senior night win.
With two games left in the regular season, the second-place Panthers next face off against first-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps April 19. If the Panthers win, they will be tied for first place in the conference. The Athenas are the only conference team to beat the Panthers this season in a 15-9 win at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps March 4.
“I think that everyone values the season even more because this is the last time we will be playing lacrosse with this team,” said freshman defender Mika Henrickson. “We really do need to make the most of it because we all know that we do have the potential to go far.”
For the final two games of the season, freshman defender Ally Kroeckel said that the team will keep working on defense.
“In terms of defense, we just create a stronger sense of urgency on the field to win our last two games. Sometimes it’s if we have to play a man down, we are forced to communicate a lot more and we carry that through the rest of the game,” Kroeckel said.
The Bulldogs came out fast Saturday, scoring three goals in the first three minutes of the game, but the Panthers were able to fight their way back.
“We got possession and really took care of the ball on attack. We tightened up on defense and took control of the clears, which really helped a lot. Offense was poised with the ball and held really long possessions as well,” Kroeckel said.
The women’s lacrosse team has not lost to Redlands since 2014.
“Once we got ahold of ourselves, the game played out nicely. Sometimes it’s just remembering who and why you’re playing. It was a huge game for some of our seniors who have never lost to Redlands,” Kroeckel said.
Junior midfielders Becka Wachtel and Stacey Zuppa led the offense on their last conference game against the Bulldogs, with both scoring three goals apiece.
“There was an extra sense of urgency – I think there always is every time we play, but tonight especially because it was for all our seniors,” Kroeckel said.
Chapman will host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps April 19 at 7 p.m. before closing out its season at Whittier College April 22 at 11 a.m.