The Justice: April 24, 2001
Lacrosse Drops Its First Two Home Games

By Beth Seltzer
Justice Editorial Assistant

The Brandeis women's lacrosse club dropped its first two home games of the season against University of Rhode Island (URI) on Wednesday and Northeastern University on Friday.

The team entered its match against Northeastern confident in its ability to win. Because this is Northeastern's inaugural lacrosse season, Brandeis believed it would have the edge.

That confidence, however, proved to be false as the visitors opened up the game early.

"After Northeastern scored its first goal, we felt that we could not win," Goalie Jess Cohen '01 said. "We were not in the right mindset and did not have confidence in our abilities. This is a problem because playing with your mind is as important as playing with your body."

Brandeis proved to be unable to overcome the early deficit, losing the game 14-9.

Marianna Zilberman '03 netted four goals, Becky Smith '03 put in three, and Lily Weinstein '04 and Co-Captain Christina Ho '01 each added one of their own.

Earlier that week, Brandeis played up to its potential against URI but still dropped the game 18-12.

"We had played them before break, so we knew that they are one of the best (teams) in the northeast," Cohen said. "Overall, I think we played really well. We played up to their level, which we sometime have a trouble doing."

Cohen praised the defense for holding up to URI's pressure.

"We (the defense) had a strong mindset. A lot of times we get discouraged after a goal, but not this time."

Josie Broussard '02, the president of the club, attributed to the team's improved performance to the addition of a new coach this semester, Kasey Ryan.

"Kasey has made such a difference, especially against URI," she said. "She helped us develop a tight man-to-man defense. In general she helped with our overall composure on the field."

In a losing effort, Zilberman scored a remarkable eight goals, Broussard scored two and Dani Louchheim '01 and Sharmi Bandyopadyay '04 each netted one.

The team's next game is today at home, against Eastern Nazarene College at 4:30 p.m. It will then play its final game at home against Brown University at 3:30 p.m. this coming Thursday.

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