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Nov. 19, 2002

Making the decision to come back and join the 2002-2003 women’s lacrosse team was very easy when you look at the entire picture. With the amazing ability of Lauren Aumiller, the shooting accuracy of Amy Appelt, the wall of Andrea Pfeiffer, the experience of our attack, a veteran defense, and nine newcomers with astonishing lacrosse abilities, who could turn an opportunity like this down? The combination these and many other factors lead to a productive and fun fall season.

As a start to every fall season we compete in the alumni game. Although the turnout was not as large as we wanted it is always fun to compete with former teammates. Later that week we traveled to the William & Mary and had our first opportunity to test the things we had spent weeks trying to perfect. Because it was a fall ball scrimmage experimental rule were implemented in each game. After struggling to maintain the lead throughout the first half the team was able to regain composure and control the pace of the second half and take a victory. Despite the victory we still needed to return to the practice field and work on many aspects of our game.

The next challenge was the University of Maryland. Taking the things we worked on as a team we were able to keep a close score during the first half and come out in the second half and dominate the game. Maryland has a great history as a program, so this win was a great feeling. After a span of away games we were in the home stretch. We played James Madison at home under the lights on the turf field. With the fall season coming to a close we expected to glide through this game straight into the final fall ball tournament with a perfect fall season; however, JMU had different plans for us. We struggled throughout the game in a few different aspects of our play but in the end we were able to salvage the win yet once again we needed to return to the practice field.

With only one week of fall ball remaining and three huge games in the final tournament the practices were very intense. Finally it was time for the tournament. First we were given another opportunity to prove ourselves against JMU and were very successful. Following that challenge we were confronted with Georgetown. After a hard fought battle with two tired teams we were able to take the lead and win the game by a goal. The last game was against Penn State and although both teams had a break before the start everyone was very warn out from an intense day of lacrosse. At the end to the day we had not only won all three games of the tournament but we had also won all out other games.

After running the 10k, six a.m. practices in the pouring rain, a practice run by the team, and six hard fought wins we are ready as a team from first years to fifth years to carry everything we have learned and begin our journey to the final four.

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