The Colorado Mesa University women’s lacrosse team keeps on winning, but they have not liked how they have been winning. However the team was happier with their 11-7 win against Fort Lewis College Skyhawks on Wednesday.
“Today was a big step for us,” midfielder Olivia Hayden said. “We have been struggling, but it hasn’t shown because we have been winning. We have been upset with our wins which is kind of strange, but today was a lot better.”
“I think we just went out there and had fun,” midfielder Jessica Cook said. “We kind of struggled with being positive and we would get down on ourselves, when we made little mistakes.”
Both players finished with a hat trick with Cook finishing with four goals and Hayden with three. Cook scored the team’s first two goals, but the Skyhawks scored three goal to take a slight lead.
However, the Mavs scored the next three goals to take a 5-3 lead. Almost 10 minutes passed before Fort Lewis cut into the lead, but CMU responded with two quick goals.
Before halftime, Fort Lewis scored two goals to once again cut into the CMU lead. At halftime, the Mavs were ahead 7-6.
However, in the second half CMU started to distance themselves against Fort Lewis. After trading goals, the Mavs scored the final three goals of the game and the team won, 11-7.
“We started to drive more and we really used our strengths to our advantage,” head coach Abigail Wiley said. “We feed the ball and we knew exactly what we needed to do against them and we started executing in the second half.”
Goalie Jillian Pfeifer earned the win for CMU. She saved one goal and gave up six goals in 29 minutes.
The Mavs then faced off against the Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves on Friday. CMU was too much for the Thunderwolves in the first half as the team outscored Pueblo, 12-3.
The Mavs also outscored the Thunderwolves in the second half, 6-3. CMU won the game, 18-6. Cook, Paige Elliot and Amanda Barton all had hat tricks.
After their home win against Pueblo, the Mavs traveled to Alamosa to play against the Adams State Grizzlies on Sunday. After the Grizzlies tied the game early at 1-1, CMU then rattled off 15 straight goals. The team won, 16-1.
Hayden led the Mavs with four goals and Cook, Lydia Furrow and Lindsi Peters finished with hat tricks. CMU outshot Adams State, 29-6.
With the three wins, the team is now 9-2 on the season. The Mavs next game is at home against Rockhurst University at 12 p.m. on April 10.