Communication breakdown

Women’s lacrosse play three, win one

Queen’s Carley Miller avoids a stick lift from Western’s Adrianna Clapp Saturday.
Queen’s Carley Miller avoids a stick lift from Western’s Adrianna Clapp Saturday.
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The Gaels’ Helen Waters guards the Mustangs’ Carrie White at North Field in an 8-7 loss.
The Gaels’ Helen Waters guards the Mustangs’ Carrie White at North Field in an 8-7 loss.
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The women’s lacrosse team went one for three this weekend and communication was the deciding factor in all three, coaches said. The Gaels played the province-leading Laurier Golden Hawks and the Western Mustangs, dropping both games by scores of 15-10 and 8-7, respectively. But on Sunday the Gaels came out strong against the Guelph Gryphons and took an 18-7 victory to salvage the weekend.

Player coaches Ruth McArthur and Jodey Therriault said they felt there was great improvement in the Guelph game in the team’s overall coherence.

“We played more as a unit today than yesterday,” Therriault said. “Our transitions were better.” In the Laurier and Western games, the team’s more potent scorers were held to paltry numbers—attack player Jackie Byers in particular, who was OUA Female Athlete of the Week last month, scored one goal in each of Saturday’s games. Against Guelph she scored six goals. McArthur attributed the change to a more evenly spread offensive effort.

“Today the big difference was that we had way more people scoring,” she said.

Byers said the change in the team’s play was largely a result of the coaches giving each player individual feedback after Saturday’s game.

“Our coaches took us aside one by one, told us what we did and what we didn’t [do well],” she said. “It was nice to have someone talking one-on-one. It slowed everything down. ”

Byers said the strong communication and transitions were a result of the work they put into those aspects last week in practise, but said that there was more work to do.

“[Communication and transitions were] the stuff we executed really well,” she said. “Our team is mostly rookies, so the stuff we worked on all week was at its best this game, but we need to work more on trust and communication.”

The Gaels are back in action Oct. 18 and 19 in Waterloo, where they will face McMaster, McGill and Laurier.

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