Walking off the field with a win on Sunday, the Western women’s lacrosse team wrapped up their season and left it all on the field for their departing seniors.
The Vikings came in 3rd at the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League championship last weekend in Eugene, Ore.
After a 16-6 loss on Saturday against Oregon State University, the Vikings won their final game of the season against the University of Washington on Sunday 17-11. University of Oregon won the championships and will move on to nationals.
Despite missing the qualification for nationals, the Vikings take pride in the work they did this season.
“We played really well as a team," sophomore Linnea Whisman said. "It was the final game of the season, and we really know each other on and off the field. We wanted to win it for our seniors. We were able to be intense, have a good time and have fun with it.”
Senior Sam Merrick scored five goals in the Washington game, the final game the Vikings would play in the 2013 season, making her the Vikings top scorer of the weekend.
“Three players had hat tricks in Sunday’s game. We have a wide range of talent,” Whisman says. “It was good to see everyone leaving it on the field this weekend.”
The self-coached Vikings are setting goals for next season.
“We want to work on connecting the dots,” freshman Hannah Gose said. “We want to work on having solid defense and solid transitions into a settled offense. We want to have everything work together.”
Starting in early March, the Vikings played four regular-season games locally, competing against Washington and Oregon clubs and Oregon State University.
The Vikings beat Washington twice and Oregon State once.
To meet the nine game requirement to be considered for the wild-card nomination for nationals, the team traveled to Santa Barbara to compete in five additional games. They left California without a win.
The team is led by three captains instead of a coach.
“They all have their own way of coaching that they bring to the team,” Gose said. “It’s been a great experience with them as our leaders.”
The team will resume play again with Fall Ball in September, but Whisman said the captains let the players know preperation starts tomorrow.