MORAGA, Calif. — In the season’s home opener, the Saint Mary’s lacrosse team (0-2, 0-2 MPSF) battled till the very end and displayed an impressive second half in the loss to No. 15 Stanford (2-2, 1-0 MPSF).
Despite the deficit and the often hard rainfall, SMC recorded five goals- all in the second half to showcase the team’s mental toughness and grit.
“I am really proud of the team and the way they fought today,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Alicia Florin. “It was a tough loss today, but the team showed immense effort and great character.”
Senior keeper Sydney Pinello continued as the starter in goal for the Gaels before being relieved by first year player Cassidy Hoffman. The defense which allowed just six second half goals was spearheaded by a total of 13 caused turnovers. Senior Molly Kuptz led the way with four caused turnovers. Three Gaels each caused two turnovers.
Saint Mary’s totaled 16 shots on the day, with 11 being on goal.
The Gaels will now be on the road for five straight games beginning with Robert Morris on Friday, Feb. 24.
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